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Gender and Law

Module code: LLBP 3028

Module description

This module explores the relationship between law and gender (broadly defined), focussing on the role of the law in the construction, reinforcement and breakdown of gendered inequalities, as well as gendered assumptions that inform the processes of law, legal method and law making. Key discourses are examined, and conceptual tools are employed to aid student’s understanding of the relationship between law and gender, conceptions of femininity and masculinity, sexual division of labour, discrimination, equality and difference, and care. 

Students will be introduced to a range of feminist theories with a specific focus on feminist legal theories.  Students will also be introduced to key debates and ways of analysing the relationship between gender and law, including notions of equality and its relationship to justice in a variety of local and global settings.  The module will consider both gender justice and inequality within the UK legal context and the global dimension including considerations of state law, customary laws, religious law and personal laws.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 20 hours
  • Seminars/Workshops: 22 hours


  • Reflective Journal (20%)
  • Presentation (30%)
  • Research Project (50%) 

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books