KRIM2953 – Criminological Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality and Violence

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Course content

This course addresses gender, violence and sexuality  through presenting and discussing literature, analytical perspectives and empirical case studies on sexual violence in peace- and wartime, prostitution and domestic violence.

The course critically addresses criminalization processes and presentations of gender, sexuality and violence in research, policy and media. The course crosses disciplinary boundaries and emphasizes a variety of approaches to these issues, although with a criminological starting point.

With the course literature as a point of departure, each lecture will present and discuss the current status of research related to the given theme. This will include – but not be limited to – relevant research questions, dominating and alternative approaches and research challenges relevant to the overall thematic. Every lecture aims at presenting the forefront of research within the given theme, but will also provide an overview of the research area and draw historical lines to contextualize the status quo.

All themes will cover six key areas which functions as “pegs” that run as a common thread throughout the course:

1. A historical perspective

2. Both a national and global/international perspective

3. A sensitivity to the relationship between the personal/private on the one hand and the public domain and control sphere on the other.

4. Ethnographic/empirical studies of phenomenon in question and judicial handling of crime

5. A focus on continuum and continuity vs deviance and discontinuity

6. Questioning whether heteronormativity is challenged

Learning outcome

The course emphasizes the special contribution that criminological gender research can offer to the understanding of violence, sexuality and gender, and the relation and intersection between these at individual, symbolical and institutional levels. National, transnational and international contexts are addressed, with a primary focus on gender and sexuality (re)presentations in research on and debates about domestic violence, sexual violence in peace- and wartime, prostitution and trafficking.

Knowledge:

At the end of the course, students are expected to know:

  • central discussions and positions in contemporary social scientific research on sexual and gender-based violence.
  • how sexual acts, relations and violence have been met by law and society (both sexual violence and prostitution)
  • different theoretical perspectives on domestic violence
  • different theoretical perspectives on sexual/ized violence
  • the main theoretical approaches of research on sexualized war violence
  • that presentations of violence, perpetrators and victimization processes are often gender-specific

Skills

At the end of the course, students are expected to:

  • be able to account for central theoretical themes and empirical examples addressed during the course

  • be able to identify how gender and sexuality constructs and ideals intersect in the construction and understandings of violent offenses

  • be able to discuss how gender and sexuality ideals affect social and legal responses to sexual violence

Competences

At the end of the course, students have

  • enhanced their respect and understanding for social scientific critical thinking and inquiry

  • learned what it entails to interpret, analyze and discuss scholarly texts from a gendered perspective

  • developed their capability to critically reflect on the meaning and intersection of gender and sexuality in relation to violence and in relation to the ways in which societies and policies address such violence.

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Prerequisites

Recommended previous knowledge

General knowledge of gender and crime is recommended.

Teaching

Teaching is primarily lecture driven, but includes some student activities.

Lectures: The course consists of 8 lectures.

 

Examination

Final home exam: Students are graded on the basis of a final 5-day take-home exam.

Size: Maximum 2400 words (roughly 6 pages). Front page, contents page (optional) and bibliography are not included. If footnotes are used in the text (at the bottom of each page), they are included in the 2400 word limit. Papers that exceed the 2400 word limit will be disallowed.

Any exam at the University of Oslo is being checked for both correct word count and incidents of cheating.

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You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you can submit your response in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Bachelor

Teaching

Spring 2018

Examination

Spring 2018

Teaching language

English