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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: SOC2019 Module Title: CRIME, GENDER AND SEXUALITY
Module Provider: Sociology Short Name: SOC2019
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: JOHNSON PJ Dr (Sociology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability


Assessment Pattern
One essay of 1,500-2,000 words (50%) and one examination (50%)
Module Overview

Sexual offences may not be as common as other forms of recorded crime but they provoke high levels of anxiety and concern.  This module will explore crime and deviance in relation to a number of substantive areas related to sexuality.  It will consider how different types of offences are structured in relation to sexuality and gender and how this organises responses to them. 


Module Aims
Learning Outcomes

Have completed the module, students should:



1          Have an understanding of sociological and criminological approaches to sexuality and gender


2          Be able to apply sociological theories and concepts to a number of different substantive issues around sexuality and sexual offences


3          Have a critical awareness of both formal and informal social responses to crimes related to gender and sexuality



Module Content

The course will consider:



·         the social construction of sexuality and the law


·         domestic/familial violence


·         incest and child sexual abuse


·         paedophilia and policing


·         sexual harassment, violence and rape


·         homosexuality, deviance and social control


·         ‘hate crimes’, homophobia and violence


·         pornography


·         prostitution


·         punishment, treatment and social control of sexual offenders


Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures and seminars.
Selected Texts/Journals

Foucault, M (1979). The History of Sexuality: Volume 1.  Penguin


Moran, L & Skeggs, B (2004). Sexuality and the Politics of Violence and Safety.  Routledge


Phoenix , J & Oerton, J (2005).  Illicit and Illegal: Sex, Regulation and Social Control


Smart, C (1990).  Feminism and the Power of the Law.  Routledge


Thomas, T (2000).  Sex Crime: Sex Offending and Society.  Willan


Weeks, J (1989).  Sex, Politics and Society: The Regulation of Sexuality since 1800 (2nd


edition).  Longmann



Last Updated

September 2010