Women & Criminal Just System

Law School

College of Arts and Law


Code 22347

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 and 2

Module description

Lectures given to introduce students to a variety of legal issues to do with Women and the Criminal Justice System and enable them to select topic for individual research - subjects include examination and consideration of criminal involvement and criminal justice responses to women including assessment of official and other sources of crime statistics; criminological explanations for offending and non-offending by women including historical, biological, sociological and feminist perspectives; prostitution; child killing; spousal homicide; gender issues in sentencing legislative provisions, sentencing guidelines, the significance of motherhood and the issue of pregnancy; issues connected with the imprisonment of women including; examination of the secure estate for women offenders, management considerations and mother and baby units, government policies and proposals for reform; women offenders and mental health issues.