Gender, Sexualities and Law LAW4154
- Academic Session: 2022-23
- School: School of Law
- Credits: 30
- Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
- Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
This interdisciplinary course covers a range of theoretical approaches to the study of gender and law and will equip students with the critical tools to apply a gender critique to established legal concepts, cases, and reasoning in a variety of contexts. In semester one, the course covers the genealogy of feminist social and political thought and key philosophical debates between different feminist schools of thought. This will enable students to develop the required analytical tools to engage in the application of feminist critique in a number of areas of law (e.g. criminal law, family law, employment law) and society (e.g. sex work debate, transgender rights) during semester two.
15 two-hour seminars; normally 8 seminars in Semester 1 and 7 in semester 2.
Requirements of Entry
Admission to LLB honours.
A 2,000-word response paper to core readings to be submitted by week 8 of Semester 1.
A 5,000-word essay on a relevant topic to be approved by the course convenor and to be submitted by week 8 of Semester 2.
Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses
Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below.
This course aims to introduce students to a range of theoretical approaches to the study of gender and law and to equip them with the critical tools to apply a gender critique to established legal concepts, categories and reasoning in a variety of contexts.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
• Critically evaluate the relevance of gender issues in law and public policy and the relevance of legal interventions in gender issues;
• Articulate coherent arguments in support of theoretical positions on gender and law issues;
• Illustrate the application of gender and law considerations in regard to specific areas of law and develop arguments in favour of reform;
• Lead a class discussion;
• Take an informed position on relevant social and political issues;
• Write a critically informed essay.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 100% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment.