Spring 2020 - CRIM 213 D900

Women and Criminal Justice (3)

Class Number: 6967

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SRYC 5240, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SRYC 5280, Surrey

  • 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.


This course 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 10%
  • Tutorial Media Reflection (Presentation) 5%
  • Written Assignment 25%
  • Midterm 30%
  • Final Exma 30%



1. Barker, J. & Tavcer, D. S. (Eds.). (2018). Women and the criminal justice system: A Canadian perspective (2nd ed.). Toronto, ON: Emond Montgomery Publications.
a. Note: there will be a reserve copy in the Bennett Library.
b. Note: second edition is required.

2. Additional readings available through the SFU library website or Google

Department Undergraduate Notes:

If you have any Criminology course enrollment requests (course adds, course swaps), please contact a Criminology advisor. Please do not contact instructors for enrollment assistance as they will ultimately refer you to a Criminology advisor.

Criminology course enrollment requests should be sent to a Criminology advisor no later than the last day of the Second week of classes. Late enrollment requests are subject to approval and are not guaranteed. 

Enrollment requests for non-Crim courses should be directed to the advisor for the program offering the course. 

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.
  • ON CAMPUS COURSES ONLY: Assignments not submitted to the Professor/T.A. during class/office hours must be placed in the security box behind the General Office (ASSC 10125), or submitted as per Professor’s instructions for courses taking place at Surrey Campus. The assignment drop-off box is emptied Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. only and the contents are date stamped accordingly. No other department’s date stamp will apply (e.g. Library/Campus Security) and the School of Criminology is not responsible for assignments submitted any other way (e.g. slid under office doors). The University does NOT accept assignments by fax. 
  • 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://www.sfu.ca/students/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