LAW4151 - Theoretical perspectives on law, gender and feminism - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is an introduction to feminist legal theory. It focuses upon reading some selected contemporary feminist philosophers' main texts in order to examine their arguments and to understand them within the context of philosophical problems that underpin law.

Some of the major issues include: autonomy, equality, freedom and the public/private divide.

The philosophers examined will vary from year to year but typical candidates are: Drucilla Cornell, Carole Pateman, Adriana Cavarero, Judith Butler.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of, and understanding of recent developments in relation to Law, Gender and Feminism with creativity and initiative to further learning
  2. Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to Law, Gender and Feminism
  3. Conduct research in Law, Gender and Feminism based on knowledge of appropriate research principle and methods
  4. Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to Law, Gender and Feminism.


Presentation: 10%; and

Video (based upon presentation and incorporating feedback): 20%; and

Assignment 3,500 words maximum: 70%.

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later:

LAW1111; LAW1114; LAW1112; LAW1113; LAW2101; LAW2102; LAW2112 and LAW2111

For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015: LAW1100 OR LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104

For non-law students: twelve credit points of first year undergraduate degree subject(s).

An example would be the completion of a first year gateway subject or subjects in Arts, such as ATS1314 - Human rights theory 1 (6 credits) and ATS1315 - Human rights theory 2 (6 credits).


No co-requisites