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This course will provide an introduction to feminist legal theory and analyse areas of law that raise gender issues.
The course is structured around three core theoretical issues (equality, feminism(s) and the intersection of gender and culture), which will be applied to a range of topics.Topics will vary from year to year but may include:• International norms on gender equality;• Legal responses to violence against women; • Gender issues in reproductive health law;• Gender issues in employment law; • Women in the legal profession;• Women in the context of censorship, specifically pornography;• Gender issues in criminal justice; • Gender issues in relationship property law; and• The challenge of intersexuality and changing gender.Please note: Students enrolled in other degrees, at 300 level, who do not have the prerequisites and co-requisites, but have completed appropriate courses in another discipline, may apply to the Head of Department for a waiver.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1. Reflect upon the gendered nature of the law and its impact on society; 2. Understand and articulate a range of different feminist critiques of the law;3. Distinguish between different understandings of ‘equality’ and its impact upon gender;4. Critically examine how gender and culture intersect in the New Zealand legal context; 5. Identify gender issues in New Zealand or international legal contexts and construct responses to those issues; and6. Communicate orally in a persuasive and effective manner.
(i) LAWS101 and (ii) LAWS110;
LAWS202-LAWS206. Students enrolled in other degrees, at 300 level, who do not have the above prerequisites and corequisites, but have completed appropriate courses in another discipline, may apply to the Head of Department for a waiver.
, Abby Suszko
, Ursula Cheer
and Natalie Baird
The assessment is likely to consist of 1-2 page concept summary and associated 1-2 minute group-based video presentation (30%), a reflective learning journal (20%) and a 5,000 word research essay (50%).The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.
Domestic fee $775.00
International fee $3,525.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
School of Law.