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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3011: Gender, Sexuality and Law

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

Module Aims

This module aims to provide the opportunity to question the legal system and written law as it relates specifically to women and other marginalised groups. Teaching and learning activities will foster your critical thinking skills and encourage you to challenge traditional legal reasoning. The discussion of key topics will be informed by a range of theoretical perspectives, interdisciplinary debates, and key themes, enabling you to draw links and parallels between different areas of law and practice. As a research-led module, you will have a unique opportunity to learn and discuss key issues in this area with the guidance of an expert in feminist theory and gender-based violence. You will be supported to develop skills in independent research, critical thinking and analysis, and the construction of well-supported arguments. These skills and capacities will also be useful in many other modules as well as in your future career.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate thorough and critical knowledge and understanding of key theoretical perspectives including feminist legal theory using a wide range of appropriate concepts, interpretative techniques and terminology.
2. deal with complex issues and problems arising in law and legal theory, reach appropriate and reasoned conclusions, and offer analysis/criticism of theoretical arguments in these areas.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. integrate and assess information from theoretical and legal sources using appropriate techniques;
4. define complex legal problems, identify their relative significance, and select appropriate methods for investigating and critically evaluating them;
5. select, integrate and present coherently and reflectively relevant legal and theoretical arguments.
Personal and Key Skills6. work independently, with access to external sources, and manage time efficiently in preparing for scheduled learning activities and assessments;
7. manage relevant learning resources/ information/ learning strategies and develop your own arguments and opinions with minimum guidance;
8. communicate and engage in debate effectively and accurately, in a manner appropriate to the discipline/ different contexts.