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

Gender issues, particularly in relation to women's status and rights, occupy a prominent place in debates about aid and development. Law is often perceived to play a crucial role in shaping men's and women's social, economic and political opportunities, and is seen as both a barrier to women's rights as well as a potential solution to gender inequality.

This course explores the relationship between gender, law and development, particularly in so-called 'developing' countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific. It introduces a range of conceptual frameworks, which are explored through an examination of prominent aid and development issues, such as: 

• Rights to land and other natural resources;

• Family law;

• Gender based violence and violence against women;

• Employment and labour;

• Conflict and peace-building.

These thematic areas provide an opportunity for students to critically examine the presumed and actual relationship between international and domestic legal frameworks and gender inequality, as well as consider debates about the role and recognition of customary laws and institutions. Particular attention will be paid to the insights of postcolonial feminists and critical race theorists and the work of women of colour, including in relation to the importance of acknowledging the diverse ways in which feminisms may be expressed. 

This unit draws on the extensive scholarly and applied expertise in gender and development at the ANU and is designed to encourage student engagement and participation. 

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.

Requisite and Incompatibility

no prerequisite required except for those enrolled in: a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level or 6100 level courses, OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8182 Principles of International Law OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (MJDOL) and have completed the course LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B

Fees

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:
Band 3
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
5658 13 Mar 2019 20 Mar 2019 05 Apr 2019 19 Jun 2019 In Person

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions