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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. Through looking at particular topics connected to criminal justice and family law, 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 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Ilona Cairns

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX)

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?


One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.

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 gender affects how legal rules are applied and experienced.  The topics explored are connected to two main themes: criminal justice and family law.  

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt:

2 x 2,500-word essay (50% each)


Resubmission of failed element(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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