LAWSG027 Gender, Law and the State: Current Legal Issues

Credit value: 30 credits (15 ECTS, 300 learning hours)
Convenor: Alison Diduck
Other Teachers: Colm O’Cinneide;
Elaine Genders;
Jeff King
Teaching Delivery: 20 x 2-hour weekly seminars, 10 seminars per term, Term One and Two
Who may enrol: Any UCL Master’s student
Prerequisites: None
Must not be taken with: None
Qualifying module for: LLM in Criminal Justice, Family and Social Welfare;
LLM in Human Rights Law;
LLM in Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
Introductory video Currently there is no introductory video for this module
Practice Assessment: Students may submit an answer to a past exam question to obtain feedback
Final Assessment: One 3-hour unseen written examination (100%)
Module Overview
Module summary:

Feminist legal theory offers a challenge to conventional ways of understanding the form, meaning and function of law and it offers a critique of foundational assumptions about law. This module will examine feminist legal theory both in conceptual analysis and in practical argument. We will look, for example, at law’s theoretical underpinnings and its assumptions about the nature of the state and the individual. We will then explore various areas of public and private law and examine law’s role in challenging, creating or reproducing gender relations. Sex-specific and sex-related legislation and policy will be analysed in the light of current debates within feminist theory.

Module syllabus:

This module offers both theory and practical engagements with the law and institutions of the state such as parliament, the bench, prisons and health services. It assesses the contribution a feminist perspective can offer to understanding women’s engagement with different national laws, human rights documents and international conventions. The module is taught by a number of tutors, each with specialist expertise in the subject area.

Recommended materials:

There is no course text, although we will be referring to several chapters from V Munro (2007) Law and Politics at the Perimeter: Re-evaluating Key Debates in Feminist Theory Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Preliminary reading: