LLM Programme

The taught modules offered on the LLM programme vary from year to year. Please check the full list of taught modules list for details of modules running in specific academic years. We make every effort to ensure that every module will be offered, but modules are subject to change and cancellation. You are therefore advised to check this site regularly for further updates throughout the year preceding entry to the LLM programme.

Credit value: 30 credits (12 ECTS)

Module Convenor:
Professor Alison Diduck

Other Teachers:
Mr Colm O’Cinneide
and various guest lecturers
Intercollegiate teaching: No, but guest lectures from different universities
Teaching Method: 20 x two-hour seminars
Who may enrol: LLM students, other UCL Masters students
Prerequisites: None
Barred module combinations: None
Core module for specialism: Criminal Justice, Family and Social Welfare, Human Rights Law, Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
Practice Assessment: to be confirmed
Assessment method for Masters students: 3-hour unseen written examination
Module Overview

Module summary

This module offers both theoretical and practical engagements with the law to assess the contribution a feminist perspective can offer to understanding legal and social relations. We will look, for example, at law’s theoretical underpinnings and its assumptions about the nature of the state and the individual. We will 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

The seminar topics may change from year to year but a representative syllabus would include:

  • Feminist theories
  • Feminist engagements with legal concepts: equality; discrimination; autonomy; rights
  • Gender, Sexuality and Crime/Violence
  • Gender, Sexuality and Employment
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Family
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Judiciary
  • Women and Human Rights: European and International
  • Human Rights, Women and Culture
  • Gender and International Law: Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes and International Tribunals.

Recommended materials

None – seminars will be based on a series of articles and texts, notification of which will come at the beginning of the module.

Preliminary reading: to be confirmed
Other information: to be confirmed
Prizes for this module: There are currently no prizes available for this module.


The application process for the 2014-15 academic session, for entry in September 2014, is now open.

Please refer to the How to apply section for information on the application process.