LAWS344-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Gender and the Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This course will provide an introduction to feminist legal theory and analyse areas of law that raise gender issues, including in a bicultural context.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  •  Reflect upon the gendered nature of the law and its impact on society, on Aotearoa bi-cultural society and on the international level;
  •  Understand and articulate a range of different feminist critiques of the law, including an understanding of mana wāhine;
  •  Distinguish between different understandings of ‘equality’ and its impact upon gender;
  •  Critically examine how gender and culture intersect in the New Zealand legal context, including for Māori and Pasifika women;
  •  Identify gender issues in New Zealand or international legal contexts and construct responses to those issues;
  •  Reflect on and engage with the community of women in the legal profession; and
  •  Communicate orally in a persuasive and effective manner.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Annick Masselot


Abby Suszko , Natalie Baird , Elisabeth McDonald and Ursula Cheer


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Online Quiz 26 Aug 2021 20%
Essay 01 Oct 2021 45%
Written Summary 01 Oct 2021 15%
Video Presentation 01 Oct 2021 20%
Reflective Journal 22 Oct 2021

The assessment is likely to consist of an online quiz on the theory (20%); 1-2 page concept summary (15%) and associated 1-2 minute group-based video presentation (15%); a reflective learning journal (10%), and a 3,000 word research essay (40%).

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $831.00

International fee $4,200.00

* 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.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

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  • LAWS344-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021