Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Tara Harris


The focus on women and crime 'enriches' and 'complicates' societies' understanding of the crime problem. The unit examines the gendered nature of crime and how stereotyping is played out in the Criminal Justice System. The unit explores key feminist and theories to better understand how crime and criminality is portrayed in contemporary society.


By the successful completion of the unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A grounded working knowledge of the major theoretical approaches that constitute the field of feminist approaches to crime and justice.
  2. An informed understanding of how gender is constructed in society, the media and the criminal justice system, particularly from an African perspective.
  3. Library and internet based research skills.
  4. The ability to think critically and analytically, and to be able to articulate those ideas.
  5. A focus upon the production of scholarly research as the end point of a process of reading, discussion, drafting and debate.
  6. The production of well-researched, well-documented and presented essays.
  7. The ability to work independently as scholars.
  8. The ability to conduct independent research effectively and responsibly when dealing with gender and crime.


Written: 60%(3000 words)
Class test:30%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar and one 1-hour tutorial

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