JST220 Gender and Crime (8)

This subject will provide students with a comprehensive study of issues relating to sex and gender in the criminal justice system. Students will engage with key theories of feminism, postmodernity, critical criminology, intersectionality, power and queer theory. Concepts of gender, sexuality, masculinity and femininity will be critically analysed. Relationships between gender, law, sexuality, policing, policy, politics, crime and media will be explored. These relationships will be examined through topics such as discrimination, harassment, pornography, sex work, trafficking, abortion, sexual violence, domestic violence, workplace rights, and security.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST220. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand and critically analyse relationships between gender, law, sexuality, policing, policy, politics, crime and media;
  • be able to critically engage with key theories of feminism, postmodernity, critical criminology, intersectionality, power and queer theory;
  • be able to critically discuss and apply their understanding to the subject content
  • be able to demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to understanding crime, gender and sexuality;
  • be able to articulate their understanding clearly and cogently;
  • be able to use the work of major theorists and authors to inform their understanding;
  • able to demonstrate a growing professional awareness by being professional in all communications and conduct with academic staff and other students, and through presentation of assignments


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to sex and crime: concepts of masculinity and femininity, sexuality, refresher on feminist theory; Topics such as: Discrimination: anti discrimination legislation, limits and potentials of legislation to address discrimination, workplace rights; Intersectionality: vulnerability, race, class and gender; LGBTI: rights and the law, LGBTI and policing, identity, sexuality, transgenderism and the law; Harassment: sexual harassment, gender and the workplace; Gender and the body: abortion, family planning, consent, identity politics; Sex crimes: sexual violence, incest; Trafficking; Sex work; Power and gender: critical theory, security, control; Domestic violence: policing, power, media will be covered.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST220 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Policy document reflection
Policy document overview and bibliography
Policy analysis and critique
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.