LW3GAL-Gender and Law

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring (Double presentation)
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Annika Newnham

Email: a.newnham@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Critical analysis of the significance of gender in a range of legal areas.

Aims:
This module aims to introduce students to a range of theoretical approaches to the study of gender and law and to equip them with the critical tools to apply a gender critique to established legal concepts, categories and reasoning in a variety of contexts.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module it is expected that students will be able to:
• Critically evaluate the relevance of gender issues in law and legal policy and the relevance of legal interventions in gender issues;
• Articulate coherent arguments in support of theoretical positions on gender and law issues;
• Illustrate the application of gender and law considerations in regard to specific areas of law and develop arguments in favour of reform.

Additional outcomes:
Students will be able to
• Lead a seminar discussion
• Participate in class discussions
• Take an informed position on relevant social and political issues
• Undertake directed reading in preparation for seminars
• Write a critically informed essay.

Outline content:
There are two strands of content. First, an introduction to a range of theoretical approaches to the study of gender and law and the tools they provide for a critical understanding of the area. Second, case studies of gender issues in topics drawn from a range of legal subjects which may include family law, discrimination law, EU law, criminal law, criminology, employment law, social security law, company law, property law, obligations, philosophy of law and human rights. Topics will be chosen according to interest, topicality and staff availability and expertise.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be a fortnightly 2-hour seminar in both terms. In the autumn term, the seminar will be lecturer-led. Students will be expected to undertake relevant preparatory reading prior to attending seminars and to participate in discussions. In the spring term the seminar will be student-led. Students will be required to undertake relevant preparatory reading prior to attending seminars and to participate in, and on one occasion (in small groups) lead, discussions.

‘Gender and law’ is so broad a topic that we have adopted a case-study approach. The introductory seminar provides students with the historical and theoretical foundation and the tools for analysing the material in the case studies. The rest of the autumn term’s seminars are led by different tutors in order to give students the benefit of the range of staff expertise, although as seminars they rely on directed pre-reading and student participation which foster independent learning. The spring term’s seminars are all student-led, drawing on the knowledge and analytical skills gleaned from the earlier work. Small-group teaching means that the development and expression of informed viewpoints and debate will be facilitated.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 20
Guided independent study 180
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework
One presentation of 10 minutes as part of a group discussion on one of the issues covered in the staff-led seminars. 30%

One 10-page assessed essay formatted in accordance with the rules set out in the Law School Guide (programme assessment) due around the end of the spring term (deadline to be notified). 70%

The presentation allows students to examine one topic in depth, with small groups of students working together on different aspects of the same topic, and to present their ideas in oral rather than written form, with due regard for the different skills that oral presentation requires. The essay allows students an opportunity to undertake an extended piece of scholarly research into a question that ranges across the module and draws on their earlier research but also the knowledge and ideas gleaned from other sessions. The assessment criteria will require students to make direct reference to areas covered in the module material in order to ensure full participation throughout the module and to deter plagiarism.

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Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    See Programme Handbook (Assessment) but note that only a failed element need be re-taken, with marks for a passed element carried forward.

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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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