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LAW3041 : Law, Gender & Sexuality

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nikki Godden-Rasul
  • Lecturer: Professor Richard Collier, Ms Samantha Ryan
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1. To provide students with an understanding of the relationships between law, and gender and sexual identities;

2. To increase student’s knowledge of law’s situation and operation within social and political contexts;

3. To enable students to critically analyse particular areas of law with regard to, and in light of, theories of gender and sexuality.

Outline Of Syllabus

• Theories of gender, sexuality and law;
• Diversity in the legal professions;
• Sex, sexuality and violence: rape trials and hate crime;
• Wrongful conception;
• Reproduction and the regulation of gender/sexuality.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide students with knowledge and understanding of key concepts and principles, and also raise overarching themes, different perspectives, and points and skills of critical analyses. Through seminars and independent study (preparing for seminars, preparing for assessments and writing the coursework essay), students can increase their knowledge and understanding of the subject, and develop subject-specific and cognitive skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1352A67N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M332000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework essay allows students to demonstrate their depth of knowledge and understanding of the subject material, in addition to research, writing, analytical and critical skills. The examination assesses students’ knowledge, subject-specific knowledge and cognitive skills across a range of topics included in the module.

Reading Lists