Feminist Legal Theory

Subject 730-369 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Legal Method and Reasoning; Principles of Public Law; Torts; Legal Theory or in each case their equivalents.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Professor J Morgan
Subject Overview:

The subject provides a theoretical introduction to feminist engagements with law. It is an applied theory course. After a brief introduction to the broad array of doctrinal areas challenged by feminist approaches, the subject then moves to its central theoretical underpinnings. Here we examine issues like equality between women and men, the public/private dichotomy, differences amongst women and epistemological questions. The theoretical material will then be applied in topics chosen from three thematic areas: women's access to money; women, law and relationships; and gendered harms. The aim in these thematic areas is to break down traditional legal categories and to discover and make connections between the various case ­studies.

Note: The essay in this subject is regarded as a substantial piece of legal writing for honours purposes.

Assessment: Research assignment of 5000 words, 100%.
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:The Hidden Gender of Law (Regina Graycar and Jenny Morgan), 2nd edn, Federation Press
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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