1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of LEGL2003, LEGL2112, WMST2009, WMST2015, WMST7012 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
As an Honours level topic, this topic assumes a familiarity with the kinds of knowledge, conceptual understandings and skills that would be acquired by the completion of a major in Women's Studies, or a related and relevant major.
Course context
Women's Studies (Honours); Graduate Diploma in Gender and Development
Topic description
Do sex, gender and sexualities matter in Australian law? Do men and women experience legal regulation in identical ways? We tend to think of sex and sexualities as 'private' matters - as somehow beyond the regulatory reach of the law. This topic challenges that conception by exploring the interplay of sex/gender, sexualities and the law in areas such as domestic violence, marriage and marriage-like relationships, sexual violence, and reproductive autonomy. It also examines the relationship between gender and crime: Who commits crime? Who has crime committed against them? Students will be exposed to a wide range of perspectives, and will be encouraged to research several areas of debate in depth.
Educational aims
The topic gives students the opportunity to survey, analyse and evaluate a range of ideas and issues located at the intersection of sex/gender, sexualities and the law in Australia. It equips students with skills and knowledge to undertake advanced theoretical and applied critical analysis, offering learning activities and assessment options designed to enhance students' collaborative, independent, and ethical learning.
Expected learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this topic, students should be able to:

  1. Describe and analyse how sex, gender and sexualities are understood in a number of law-related debates concerning the government of gendered social and/or `private' life in Australia
  2. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of different feminist strategies and interventions in Australian socio-legal issues
  3. Criticise and evaluate claims to sexual equality and/or neutrality in Australian law and society

    In the process, students should also:

    • Extend their ability to research, analyse, criticise and evaluate scholarship relating to sex/gender, sexualities and the law and
    • Enrich and develop their skills in high-level reasoning, reading, group work, written and oral communication in collaborative, independent and ethical ways.