LAWS3330 Gender and the Law

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Law and Society; Criminology; Gender Studies major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
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. This is a seminar unit: face to face participation applies to all of the three hours per week and none of the classes are recorded.
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 critical legal materials; (d) oral and written communication; and (e) reflective thinking concerning the relationship between theory and personal, concrete experience.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation at seminars/tutorials; (2) response papers; and (3) major essay. 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
LAWS2227 Law in Action
LAWS2220 Birth, Life, Death and the Law
at least one other Level 2 Law and Society options
Contact hours
3 hours per week
The classes in this unit will not be recorded.

Tong, R. P. and Fernandez Botts, T., Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction, 5th edn: Westview Press 2017  ISBN-13: 978-0813349954 ISBN-10: 0813349958

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

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