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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Pre-requisites

96 credit points in any SCU law units

Unit aim

Introduce students to the complexity and contradictions inherent in the legal construction of sexuality. Explores a series of themes surrounding sexuality and in doing so de-centres legal doctrines to highlight law's involvement in the construction of identity. Students will consider the interaction of sexuality with other identities and issues, the relationship between “queer” theory, lesbian and gay theory and feminist theory and the relationship between activism and legal processes.

Unit content

Topic 1: Law and Sexuality

1.1 Sexuality as Identity
1.2 Lesbian, Gay or Queer Legal Theory
1.3 Sexuality and Identity Intersections

Topic 2: Trans-ness
2.1 Gender and Selfhood
2.2 Gender and Childhood

Topic 3: Predators and Perverts
3.1 Homo-danger
3.2 The 'solution' of Privacy (and its limits)
3.3 Equality, Privacy and Religious Freedom

Topic 4: Hatred & Victimization
4.1 Homophobia & Violence
4.2 Violence, Safety and Public Space

Topic 5: Couples and Families
5.1 The Context of Relationship Recognition Struggles
5.2 Marriage and its malcontents
5.3 Spousehood's Day(s) in Court
5.4 Desperately Seeking Semen
5.5 New Family Forms

Topic 6: Activism, Change and the State
6.1 Activism
6.2 The international Arena

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Demonstrate knowledge in the construction and role of sexuality across legal and social materials. Knowledge of a discipline
2 Synthesise and apply theoretical material from a variety of disciplines. Creativity
3 Apply a range of theoretical perspectives to 'black letter' case analysis. Knowledge of a discipline
4 Deconstruct traditional legal narratives around sexuality, family and identity. Intellectual rigour
5 Outline areas of law in Australia and internationally that impact on sexuality. Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge in the construction and role of sexuality across legal and social materials.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. Synthesise and apply theoretical material from a variety of disciplines.
    • GA2: Creativity
  3. Apply a range of theoretical perspectives to 'black letter' case analysis.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Deconstruct traditional legal narratives around sexuality, family and identity.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  5. Outline areas of law in Australia and internationally that impact on sexuality.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline