Courses & Units

Gender and Justice XBR214

Hobart, Launceston


People are different, and one of the most important ways in which we differ is by gender. Gendered bodies are legally and socially regulated in different and, at times, unjust ways. This unit assesses these forms of regulation from the perspectives of Philosophy, Gender Studies, and Law, asking: how is it possible for us to live well when we are all different from one another, and when should ethical ideals of justice be given legal force? We begin with a theoretical overview designed to introduce you to key concepts and important moral debates in ethical, political, and feminist philosophy. This overview will then ground your moral and legal evaluations of importantly gendered issues relating to multiculturalism, queer rights, surrogacy, and abortion. As a consequence, you will develop the skills to think clearly and communicate persuasively on issues of gender and justice. As such, this unit prepares students with important skills which will be relevant in future studies in humanities, social sciences, and law, as well as in all spheres of life, from employment to the home.


Unit name Gender and Justice
Unit code XBR214
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Law|Philosophy and Gender Studies

Dr Louise Richardson-Self

Teaching staff

Dr Louise Richardson-Self,  Prof Dirk Baltzly, Prof Margaret Otlowski

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2019: $820.00 2019: $2,037.00 090313

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HPH201, HAF229, HAF329


Teaching Pattern

2 hour lecture weekly, 1 hour tutorial fortnightly.


Assessment Task 1 (on-campus): Participation (quizzes and tutorials) 10%.
Assessment Task 1 (off-campus): Participation (quizzes and online discussions) 10%.

Assessment Task 2: Academic Poster 20%.

Assessment Task 3: Position Paper 40%.

Assessment Task 4: Take-home exam 30%.

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