School Of Law

Feminist Legal Theory and PracticeWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 200634.1


Student Contribution Band: 3

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
This would be a later year elective, and students ought to be familiar with generic legal skills of reading cases and understanding legislation, as well as have facility in legal research.

Equivalent Units
69014 - Feminist Jurisprudence

200006 Introduction to Law

About this Unit
This unit will assist students to develop a theoretical appreciation of the feminist critique of law and a practical understanding of the relevance of this critique and of the role of law in women’s lives. The unit will link theory and practice by applying the insights of feminist theory and feminist legal theory to practical issues affecting women. The unit will critically examine the role of law in sustaining women’s inequality, contributing to their economic dependence, constructing relationships, controlling women’s reproductive bodies and perpetrating gendered harms. It will also consider the value and limits of law in achieving change.

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