College Of Arts and Sciences | Gender and Crime
E104 | 0111 | Allen, L.

In this course, we will explore the ways in which gender shapes the
perpetration, experience, and response to crime, especially violent
crime. The course will be organized around the following questions:
how does gender affect patterns of criminality? Why, in our culture,
are men more willing to engage in crime than women?  How does gender
shape the experience of crime and violence? Finally, how does
gender¯especially beliefs about how men and women should and should
not act¯affect the way society responds to different types of

The course has three main sections. In Part I we will discuss what
gender is and how it shapes our experience of the social world. The
main objective of this section of the course is to explore whether
and how cultural conceptions of masculinity and femininity shape our
identities, experiences, and opportunities. In Part II, we will
explore the ways in which gender informs confrontations between men,
urban "street crime," rape, family violence, and female criminality.
The main questions we will explore are: why are men more likely than
women to commit violent crimes? How does gender shape which crimes
men and women commit and how they perpetrate them? How are the
various types of violence mentioned above "gendered," that is, shaped
by gender? In Part III we will analyze the way in which gender (and
race and class) shape the social and legal response to crime and

Throughout the course, we will focus on the development of important
skills and capacities. These skills include identifying and
evaluating arguments, comparing and applying theoretical approaches,
analytical thinking, developing and supporting arguments, and many
others. Each of the assignments will be oriented toward the
development of these skills. Exams will consist primarily of essay