LAWGENRL 422 - Women and the Law

Credit points: 15 points
Offered: Semester One
Contact hours: 3 hours per week
Course Coordinator: Professor Julia Tolmie
Prerequisites: LAW 201, 211

Course description

A study of the dual role of the law in addressing and maintaining gender inequality, feminist thought on the gendered nature of law, and specific legal issues relevant to the status and interests of women in society.

Content outline

The course will provide an introduction to and overview of general feminist legal history. Liberal feminism, radical feminism, post-modern feminism and ‘anti-essentialist’ (including indigenous and Maori) feminism will all be examined as they impact upon the practice and theorising of the law.

Key guest speakers will also be invited to speak on topical issues pertaining to women and the law at different critical junctures in the course.

Assessment

4000 word journal entry (70%)

2 x 1000 word journal entries - best 2 out of 3 (30%)