Race, Sexuality and Gender Justice - LW654

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15)




Only available to final year Law students.



Term 1: The function of the lecture/seminars in term 1 will be to provide students with the underlying theoretical framework for exploring a range of perspectives on the concepts of race, religion, gender and sexuality and their intersections including with other social relations. The classes will also be a forum for discussion, debate, asking questions, and considering diverse perspectives on the concepts being studied including relating them to specific case studies. The second part of the term will be focused on facilitating students to choose an essay question or research project and helping them to prepare their independent research project by developing students' skills in the areas of analysis and argumentation

Term 2. Classes in the first half of the term will be geared towards enabling students to critically engage with and reflect upon the substantive feedback on the plans for their independent research projects. Classes will then move on to prepare students for the oral assessment, which will be a presentation on a contemporary case study of their choice subject to convenors approval. Students will then deliver their presentations in classes. The latter part of the term will be focused on preparing for submission of the final independent research project by; introducing and guiding students through key legal and interdisciplinary texts, and by stimulating debate on and engagement with these texts; developing students’ skills in the areas of analysis and argumentation, and by considering a range of sometimes conflicting perspectives on issues.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

40 contact hours.

Method of assessment

100% coursework consisting of an essay outline, group oral and research essay or research project.

Indicative reading

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the complex relationship between law and dominant concepts of race and religion, gender and sexuality;
Evaluate the significance of critical race, postcolonial, feminist, LGBT+/queer, and critical religion theories for understanding contemporary social and legal issues to do with race, religion, gender and sexuality;
Critically reflect upon the significance of a grounding in social and legal histories of race, religion, gender and sexuality in order to understand contemporary formations;
Identify and analyse the wide range of influences on legal discourse, policy, and law-making in relation to race, religion, gender and sexuality including concepts from feminist and LGBT+/queer perspectives within political theory, postcolonial theory, and the humanities and social sciences more broadly;
Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the intersections between concepts of race, religion, gender, sexuality, class, and disability;

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