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Unit information: Law Gender and Sexuality in 2021/22

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Unit name Law Gender and Sexuality
Unit code LAWDM0033
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Katie Cruz
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

This unit will consider the following: feminist and masculinities theories as well as theories of sexuality as they relate to law. Other topics vary from year to year but can, for example, include: female suffrage campaigns; regulating the body; family law; reproduction; human rights; pornography; employment; legal reasoning; male violence).).

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

  • Explain the basic theories of gender and sexuality
  • Explain the application of these theories to specific topic areas studied
  • Explain the relevance of these theories to legal studies
  • Critically assess feminist and queer theories through comparison and develop your own opinion on the relative strengths/weaknesses of each theory
  • Critically assess the relevance of feminist and queer theories to the law, including how they help us understand the constitution and effects of the law, whether they highlight potential solutions to problems with current law and social policy, and what they tell us about the usefulness or otherwise of law reform

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities

Assessment Details

2 x summative assessments: 2x coursework with a specified word count (50% each)

The assessment will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.

Reading and References

  • Catharine A. MacKinnon, Towards a Feminist Theory of the State (Harvard University Press 1989)
  • Nancy Holmstrom (ed), The Socialist Feminist Project: A Contemporary Reader in Theory and Politics (Monthly Review Press 2002)
  • Sandra Harding (ed), The Feminist Standpoint Theory Reader: Intellectual and Political Controversies (Routledge 2004)
  • Carol Smart Feminism and the Power of Law (Routledge, 1989)
  • Rosemary Hunter, Claire McGlynn and Erika Rackley (eds) Feminist Judgements: From Theory to Practice (Hart, 2010)
  • Kimberlé Crenshaw, ‘Demarginalizing the intersection of race and sex: A black feminist critique of antidiscrimination doctrine, feminist theory and antiracist politics’. University of Chicago Legal Forum (1989): 139.
  • Judith Butler Gender Trouble (Routledge, 1990)
  • Joanne Conaghan Law and Gender (OUP, 2013)
  • Joanne Conaghan and Yvette Russell ‘Rape myths, law, and feminist research: "myths about myths"?’ Feminist Legal Studies (2014) 22(1): 25-48.

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