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Law and Gender Equality

$162 Limited inc GST / $¤,146
Law and Gender Equality

<p>The course offers an analysis of the law through the medium of gender, with a specific focus on women. Women have, to different degrees, a shared historical and current experience of disadvantage.

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The course offers an analysis of the law through the medium of gender, with a specific focus on women. Women have, to different degrees, a shared historical and current experience of disadvantage. We discuss how this manifests in law by analysing the status of women in three different continents.


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COURSE OUTLINE

  • Week 1: Law as an aspirational idea; critiques of the concept of “gender and human rights”, cultural relativism; the example of specific private rights: Examine how international human rights law and norms are conceptualised under conditions of globalization. Philosophical debate about the meaning of such rights being “universal” and how they interact with local values and processes. Questions about “sovereignty,” “culture” and “tradition” will be discussed in a context of the protection of human rights. How can international human rights be translated into local justice?
  • Week 2: Gender Equality in the European Union, two case studies: Portugal and Czech Republic:
  • Week 3: Gender Equality in the African continent, two case studies: South Africa and Mozambique:
  • Week 4: Gender Equality in the Asian Pacific region, two case studies: Australia and East Timor


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe gender order, different systems of law and cultural relativism
  2. Identify how gender roles can be the product of social construction reflected in legislation
  3. Discuss the importance of local values and history to achieve gender equality
  4. Discuss the limits of the universal idea of gender-based human rights