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TLS_0308 Introduction to Gender and Law 6 ECTS
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Johanna Niemi, Amalia Verdu

General description

This course will examine the concepts of sex and gender and analyze their uneasy relationships with the law. Firstly, it will address the vocabulary and definition of concepts related to gender such as sex / gender, gender identities, gender discrimination and the principle of substantive equality and direct, indirect, structural and intersectional. Theoretical foundations on sex and gender will be considered as to these theories will depict the way sex and gender have shifted from its biological ground conception to a cultural construction. The right to equality and non-discrimination, integrity and freedom will be addressed through the different theoretical approaches besides the way they have challenged law and provoked big change in the substantive law. It will show how the impact of law has been different to women and men and how other aspects such as age, race, and ethnic group have been important and produced intersections with sex/gender and how international legal tools have been a key elements in the fight against discrimination in national legal systems.

Learning outcomes

- Understand the concept of sex and gender. Recognize sex /gender discrimination and how it is being fought by International, European and national legal systems.

1. The hidden nature of gender : The evolution of sex into gender: from nature to culture and its implications in the daily life; Concepts and definitions

2 The theoretical foundations of feminist movements and their different outcomes in law;
Waves: Suffragettes, Second Wave, Third Wave; Liberal, Radical, Cultural Postmodern legal feminism and their specific outcomes; Intersectional ties in law; Inclusiveness of the "Other" and "Outlaws"

3 The international, European and National legal tools to fight discrimination:
CEDAW, European Directives on discrimination, the application of international tools into national legislation.

Subject-specific Knowledge: Students will become familiar with theoretical foundations on sex and gender. They will understand and have the basic ability to assess gender impact of legislation. They can analyze law and legal practices from the perspectives of gender and other grounds of discrimination.

Subject-specific Skills: Providing students with an understanding of the important role of gender as a tool for analysis they will develop a critical engagement with the law from a gender standpoint. They will be able to critically analyze and understand the relation between gender and law. Student will develop analytical and critical skills with regard to how these issues influence/ and are reflected into law. Evaluate selected areas of substantive law throughout the perspectives of different theoretical approaches to gender. Recognize and understand the different international tools related to fight discrimination in law.

Key Skills: The student will develop independence of thought and challenge the accepted knowledge and universal truths. They will develop research and writing skills. They will demonstrate their ability to work independently and in group through writing and presentation exercises.

Contents

-Lectures and seminars 10 * 2 h
-Participation to each lecture requires reading the material in advance.
-Response papers (3 times 1 page)
-Presentation of one topic: Group presentation
-Essay

Further information on prerequisites and recommendations

General studies: at least one year of legal or other relevant studies

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 20 h 0 h
Seminar 4 h 0 h

Lectures and seminars 10 * 2 h

Teaching language

English

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Seminar
  • In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
-Assessment scale 1-5. -Participation to each lecture and response papers (25%) -Presentation of one topic: Group work (25%). -Written essay (50%). A)Response papers: - 3 response papers: on liberal feminisn legal outcomes, on radical feminism legal outcomes and on postmodern feminism legal outcomes (25 %) - Teacher assessment - No more than 1 page - The students will write a page as a response paper to a previous given article on a specific gender legal theory. - Assessment criteria will be based on Structure, Interpretation, and Use of evidence with examples or theories argumentation: 5: The response paper is detailed and the key points are highlighted; the structures is clear, logical and easy to follow; the interpretation is based on personal thought and critical analysis and background by a good use of evidence through cases and real examples, the presentation skills are clear 4: The structure is clear and logical; the interpretation related to other literature and the use of evidence is supported by relevant cases 3: The structures is not very clear or logical only in some parts and there is not much interpretation with just making reference to the same author and not relating it to others, there is still some use of evidence although not using the most relevant to the topic and not critically evaluated 2: The structure has an argument not developed and not clear, the interpretation is superficial and uncritical, there is some mention to evidence but not effectivelly making part of the argument. 1: The structure is incoherent and difficult to follow or understand, there is no use of evidence. B)Group Presentation: The student will make a presentation in group of 3 on a topic chosen by them in reference to a legal problem related to gender discrimination. Peers and teacher will give feedback in accordance to the assessment criteria. (25%) The involvement of the student in the feedback will activate students and will avoid the passive listening position. This type of feedback will develop generic and reflective skills and support higher quality outcomes The assessment criteria will follow the same criterion that applies to the response paper in relation to the topic chosen for the presentation. Besides to this criteria presentation skills criteria will be specifically added. The assessment will take into account that every member of the group participates and that the presentation has really been made in-group: 5: The Group presentation is clear, lively; use of appropriate visual aids; good evidence of application of IT skills. 4: The Group presentation is clear, lively, imaginative; excellent use of illustrations (if appropriate); exemplary application of a range of IT skills. 3: The Group presentation is generally competent, limited range of IT skills but those employed used to acceptable standard. 2: The Group presentation is not easy to follow; unimaginative and not engaging; poor use of IT skills. 1: The Group presentation is chaotic it is difficult to understand and to follow. C) Essay on an specific topic on gender and law related to their national legislations and the use of international legal tools or legal feminist theories (4000 words minimum) (25%. )Teacher feedback and correction. The assessment criteria are the same one as for the response paper. The criteria will include also the assessment of the use of the information and the use of sources and academic references

Study materials

Further information

Time: III period
SELECTION CRITERIA: Participation is limited to 25 students. 1/3 of the places is reserved for the degree students of the Faculty of Law. For the remaining places, the following criteria will be used to select the participants:

1. exchange students of the TLS cooperative institutions
2. degree students of the TLS cooperative institutions
3. other law students
4. non-law students

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Optional courses (MDP in Law and Information Society)
Faculty of Law
2017–2018
Teaching
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws
Master of Laws DP
MDP in Law and Information Society
Doctor of Laws
Law
Turku Law School