University of Technology Sydney

78239 Feminist Perspectives on Law and Justice

Requisite(s): ((22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07122 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04264 Master of Legal Studies)) OR ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law)
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Feminist critiques of the theory and practice of law have revealed that legal doctrine and procedures are not gender neutral and that law actually creates and perpetuates inequality. In this subject, students explore feminist insights into how law is gendered through an examination of key concepts including: the public/private divide in the liberal state; equality and inequality; universalism and cultural relativism and the category 'woman'. Drawing on a range of feminist theoretical frameworks, including North American, European, Australian and South Asian perspectives, this subject explores the application of feminist critique to key areas of law and justice, including family and reproduction, employment and discrimination, violence against women and human rights in international law.

The subject aims to assist students to develop skills in critical thinking and to evaluate areas of law that have been subject to feminist critique. It builds core skills that students need to examine gendered constructions of law and how they contribute to inequality and discrimination.

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