College of Arts and Sciences | Gender and Crime (S&H) (3 cr.)
E104 | 11474 | Herrera

9:05 AM – 9:55 AM TR
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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 female behavior, when not
neglected, is explained 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 and crime by
focusing on three main areas: 1) women's victimization, 2) women's
criminal behavior and violence, and 3) the criminal justice system's
response to and treatment of female offenders. Class assignments are
oriented toward the development of analytical and critical thinking
skills. Exams consist primarily of multiple choice and short answer.