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