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Course Overview

The issue of how gender impacts upon and interrelates with law and legal processes is topical and socially important, with questions relating to gender equality and violence against women currently attracting a high degree of academic, media and government attention. This course will introduce students to current legal dilemmas and legal responses in these areas, in addition to sociolegal and feminist approaches to law.  

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 25 credits (12.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Ilona Cairns

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Law (LS)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course examines topical and contemporary legal issues, theories and debates relating to gender equality and violence against women within a social and political context. The course will encourage critical thinking about the nature and limits of the law, with students gaining knowledge and understanding of how legal rules and the legal system can differentially impact men and women, and the principal legal responses in the UK to tackling gender inequality and violence against women.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

  • One 3000-word essay (33%)
  • Exam (67%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


  • ​Individual feedback will be given to students when discussing the essay topics with the Course Co-ordinator.
  • Individual feedback will be given with the returned essays prior to the exam in order for the students to reflect on areas of improvement.
  • Students will be able to approach the Course Co-ordinator for indivdual feedback following the exam.

Course Learning Outcomes


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