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Created: June 22, 2003
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Site Teaching Modules CRMJ/SOCA 233 Criminology:
Week 13 Feminist Criminology
You will be held accountable for purposes of grading for the readings and exercises listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition, you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.

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Week 13: Week of November 23, 2003

  • Topic:Feminist Criminology

  • Preparatory Readings & Other Materials:
    • Williams and McShane. Criminology Theory. chapters by Klein.
    • Pollock. Criminal Women. ch. 4, 6 and 9.
    • "Sisters in Crime" by Freda Adler to be distributed in class.
    • optional -- Adler. Criminology. ch.11 and 12

  • Lecture: in class
    • Guest Lecturer: Ms. Jennifer Bias (November 26th)

    • Concepts:

      • social differentiation
      • female passivity
      • gender inequality
      • feminism
      • economic marginalization
      • sexism

    • Discussion Questions:

      1. What do feminist approaches add to criminological theory? Why.

      2. Why do you think early theorists ignored female criminality?

      3. Klein writes about the "legacy of sexism." What does she mean, and how important do you think this is for theorizing about crime and delinquency today? Why.

      4. How do you think the Women's Movement and the corresponding changes that were occurring in American society affected Adler's ideas on female crime as she wrote "Sisters in Crime?" Why.

      5. What is Pollock's critique of feminist criminology? Do you agree or disagree with her critique? Why.

  • Past Lectures and Related Links:

      Theory Resources Page

      Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

  • Some Recommended Activities:

    1. Show and Tell: Bring in a current event or find a program (other than those mentioned in the readings or lectures) showing how feminist criminology informs policy and practice.

    2. Explore one of these topics:
      --- Trace the development and progress of the Women's Movement. What impact does it have on the development of criminological theories? Why.
      --- Compare and contrast girls in gangs with that of boys?

    3. Recommended Readings

      Freda Adler. Sisters in Crime .

      Anne Campbell. Girls in Gangs .

Now, check the Minimum Requirements for Criminology, Week 13.

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