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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3011: Gender, Sexuality and Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (12 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Faye Bird (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


In this module you will engage with issues that are at the forefront of campaigns to advance gender equality and end female oppression, such as domestic and sexual violence, consent to harm and the ‘rough sex’ defence, female genital mutilation (FGM), pornography, and intimate image abuse. Throughout the module you will critically engage with questions around why the law excludes the perspectives and experiences of women and marginalised groups – whose interests are protected and how does this impact upon the ability of the law to protect members of these groups from violence and discrimination?

 You will be supported to build on your existing knowledge and skills and to engage with relevant legal and non-legal sources to deepen your knowledge and understanding. The module is therefore open to both law and non-law students and will be of particular interest to those who wish to develop a theoretical and interdisciplinary approach to their studies. To do well in this module you need to enjoy reading, be self-motivated, and be willing to participate in discussions on sensitive and sometimes emotionally charged issues.

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