Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
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This subject is not offered in 2012.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: One 2-hour seminar per week. |
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Legal Method and Reasoning; Principles of Public Law; Torts; Legal Theory or in each case their equivalents.
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For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills, and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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The subject focuses on the variety of ways in which law regulates and constitutes sexualities. It aims to provide a theoretical framework which highlights the complexity and contradictions inherent in the construction of sexualities, from an interdisciplinary perspective; to give students a sample of various legal controversies surrounding sexuality; to consider the interaction of gender, class, race and sexuality issues; to consider the relationship between 'queer' theory, lesbian and gay theory and feminist theory; and to consider the relationship between activism and the legal process. Topics covered will include: identity politics, constructionism/essentialism and queer theory; criminalisation of gay (male?) sex.; criminalisation of (gay?) sadomasochistic sex; regulation of prostitution; regulation of pornography - feminist and queer perspectives; equality and non discrimination; the family as ideology and relationship recognition in Victoria; same-sex and transgender marriage; becoming a parent - access to assisted reproductive services; recognition of gay, lesbian and transgender parenting.
Note: The essay in this subject is regarded as a substantial piece of legal writing.
On completion of this subject, students should:
Reflective essay of 1,500 words, 20% (due final day of semester) and research essay of 5,000 words, 80% (due during the examination period).
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Printed materials will be available from the Melbourne Law School.
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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On completion of the subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
In addition, on completion of the subject, students should have developed the following skills specific to the discipline of law:
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