Undergraduate Module Descriptor


LAW3011: Gender, Sexuality and Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module's precise content may vary, it is envisaged that the syllabus will include all/some of the following topics:

1)      Understanding sex and gender

  1. What is sex?
  2. What is gender?

2)      Law as Masculinity?

  1. The masculine bias of law
  2. The masculine bias of the legal profession
  3. The masculine bias of legal personhood

3)      Sexing the Body

  1. Female circumcision
  2. Male circumcision
  3. Intersexualities (sexing the child)
  4. Regulating Transsexual Bodies

4)      Gendering the Body

  1. Public/private divide
  2. Women as carers
  3. Men as breadwinners

5)      Challenging Heteronormativity

  1. Civil Partnerships
  2. Gay Adoption

6)      Private Violence

  1. Sadomasochism
  2. Extreme Pornography
  3. Intimate Partner Violence

7)      Gendering Justice

  1. Women as Criminals
  2. Women Who Kill
  3. Prostitution
  4. The Criminal Justice System

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
28.5121.50

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities2010 x 2 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities4.53 x 1.5 hour workshops
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities42 x 2 hour drop-in clinics to discuss summative assessment
Guided independent study55Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided independent study20Workshop preparation
Guided independent study 40Assessment preparation
Guided independent study 6.5Formative assessment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).