Criminal Justice-COLL | Gender and Crime
P300 | 27459 | Herrera
The interplay between gender, crime, and criminal justice received
very little attention in the sociological and criminological
literatures prior to the 1980s. Women’s involvement in crime has
been historically overlooked in theory, research, and programming.
Indeed, one of the key points made by feminist theorists and gender
researchers studying crime is that females and gender have been
either neglected, or researchers have explained female behavior
using traditional theoretical approaches based on male behavior,
rather than considering the unique ways that gender may affect crime
and criminal justice experiences.
Since much of the information about crime and the criminal justice
system is presented in relation to men, a course focused on women
fills a tremendous gap in the criminal justice discourse. The goal
of this course is to provide a general understanding of women’s
victimization, criminal behavior, and treatment by the criminal
justice system. We will examine the prevalence and impact domestic
violence and sexual assault in the lives of women; we will explore
explanations of women’s violence and offending, including the
effects of poverty, substance use, and previous victimization
history; and conclude with an examination of women’s experiences in
court and in prison.
Throughout this 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.
Class meeting: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-3:45, BH 005
Instructor: Professor Veronica Herrera, criminal justice department