| || |
This module seeks to interrogate the manner in which the law engages with gender and sexuality, with a particular emphasis on comparative legal perspectives. Drawing on legal responses from different jurisdictions, and informed by relevant theories, this module will critique legal and social responses to gender difference, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in a variety of legal contexts. The module will evaluate the extent to which gender is a relevant factor in law and legal processes, with particular regard to family law, criminal law and property law. It will, moreover, seek to critique the legal and social treatment of sexual minorities and of those whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from that expected of the gender assigned to the person at birth. The module will interrogate and critique legal responses to expressions of sexuality and to sexual activity, both consensual and non-consensual, with a particular emphasis on prostitution, sexual offences and age of consent laws. It will also address legal issues relating to reproduction and reproductive technologies.
Topics may include (but are not limited to): sex discrimination and harassment in employment; gender and parenting; marriage and gender; gender and property; reproduction and the law; gender recognition laws (the legal treatment of people who are transgender and intersex); sexual orientation and the law; recognition of same-sex couples; legal responses to the hijab and niqab; prostitution; age of consent; obscenity and public decency; sexual offences; gender and the criminal law.
This course will be taught only if a sufficient number of students enrol.
Any aspect of this module may be changed in any given academic year, subject to the discretion of the module lecturer.