JJUA14232U Gender and Legal Culture

Volume 2016/2017

Changing concepts of gender (changing femininities and masculinities, trans-gender issues and legal consequences).

Gender, law and economic issues (work, property etc).

Gender, generation and representation (in politics, business, boards and in trans-national, post-colonial and Asian/Chinese legal culture).

Sexuality and law (gendered work places, gendered crimes and violence, gendered bodies).

Gender, law and religions (secular and religious views of gender). International law and gender.

Gender in crisis?

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, economy, 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

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 course material; handling non-legal complex material from a perspective of normative and legal culture analysis.
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. Students are expected to work in groups.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 17
  • Practical exercises
  • 8,5
  • Preparation
  • 241
  • Project work
  • 8,5
  • Total
  • 275,0
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Individual written assignment
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

June 21, 2017


August 10, 2017

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.