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Undergraduate Course: Gender, Law, and Society (LAWS10258)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course critically examines the way in which law, gender, and society are co-constituted. It interrogates the social and cultural norms which shape law¿s framing of gender, focusing on feminist socio-legal approaches to law by drawing on case examples from the Feminist Judgments Project.
Course description The primary aim of this course is to provide students with a theoretically informed insight into the intersection and interaction between gender, law, and society. Adopting a socio-legal framework, the course critically explores the changing social constructions of gender, the gendered subject of law, and the gendered nature of legal judgments. Students will be introduced to a range of feminist theories and methodologies, with a specific focus on feminist legal theories to better understand the ways in which key issues manifest in different contexts.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  34
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is assessed by a) formative group presentation (20%) and b) a summative essay (4,000 words) (80%).
Feedback Students will receive oral feedback on their group presentations, which will count for 20% of their overall mark. The feedback given on the presentations will offer direct guidance to the students in preparation for their summative assignment; more specifically, those relating to research and analytical skills which will be necessary for successful completion of the summative essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Obtain a critical understanding of how gender, law and society intersect and interact.
  2. Develop a critical appreciation of feminist theoretical perspectives and research methodologies.
  3. The ability to analyse and investigate social and cultural phenomena through the lens of gender with an appreciation of a range of disciplinary and intersectional perspectives.
  4. The ability to use primary and secondary literature to develop critical analyses of issues relating to gender, law, and society.
  5. The development of critical and reflective thinking skills and which will enable them to become effective and influential contributors.
Reading List
1. Rosemary Hunter, ¿Feminist Approaches to Socio-Legal Studies¿ in Naomi Creutzfeldt, Marc Mason, and Kirsten McConnachie (eds), Routledge Handbook of Socio-Legal Theory and Methods (Routledge 2019).
2. Sharon Cowan, Chloe Kennedy, and Vanessa E. Munro (eds), Scottish Feminist Judgments: (Re)creating Law from the Outside In (Hart 2019).
3. Cecilia L. Ridgeway and Shelley J. Correll, ¿Unpacking the Gender System¿ (2016) 18 Gender & Society 510.
4. Martha Fineman, Jack E. Jackson, and Adam P. Romero, Feminist and Queer Legal Theory: Intimate Encounters, Uncomfortable Conversations (Routledge 2016).
5. Sedef Arat-Koc, ¿Migrant and Domestic Care Workers: Unfree Labour, crises of Social Reproduction and the Unsustainability of Life under ¿Vagabond¿ Capitalism¿ in Juanita Elias and Adrienne Roberts (eds), Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender (Edward Elgar 2018).
6. Maggie Wykes and Kirsty Welch, Violence, Gender and Justice (SAGE 2009).
7. Sharon Cowan and Rebecca Hewer, ¿Vulnerability, Victimhood, and Sex Offences¿ in Chris Ashford and Alexander Maine (eds) Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law (Edward Elgar 2020).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduate Attributes: Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
Students will develop a critical understanding of the key debates, practices and policy considerations in this area.
Students will be supported to develop critical thinking skills in order to become critical lawyers or critical legal scholars.
Graduate Attributes: Research and Enquiry
Students will develop a critical understanding of feminist empirical research methodologies and practices. They will become familiar with reflexive practices by incorporating them into their own intellectual endeavours via the formative assessment.
Graduate Attributes: Communication
By interactive discussion, students will learn the value of shared dialogue to the formation and refinement of their thinking. The will also develop an ability to formulate considered questions, to articulate connected explanations, and a sensitivity to terminological issues in the field.
KeywordsGender,Law,Society,Feminism,Feminist Legal Theory
Course organiserMs Donna Crowe-Urbaniak
Tel: (0131 6)50 2343
Course secretaryMiss Emma Hughes
Tel: (0131 6)50 2008
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