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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3011: Gender, Sexuality and Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:


-          The masculine bias of the law

-          The public/private divide

-          Heteronormativity

-          Autonomy and choice


These thematic headings will be used throughout the module to broaden and deepen your understanding of the different topics covered. A variety of theoretical perspectives will also be introduced including feminism, masculinity studies, intersectional feminist theory, critical race theory, and queer theory. These theoretical perspectives will be used alongside the key themes to facilitate critical engagement with the law in relation to each of the topics covered.


Topics are expected to include some or all of the following:



-          Law and motherhood

-          The masculine bias of the legal profession

-          Domestic violence and abuse

-          Sexual violence

-          Consent to harm: sadomasochism and the ‘rough sex defence’

-          Pornography and intimate image abuse (‘revenge porn’)

-          Consent to harm: sadomasochism and the ‘rough sex defence’

-          Pornography

-          Intimate image abuse (‘revenge porn’)

-          Female genital mutilation

-          Intersex

-          Same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities2020 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities4.53 x 1.5 hour workshops
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities44 x 1 hour drop-in clinics to discuss summative assessment
Guided independent study55Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided independent study20Workshop preparation
Guided independent study 40Assessment preparation
Guided independent study 6.5Formative assessment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).