UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

LAWS3330 Gender and the Law

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Law and Society major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit examines critical theories of identity and their relationships with the law. It covers feminist theories, theories of sexual and gender orientation and masculinities as well as theories of intersection, between race, gender and sexuality. The first part of the unit is a survey of approaches taken by general and legal theorists. The second part examines several areas of law and society from the perspective of these ideas. The areas may include: homicide (reforms to defences); law relating to the economic life of women (e.g. pay discrepancies and the 'glass ceiling'); reproductive technology laws; and internet regulation. The unit emphasises inquiry into ideas rather than the learning of legal doctrine. It extends written and oral communication skills with a focus on theoretical and analytical discourse.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of (a) key general and legal theories of gender and sexuality and their historical development; (b) how law shapes and responds to cultural norms; and (c) how law contributes to social change and (2) develop skills in (a) reading and understanding complex theoretical texts; (b) analysing and comparing theoretical perspectives; (c) reading legal materials (statutes and cases); (d) oral and written communication; and (e) reflective thinking concerning the relationship between theory and personal, concrete experience.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) attendance or participation at lectures/seminars/tutorials; (2) essay; and (3) research paper (or examination). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Stella Tarrant
Unit rules
Prerequisites: LAWS2227 Law in Action
Contact hours 3 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.law.uwa.edu.au/Units/LAWS3330/SEM-2/2017
Note This unit will not be recorded.
Recommended
reading

Tong, R. P. Feminist Thought, 4th edn: Routledge 2013

Krien, A. Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport, Black Inc 2013


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