HSRV210-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Gender, Crime and Social Theory

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course considers a range of explanatory theories emanating from a range of disciplines that contribute to current understandings of gender, crime, deviance, social theory and social control. There is significant input from visiting professionals in criminal justice and allied practices relevant to the topic. Theories and constructions of crime, deviance, violence and gender will be discussed as these relate to gendered experiences within and without the criminal justice system.

Learning Aims:
• To examine the social, economic and political implications of violence perpetrated by and
  towards women on society - both within New Zealand and internationally;
• To introduce students to research and literature pertaining to female crime and deviance;
• To explore issues relating to theories of risk, prediction and responses related to female  offending;
• To consider formal and informal social responses to violence as a gendered issue.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of the nature of social construction of violence, crime, deviance and gender as well as how these intersect;
  • Critical understanding of formal and informal social responses to violent behaviour;
  • Knowledge of human service systems and organisations that respond to violence and victims;
  • To examine specific programme initiatives related to the provision of social services for female offenders and victims in New Zealand
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


15 points at 100 level in HSRV AND 15 points from either Schedule V to the BA, Schedule C to the BSW(Hons), Schedules C or E to the BCJ; OR 60 points from the BA, BSW(Hons) or BCJ.


HSRV303, HSRV310

Course Coordinator

Nik Taylor


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online tasks 30% Due date to be advised - ongoing throughout semester
Essay 1 30% Due date to be advised
Essay 2 40% Due date to be advised

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All HSRV210 Occurrences

  • HSRV210-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023
  • HSRV210-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)