Women and the Law (8523.2)
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|0.125||3||Faculty Of Business, Government & Law|
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|Canberra Law School||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesdemonstrate an understanding of how gender constructs within and outside the legal system affect womens interactions with the law; demonstrate the skills of socio-legal analysis, research, written, presentation and legal analysis through the completion of set assigned tasks;
demonstrate a critical analysis of law related problems and existing reform proposals from a socio-legal and holistic perspective.
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Material in this unit focuses on the interaction between women and the law through a feminist, historical and cultural holistic framework. We look at examples of possible bias or differences for women in their interactions with criminal law, ADR, business law, migration law, social security law, tax law, contracts law, medical and tort law, family law, trusts and equity, discrimination law, labour law, company law, IP law and Public law. The subject also examines the specific experiential issues for lesbians, women with a disability, indigenous women, female lawyers, judges and politicians.
Upon successful completion of this Unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a higher order understanding of how gender constructs within and outside the legal system affect women’s interactions with the law;
2. Demonstrate the advanced skills of socio-legal analysis, research, written, presentation and legal analysis through the completion of set assigned tasks; and
3. Demonstrate a critical analysis of law related problems and existing reform proposals from a socio-legal and holistic perspective.
Students will have been enabled to:
1. Communication: they will be able to undertake legal research, oral presentation and writing, including the ability to synopsise
2. Analysis and inquiry: engage in critical analysis of the law identifying differences for women and means of redressing discrimination; understand how sex, race, sexuality and disability affect legal systems and practice; ability to be creative in their thinking and writing.
3. Problem solving: discuss the application of legislative provisions and case law in given hypothetical factual situations involving women and the law; take a position on women and the law issues, making explicit and defending the values and policies relied on indicating an understanding of diversity
4. Working independently and with others: Work together as a team on research –led learning and work independently
5. Professionalism and Social Responsibility: Comprehend the relevant legal and other contextual issues which contribute to inequality under the law in order to be able to contribute to the betterment of others in their work lives.
PrerequisitesLaw and Society or equivalent.
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Patricia Easteal (ed) Women and the Law in Australia, (2010) Sydney: LexisNexis
For Unit readings and resources in the University of Canberra Library
http://webpac.canberra.edu.au/search/r?SEARCH=8523 (print materials)
Required reading for Weeks 2, 3 and 4 and later weeks
Additional required readings for weeks 2, 3 and 4 are posted on the Moodle site. In addition, there will be additional readings posted for some weeks.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
There are no late submissions unless you have a medical certificate.
Special assessment requirements
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
All students are encouraged to participate in Coffee Chat. You do not have to start a topic thread – considered replies are also appreciated! These are ways of improving your learning experience and avoid feeling isolated in an online subject. Your participation will be noted throughout the semester and may prove important if your final mark is on the cusp of two grades. Note though that these should be relevant to the topics that we are covering. Week 7 for instance we look at sexual harassment so week 7 would be the best week to post news articles or other relevant ‘stories’ about sexual harassment.
Inclusion and engagement
Students who need assistance in undertaking the unit because of disability or other circumstances should inform their Unit Convener or UC AccessAbility as soon as possible so the necessary arrangements can be made.
Students need to contribute to the 12 online weekly buzz groups and post on Coffee Chat.
Required IT skills
Work placement, internships or practicums