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This occurrence is not offered in 2023
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.
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.
The assessment is likely to consist of an online quiz on the theory; 1-2 page concept summary and associated 1-2 minute group-based video presentation; a reflective learning journal, and a 3,000 word research essay.The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.
Domestic fee $868.00
International fee $4,488.00
* 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