• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Rebecca Monson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2020
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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. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of conceptual and theoretical debates regarding the relationship between law, gender and development, particularly in terms of the shift from ‘WID’ and ‘WAD’ to ‘GAD’;
  2. Investigate, consider and explain debates about law and gender relations in the histories and social landscapes of particular countries;
  3. Identify the conceptual underpinnings of a development project or policy and consider the likely gender impacts of it;
  4. Critically reflect on their own experiences of gender and development and the conceptual underpinnings of their own assumptions, approaches and methods; and
  5. Plan and execute a complex legal research project and produce original scholarship on gender relations, law and development.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Course Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Reflective reading journal (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research Essay (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

3 hours of face to face teaching per week, for 8 weeks. The course will require advanced preparation through assigned readings. The hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses or five 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL). Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for this course. 

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:
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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9542 31 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 02 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 Online N/A

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