Legal Categories, Women's Lives and the Law Curriculum OR: Making Gender Examinable?

Sydney Law Review, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 431-450, 1996

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/77

21 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2008  

Reg Graycar

The University of Sydney Law School

Jenny Jane Morgan

Melbourne Law School

Date Written: July, 23 2008

Abstract

This article discusses the ways in which the core law school curriculum is informed by assumptions about gender. It discusses a project, funded by Australia's federal department of education in the mid 1990s that involved creating teaching materials that raised and introduced gender issues into the core law curriculum. The authors prepared a set of teaching materials, made available via the internet, which focused on the themes of 'work' and 'violence'. The article also discusses legal categories and the roles that they play in obscuring legal problems that affect women's lives. However, there is a tension between trying to reconstruct those categories (eg, by focusing on themes such as 'work' and 'violence') and creating teaching materials that can readily be used in courses with names like 'contract', 'property' etc. In this article, the authors canvass their approach to this dilemma and illustrate this with some of the examples from their project.

Keywords: legal education, law school curriculum, core curriculum, feminist legal scholarship, legal categories, gender, legal pedagogy

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Graycar, Reg and Morgan, Jenny Jane, Legal Categories, Women's Lives and the Law Curriculum OR: Making Gender Examinable? (July, 23 2008). Sydney Law Review, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 431-450, 1996; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/77. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1170643

Reg Graycar (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Jenny Jane Morgan

Melbourne Law School ( email )

University Square
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010
Australia

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