Where modules run over two terms as a 30 credit module, SIL students will attend and be assessed on the contents of term 1. Please note that some modules reflect this with an additional "A" in their module code, but this is not the case for all of them due to special assessment arrangements for SIL students.
All assessments are graded on a pass/fail basis.
GENDER, LAW AND THE STATE: CURRENT LEGAL ISSUES (LAWSG027) Credit value: 30 credits (12 ECTS)
Assessment method for UCL Master students: 3-hour unseen written examination
Assessment method for SIL students: 3,000 word coursework essay
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.
The seminar topics may change from year to year but a representative syllabus would include:
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.
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.