20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The module focuses on how the law engages with individuals' gender and sexuality. The main goal is to encourage students to develop the ability to think critically about the legal regulation of gender and sexuality. On the one hand, the module will cover the substantive areas of women's rights, gender equality and LGBT rights. On the other hand, the module will offer theoretical tools to allow for critical legal thinking. In addition to a liberal 'human rights' approach to these topics, students will engage with Feminism(s) and Queer Theory, as theoretical perspectives for thinking about the law.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study, Before the two regular seminars, there will be a 2-hour super group seminar. In addition, prior to the end of the module every student will have a 15- minute 1-on-1 discussion session with the tutor.
Assessment: One 3,000-word essay, based on a title provided or approved by the tutor, will allow students to demonstrate their ability to critically engage with a current topic concerning women┐s rights and/or LGBT rights. This exercise will be undertaken from a theoretical perspective decided by the student. In addition to the summative assessment, by week 7, students will complete a formative assessment consisting of an essay plan, which will allow them to start thinking of a topic for their summative assessment. Students will receive comprehensive written feedback on their essay plan by week 10.

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Law):

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK