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Gender, Sexuality and Criminal Justice


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor: Sarah Lamble 
  • Assessment: a 3200-word essay or policy analysis (80%) and an oral presentation and 800-word commentary (20%)

Module description

This course introduces you to a range of contemporary debates and methodological approaches that explore the interface between gender, sexuality and criminal justice. It proceeds by examining a series of case studies that explore a range of different perspectives on longstanding and contemporary debates in the field. The structure of the course is designed to develop a substantial critical study of the contribution that gender and sexuality studies have made to an understanding of crime, criminal justice and criminological issues using an interdisciplinary perspective.

indicative module content

  • Gender, Sexuality and the Subject of Criminal Justice
  • Gendered, Classed, Racialised Deviance: Social-legal Constructions of Criminality
  • Gendering Carceral Logics: the Case for Gender Responsive Prisons?
  • Captive Genders: Sex Segregation and Transgender Imprisonment
  • Governing Autonomy, Policing Sexuality: the Case of S/M
  • Defining Gendered Harm: the Extreme Pornography Debate
  • Sexual Violence and the Meaning of Rape
  • Gender, Sexuality and State Crime: Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War
  • Saving Women, Saving Gays?: The Sexual Politics of the War on Terror
  • Regulating Prostitution and the Global Trafficking Debate
  • Gender Justice Beyond the Law: Community Responses to Intimate Violence