JJUA14232U Gender and legal culture

Volume 2015/2016

Changing concepts of gender (changing femininities and masculinities, trans-gender issues and legal consezuences). Secuality and law (gendered work place, gendered crimes and violence, gendered body).

Gender, law and religions (secular and religious views of gender). Gender, generation and representation (in politics, business, boards and in trans-national,post-colonial and Asian/Chinese legal culture.

International law and gender.

Learning Outcome

-identify problems of relevance to gender and legal culture in concrete and complex cases.
-identify intersections between gender and legal culture and normative forces of relevance for these relations beyond state law (religion, social norms, media)
-analyse complex questions and estimate their relevance and impact on individuals and groups in different normative communities using socio-legal and other methods.
-consider different arguments and concerns regarding processes of change of gender status and legal cultures.
-reflect on the impact of these arguments and concerns for different normative communities.
-demonstrate knowledge about the course by placing concrete problems in perspective
-communicate knowledge and arguments professionally and coherently

Hanne Petersen, José M. L. Villaverde, Ingrid Lund-Andersen: Contemporary Gender Relations and Changes in Legal Cultures, DJØF Publishing 2013

Journal of Law & Social Research. Special Issue on Gender and the Legal Profession, No.3. 2002 (articles - available online)

Additional articles from a reader produced by Hanne Petersen

Total number of readings about 500 pages.

Oral and written presentations of material and arguments; group cooperation; selection and Development of group and individual topics for papers/essays - related to coursematerial; handling non-legal complex material from a perspective of normative and legal culture analysis.
Proficiency in English
Students are expected to participate in class discussions based on reading assignments, and to give resumés of assigned text as well as oral and ppt-presentation on topics assigned during the course. Short midterm papers are an integrated part of the course.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 17
  • Practical exercises
  • 8,5
  • Project work
  • 8,5
  • Total
  • 34,0
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Written homework assignment with deadline (essay)
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

Exam date: December 17, 2015.


Exam date: February 4, 2016.

Criteria for exam assesment

Demonstration of and ability to link an individually chosen topic to as much of the class reading material as possible; demonstration of the importance and relevance of gender for legal cultures.