Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Law and Gender
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 10 x 2 Hour Seminars
Oral 2 x 6 Hour Orals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT  (6,000 WORDS)  80%
Semester Assessment ORAL PRESENTATION  20%
Supplementary Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT  (6,000 WORDS TO BE SUBMITTED, IF FAILED)  80%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of the origin and historical development of gender law.
2. Show a critical appreciation of the philosophical and political context of the contemporary debates on gender law and its implications for the development of legislative and policy responses in this area.
3. Critically evaluate the role of political, cultural and social influences on law and policy development on gender law, including such issues as multiculturalism, women in war and violence against women.
4. Display a detailed understanding of the policies, legal instruments and mechanisms currently addressing the problems of gender inequality at the international, EU and national levels and present well informed critical analyses of these issues.
5. Access the relevant literature and materials in this field and use them to engage in a critical discussion of the subject.

Brief description

The module will begin with an introduction into the origin and historical development of gender law. This will be followed by a study of various strands of philosophical and political theories underpinning the contemporary debates on gender law. Against this background the legislative instruments, and other mechanisms that have been developed to tackle the challenge of gender discrimination at the international, EU, and national levels will be investigated. The discourse will take the form of a critical analysis of the current position of women within the context of an ever more complex international dialogue on the nature and relevance of human rights.


1. An introduction into the origin and historical development of gender law.
2. The philosophical and political underpinnings of gender law.
3. Human rights dimensions of gender law
4. International law instruments and policy to tackle gender discrimination.
5. The EU law and policy on gender discrimination.
6. National (UK) responses to gender discrimination.

Transferable skills

Throughout the module, students will practise and develop their skills of research, analysis, time-management, oral and written presentation. In seminars they will develop their ability to listen, understand and explain subject related topics as well as present a point of view orally and discuss their thoughts with the rest of the class; their assignments will enable them to develop their skills of independent research, analysis, presentation and writing (including data collection and retrieval, IT and time management). All learning throughout the module will be relevant to a career in any legal profession.


This module is at CQFW Level 7