Not offered in 2021
Introduce students to the complexity and contradictions inherent in the legal construction of sexuality. Explores a series of themes surrounding sexuality and in doing so de-centres legal doctrines to highlight law's involvement in the construction of identity. Students will consider the interaction of sexuality with other identities and issues, the relationship between “queer” theory, lesbian and gay theory and feminist theory and the relationship between activism and legal processes.
Topic 1: Law and Sexuality
1.1 Sexuality as Identity
1.2 Lesbian, Gay or Queer Legal Theory
1.3 Sexuality and Identity Intersections
Topic 2: Trans-ness
2.1 Gender and Selfhood
2.2 Gender and Childhood
Topic 3: Predators and Perverts
3.2 The 'solution' of Privacy (and its limits)
3.3 Equality, Privacy and Religious Freedom
Topic 4: Hatred & Victimization
4.1 Homophobia & Violence
4.2 Violence, Safety and Public Space
Topic 5: Couples and Families
5.1 The Context of Relationship Recognition Struggles
5.2 Marriage and its malcontents
5.3 Spousehood's Day(s) in Court
5.4 Desperately Seeking Semen
5.5 New Family Forms
Topic 6: Activism, Change and the State
6.2 The international Arena
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:|
|1||Demonstrate knowledge in the construction and role of sexuality across legal and social materials.|
|2||Synthesise and apply theoretical material from a variety of disciplines.|
|3||Apply a range of theoretical perspectives to 'black letter' case analysis.|
|4||Deconstruct traditional legal narratives around sexuality, family and identity.|
|5||Outline areas of law in Australia and internationally that impact on sexuality.|
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge in the construction and role of sexuality across legal and social materials.
- Synthesise and apply theoretical material from a variety of disciplines.
- Apply a range of theoretical perspectives to 'black letter' case analysis.
- Deconstruct traditional legal narratives around sexuality, family and identity.
- Outline areas of law in Australia and internationally that impact on sexuality.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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