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CRIM 213 - Women and the Criminal Justice System

This course will provide an in-depth analysis of the theoretical, historical and contemporary issues involving women and the criminal justice system. Topics covered will include female victims, female offenders, and female workers within the criminal justice system. Specific emphasis will be placed on the experiences of Aboriginal women and women in the north.


Credits:  3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours)


Total Weeks:  8



Any 100 level Criminology course


Non-Course Prerequisite:




Course Content:
- Introduction to Women and the Criminal Justice System
- Theories of Female Crime
- Criminal Justice Response to Female Offenders
- Female Offenders and Mental Health Issues
- Female Youth and the Justice System
- The Criminal Justice Response to Female Victims
- Female Workers in the Criminal Justice System
- Aboriginal Women and the Criminal Justice System
- Visible Minorities and the Justice System
- Northern Issues in Criminal Justice
- Women and Policing
- Women and the Courts
- Women and Corrections
- Gender and Law
- New Directions in Criminal Justice


Learning Outcomes:
Upon the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Describe the role of gender in understanding of crime, women, and the justice system.
- Summarize the theories of female criminality.
- Describe specific issues related to the treatment of women, as both victims and offenders, by the criminal justice system and give examples of their unique needs in processing by police, the courts, corrections, and rehabilitation agencies.
- Describe the unique historical and contemporary experience of the criminal justice system by Aboriginal women and women in the north.
- Explain the challenges women face as criminal justice practitioners and participants in the criminal justice system.

- Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills.


Grading System:  Letters


Passing Grade:  D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  100


Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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