KRIM4953 – 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.


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

  • have a thorough understanding of the central discussions and positions in contemporary social scientific research on sexual and gender-based violence.

  • know how sexual violence and prostitution have been met by law and society

  • know and be able to evaluate the different theoretical and epistemological perspectives on domestic violence

  • know and be able to discuss the contributions of different theoretical perspectives on sexual/ized violence

  • know the main theoretical approaches of research on sexualized war violence and be able to discuss the prospects and limitations of gendered approaches to the phenomenon.

  • know how presentations of violence, perpetrators and victimization processes are often gender-specific and be able to reflect on potential consequences such gendered understandings may have.


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

  • be able to apply central concepts, theories and empirical examples in analysis of sexual violence

  • be able to discuss and problematize central themes addressed through the course

  • be able to critically discuss how gender and sexuality constructs intersect and affect social and legal responses to sexual violence

  • be able to present and discuss historical trends and developments addressed in lectures and literature

  • be able to reflect around the relationship between theory and empirical data.


  • 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 constructs in relation to violence and in relation to the ways in which societies and policies address such violence.


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Recommended previous knowledge

General knowledge of gender and crime is recommended.


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

Lectures: The course consists of 8 lectures.


Final home exam: Students are graded on the basis of a final 4-day take-home exam.

Size: Maximum 3600 words (roughly 9 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 3600 word limit. Papers that exceed the 3600 word limit will be disallowed.

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


Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

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Submit assignments in Inspera

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

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

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

The examination text is given in English, and you can submit your response in either 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.

Marking criteria 

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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.

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Facts about this course






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Spring 2019

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