Major Essay

Learning Objectives: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
You are required to address one of the following topics:
1. The women’s liberation hypothesis posits that with female societal emancipation women’s offending will increase in frequency and become more akin to male crime (i.e. gender convergence). Current portrayals of young women in the popular media suggest that the women’s liberation hypothesis may be correct with reports arguing that young women’s offending, particularly their use of violence, is on the rise. As such, young women’s use of violence is now portrayed as being similar to that of young men. Utilising the research literature, provide an assessment of the women’s liberation hypothesis by exploring the proposition of gender convergence in youth violent offending.
Hint What you will need to do to address this essay topic: 1) find and discuss media reports suggesting that young women’s violent offending is increasing and becoming similar to young men’s use of violence; 2) discuss the women’s liberation hypothesis; 3) find and discuss research literature that has investigated whether or not young women’s violence is increasing to levels similar to that of young men (you might also use primary data e.g. government crime statistics); 4) determine and discuss whether or not, based on the research literature (and primary data if used), young women’s violence is actually increasing to levels similar to young men; 5) in light of the evidence that you have gathered, discuss the salience of the women’s liberation hypothesis, 6) explore/discuss other plausible explanations for your findings.
2. The purpose of this essay is to consider how R.W. Connell’s (1995) concept of hegemonic masculinity might illuminate our understanding of male violent offending? Utilising the research literature, use the concept of hegemonic masculinity to explore and explain one of the following offences committed by men: 1) sexual assault of women; 2) violent hate crimes against homosexual men; 3) opposite sex intimate partner violence; 4) same sex intimate partner violence; 5) sexual abuse of children; 6) filicide (i.e. killing of one’s own children).
Hint What you will need to do to address this essay topic: 1) discuss Connell’s concept of hegemonic masculinity; 2) find and discuss research literature that has investigated the connection between hegemonic masculinity and the crime you have chosen; 3) utilising this research literature explore and explain how the concept of hegemonic masculinity might illuminate our understanding of the crime you have chosen.
Grades
Criterion 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
1. Attention to purpose • Has addressed the essay clearly, in a concise and focused manner • Has addressed the essay question clearly with a minor lack of focus • Has addressed main purpose of essay question, some material does not address the question • Some of work addresses the essay question, but there is a significant lack of focus • Fails to address the essay question
2. Content • Detailed and relevant authoritative knowledge of essay topic with no inaccuracies • Detailed and relevant authoritative knowledge of the essay topic with only minor omissions or inaccuracies • Sound knowledge of the essay topic with some omissions or inaccuracies of relevant material apparent • Demonstrates knowledge of the essay topic but there are significant gaps and inaccuracies in material presented • Limited knowledge of essay topic demonstrated or profound misunderstanding of content area
4. Analysis & synthesis • Outstanding analysis and clear conclusions well-grounded in the literature • Excellent analysis and clear conclusions grounded in the literature, only minor errors • Sound analysis and conclusions grounded the literature, with some moderate errors • Some analysis and conclusions grounded in the literature, with some substantial errors • Unsubstantiated/invalid conclusions based on anecdote and generalisation only, or no conclusions at all, with major errors
5. Clarity of expression,
format of assignment, referencing • Very fluent writing style, and grammar and spelling accurate
• Essay is structured in a clear and logical way.
• Referencing is consistently accurate • Language fluent, grammar and spelling accurate
• Essay is generally structured in a clear and logical way
• Referencing is mainly accurate • Language mainly fluent, grammar and spelling mainly accurate
• The essay has minor errors in structure
• Referencing is mainly accurate • Meaning apparent, but language is not always fluent, grammar and/or spelling contain errors
• Substantial problems with essay structure.
• Some attempt at referencing • Meaning unclear and/or grammar and/or spelling contain frequent errors
• Essay structure is unclear and illogical
• Referencing is absent/unsystematic

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