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.

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 the issue, although with a criminological starting point.

With the course literature as a point of departure, each lecture will present and discuss the historical development and current status of theory and empirical research on sexual violence. This will include – but not be limited to – relevant research questions, dominating and alternative approaches and research challenges relevant to the overall thematic.

Learning outcome

The course emphasizes the special contribution that criminological gender research can offer to the understanding of violence and sexuality, 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 sexual violence.


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 violence.

  • know how sexual acts, relations and violence have been met by law and society

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

  • 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 on the course is given in the form of eight lectures. The students are also encouraged to form study groups and the teachers will facilitate this during the first lecture. The course will during spring 2021 be taught in the form of digital lectures. Some of the lectures will be streamed live and recorded, while others may be made available only as recordings.


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.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

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 exam paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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.

Special examination arrangements

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