LAWS344-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Gender and the Law

This occurrence is not offered in 2023

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course will provide an introduction to feminist legal theory and analyse areas of law that raise gender issues, including in a bicultural context.

The course is structured around three core theoretical issues (equality, feminism(s) and the intersection of gender and culture), which will be applied to a range of topics.

Topics will vary from year to year but may include:
• International norms on gender equality;
• Legal responses to violence against women;
• Gender issues in reproductive health law;
• Gender issues in employment law;
• Women in the legal profession;
• Women in the context of censorship, specifically pornography;
• Gender issues in criminal justice;
• Gender issues in relationship property law; and
• The challenge of intersexuality and changing gender.

Please note: Students enrolled in other degrees, at 300 level, who do not have the prerequisites and co-requisites, but have completed appropriate courses in another discipline, may apply to the Head of Department for a waiver.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  •  Reflect upon the gendered nature of the law and its impact on society, on Aotearoa bi-cultural society and on the international level;
  •  Understand and articulate a range of different feminist critiques of the law, including an understanding of mana wāhine;
  •  Distinguish between different understandings of ‘equality’ and its impact upon gender;
  •  Critically examine how gender and culture intersect in the New Zealand legal context, including for Māori and Pasifika women;
  •  Identify gender issues in New Zealand or international legal contexts and construct responses to those issues;
  •  Reflect on and engage with the community of women in the legal profession; and
  •  Communicate orally in a persuasive and effective manner.


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Annick Masselot


Abby Suszko , Ursula Cheer , Ruth Ballantyne and Adrienne Paul


The assessment is likely to consist of an online quiz on the theory; 1-2 page concept summary and associated 1-2 minute group-based video presentation; a reflective learning journal, and a 3,000 word research essay.

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $868.00

International fee $4,488.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS344 Occurrences

  • LAWS344-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023 - Not Offered