Fall 2018 - CRIM 213 D100

Women and Criminal Justice (3)

Class Number: 7767

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2018
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Any 100 division CRIM course.



This course offers an historical and analytical overview of women and crime, taking into account the role of gender in both criminality and social responses to crime. Specific emphasis will be given to feminist theories. Attention will focus on the specific crimes and patterns of control and punishment.


In this course, we will examine historical and contemporary perspectives of female crime.  In addition we will look at criminal justice responses to women’s crime with a focus on women’s imprisonment in Canada. Specific emphasis will be given to the media’s portrayal of women who come in conflict with the law. This course will also highlight the connection between women’s victimization and criminality, women as victims, the overrepresentation of minority women in the criminal justice system and women’s experiences in criminal justice professions.


  • Tutorial Participation 5%
  • Tutorial Media Reflection & Presentation 15%
  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Book Review 30%
  • Final Exam 25%



1. Barker, J., & Sharie, T. (2017). Women and the criminal justice system: A Canadian perspective (2nd edition). Emond Montgomery Publications. ISBN: 978-1-77255-181-5             1.1 the earlier edition cannot be substitute.

2. Shenher, L. (2016). That lonely section of hell: The botched investigation of a serial killer who almost got away. Greystone Books. ISBN: 978-1771642576.

3. Additional on-line readings as required (available on Canvas).

Department Undergraduate Notes:

ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities, (MBC 1250 or Phone 778-782-3112) if you need or require assistance, not your individual instructors.  

  • N.B.: Students are reminded that attendance in the first week of classes is important. However, there are no tutorials in the first week.
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  • A student must complete ALL aspects of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses and other), otherwise he/she will receive a grade of N. 
  • E-mail policy for on campus courses only: The School of Criminology STRONGLY DISCOURAGES the use of e-mail in lieu of office hour visits. Criminology advises its instructional staff that they are NOT required to respond to student e-mails and that students wishing to confer with them should do so in person during scheduled meeting times.
  • The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
  • Under GP18, the University has policies and procedures which respond to our obligations under the BC Human Rights Code to provide a harassment and discrimination free environment for the students, staff and faculty of this institution.  Members of this community have an affirmative obligation to safeguard the human rights of others.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html