LLM in Law and Gender
Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two, three of fours years (part-time, daytime only)We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.
Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Law.
Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time
The development of this LLM specialisation will capitalise on the Centre for Gender Studies as a multi-faculty centre from 2012, allowing students to engage with contemporary gender theories alongside existing PG Law modules that engage issues in gender and women's rights.
Students are required to take a core course in Feminist Legal Theory, alongside units on the human rights of women, gender and migration and gender and armed conflict.
Students combine the study of units specifically focused on gender and/or women's rights with the modules from the large list of law options available to LLM students at SOAS, allowing the student to tailor their programme to suit future goals.
In taking this course, students should hope to develop an understanding of the role of gender as a tool for analysis and critical analytical skills in feminist legal methods.
Students will also study the work of gender experts in contemporary institutions and situate contemporary legal reforms on women's rights and gender perspectives within feminist histories, while analysing the role of non-Western feminist actors and theories in leading future legal reform and gender perspectives.
Every student will be required to take courses equivalent to four (4.0) full units. Students who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM are required to take at least three (3.0) of the four (4.0) units within their chosen specialism, including the dissertation. The assessment of one of the chosen full units (within the LLM specialism) will be by means of a 15,000 word dissertation. The fourth unit can be chosen from either the general Law Postgraduate Courses or the following courses associated with the Law and Gender:
Full Course Units (1.0)
- Feminist Legal Theory - 15PLAC155 (1 Unit) as a core course.
- Human Rights of Women - 15PLAC112 (1 Unit)
Half Course Units (0.5)
- Affirmative Action Law - 15PLAH024 (0.5 Unit)
- Migration, Gender and the Law in South East Asia and Beyond - 15PLAH023 (0.5 Unit)
Examples of non-Law course options:
- Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law - 15PGNH005 (0.5 Unit)
- Childhood, Politics and Law - 15PPOH037 (0.5 Unit)
The dissertation course unit forms part of the required three (3.0) units within the chosen LLM specialism. Please see the dissertation course units below. You will need to attend the teaching on the course and then submit a dissertation in place of the course method of assessment.
Please note: Not all courses listed may be available every year.
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Application Deadline: 2015-03-20 17:00
Application Deadline: 2015-02-27 17:00
Application Deadline: 2015-05-01 17:00
A Student's Perspective
Kate Van Akin - Harvard University, Law School
My time flew by in London. I made a lot of wonderful friends at SOAS, and we often attended the various events put on by the Student Union and student societies, which ranged from musical performances to debates to movie screenings.