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:
- Distinguish and apply the different theoretical approaches to sexuality arising from various academic disciplines and methodologies (scientific, moral, sociological, feminist and queer);
- Critically analyse a range of complex legal controversies and problems surrounding sexuality and gender identity, and appraise the difficulties of activism in legal processes;
- Examine the ways in which gender, class, ethnicity, and sexuality interact with each other and influence the outcome of legal questions;
- Synthesise and apply queer theory and feminist theory to legal questions surrounding sexuality and gender identity;
- Reflect critically on research in law, gender identity and sexuality and communicate knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences both orally and in writing;
- Plan and execute legal and interdisciplinary research, utilising case law, legislation, scholarly journal articles, and legal databases, in order to produce original scholarship.
Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.
- 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. (null) [LO null]
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- Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 36 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
- Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
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