• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law

This course is designed to explore the interactions between law gender identity and sexualities. It will:

  • provide a theoretical framework which highlights the complexity and contradictions inherent in the construction of sexualities, from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • examine a range of legal controversies surrounding sexuality
  • consider the interaction of gender, class, race and sexuality issues
  • consider the relationship between "queer" theory, lesbian and gay theory and feminist theory
  • consider the relationship between activism and the legal process.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements should be able to:
  • Define, explain, distinguish and apply the different theoretical approaches to sexuality arising from various academic disciplines and methodologies (scientific, moral, sociological, feminist and queer);
  • Use this advanced knowledge to analyse critically a range of complex legal controversies and problems, both historical and contemporary, surrounding sexuality and gender identity;
  • Explain and demonstrate the ways in which gender, class, race and sexuality interact with each other and influence the outcome of legal questions;
  • Define, explain and apply queer theory and feminist theory to legal questions surrounding sexuality and gender identity;
  • Recognise and appraise the difficulties of activism in legal processes;
  • Reflect critically on published research in law, gender identity and sexuality both orally and in writing;
  • Engage in legal research utilising a variety of legal research sources and technical research skills, including legal databases, in order to research case law, legislation and scholarly journal articles;
  • Plan and execute interdisciplinary legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship; and
  • Communicate knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.

Indicative Assessment

In this course students are expected to develop critical thinking skills along with the skills necessary in preparing and executing research and writing.  To meet these objectives, there will be 2 compulsory, non-redeemable assessment tasks: A Reflective Class Paper worth 20% and a Research Essay worth 80%.  Although both tasks are compulsory, students have a wide range of options available in choosing their topics and methodology for each task. 

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes the Bachelor of laws or Juris Doctor and completed or be completing five LAWS 1000 or 6100 level courses or JD(O) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law and International Law B.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9903 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person View

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