LLM in Law and Gender
Duration: One calendar year (full-time)Two, three or four 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: SOAS has general minimum entrance requirements for registration for a postgraduate taught degree and these can be viewed at http://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/pg/howtoapply/ Students wishing to take certain options as their Major will normally be expected to have their 1st degree in that discipline. This applies to those wishing to have their Major in Social Anthropology, Economics, Politics (of the Middle East), and Law.
Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time
The development of this LLM specialization will capitalize on the Centre for Gender Studies as a multi-faculty center 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 module 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 module, 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 analyzing the role of non-Western feminist actors and theories in leading future legal reform and gender perspectives.
Students must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (60 credits) and 120 credits of taught modules. Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.
Students who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM are required to take at least 60 credits associated with his or her specialised LLM, a further 30 credits within the School of Law (General Law Postgraduate Taught Module List), and a final 30 unit which can either be taken within the School of Law or from the Language Open Options or Non-Language Open Options pages with the LLM Programme Convenor’s permission. The dissertation topic will be undertaken within the LLM specialization.
In 2017-18 Dr. Gina Heathcote will act as programme convenor in Term 1 and Professor. Carol Tan in Term 2.
LLM students are required to take:
- Gender, Sexuality, and Law: Selected Topics 15PLAH061 (15 credits) Term 2
- Gender, Sexuality, and Law: Theories and Methodologies 15PLAH062 (15 credits) Term 1
Specialist Module List (at least 30 credits to be taken)
- Human Rights of Women 15PLAH065 (15 credits) Term 2
- Law and Postcolonial Theory 15PLAH050 (15 credits) Term 1
- International Protection of Human Rights 15PLAC119 (30credits) Full Year
- Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law 15PGNH005 (15 credits) Term 1
General Law Postgraduate Module List
An additional 30 credits must be taken from the School of Law General Postgraduate Taught Module List or the Specialism Module List above.
Postgraduate Open Option Modules
A final 30 credits must be taken from the SOAS Open Option Module list, or from the General Law Postgraduate Module List above or from the Specialism Module List.
Dissertation (12,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree
- LLM Dissertation in Law 15PLAD178 (60credits) Full Year