LAW AND GENDER CURRICULUM

The Leading Organisation for CURRICULUM building is the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law

The main intellectual output – development of a Curriculum for the Law and Gender master`s programme, with all syllabi, will be conducted during the first year (from the end of 2019 to the end of 2020 – 13 months), after which all Consortium members will apply for accreditation (except Saarland University, which will be involved in creating only four syllabi, and will take responsibility for another important intellectual output – the publication of the textbook). Professors from different universities will work together on creating each particular syllabus. That will be the real team work, paired with innovative ideas and outcomes. The master study programme LAW and GENDER will develop innovative outputs, such as the fully innovative curricula and syllabi. The added value will be found in team building based on the openness of all professors to new ideas, to discussing disagreements and different understandings, to brain storming and reconsideration of the existing value systems , and especially their openness to changing the traditional frames of their legal knowledge in general, and in the particular field of teaching and research.

Gender mainstreaming of legal education requires reconsidering study programmes of all law faculties, including the syllabi and textbooks for individual courses, from the gender-sensitive perspective (regarding both content and language) . Development of the Law and Gender master`s programme is aimed directly towards reconstructing the traditional legal education both in positive law disciplines and those disciplines which are usually seen as more multi-disciplinary. The added value of this undertaking also lies in counteracting the fact that, as professor Susanne Baer says (the text uploaded), the field of law and legal studies is highly canonised, and that this accounts for the stability of the curriculum, but also leads to a kind of structural conservatism. She also remarks that the law stays rather steady, while other academic fields have a faster changing flow. This master`s programme will by all means speed up the changes in the curriculum of legal studies and regarding the mentioned structural conservatism.

This master`s programme will be the first systemic all-encompassing program of legal studies structured in a gender sensitive way. Inclusion of a gender perspective into the legal higher education will essentially contribute to reviewing the traditional educational and pedagogical approach to legal studies, generally speaking. It will considerably influence the personal value systems of professors who have been producing and transferring the legal knowledge to students. The shared responsibilities and joint efforts of all professors who will participate in this innovative gender sensitive master`s programme will lead to a higher quality of the knowledge produced, along with its transfer through lectures, textbooks, discourse and value systems, an improved pedagogic approach, and an increase in quality of the whole legal higher education as such.

Four mandatory and thirteen optional courses will be included into the master`s programme, with students being able to choose 3 courses from the list of optional ones. The legal clinic, called the Gender Equality Legal Clinic, will also be mandatory. All courses will be evaluated by all Consortium members in a standardised way; in other words, the same ECTS validation has been accepted for this new master`s programme, according to which the value of mandatory courses will be 8 ECTS each (except Practical Skills – 3 ECTS), of optional courses 5 ECTS each, and the legal clinic will bring 3 ECTS. The master thesis will be 15 ECTS. In total, the value of this one-year master`s programme will be 60 ECTS.

The following courses are proposed for this Curriculum:

Mandatory courses:

  1. Working Title: Methodology & Practical Skills (3 ECTS)
  2. Feminist Legal & Political Theory (8 ECTS)
  3. Gender Issues in Comparative Legal History (8 ECTS)
  4. Human Rights Law – Gender Perspective (8 ECTS)
  5. Gender Legal Clinic (3 ECTS)

List of optional courses (each valid 5 ECTS):

  1. Civil Law and Gender Equality
  2. Public Law and Gender Equality
  3. Feminist Economics/Gender Economics
  4. Gender Equality and Business Law
  5. Gender Equitable Taxation
  6. Gender Sensitive Family Law
  7. Gender Sensitive Criminal Law
  8. Gender Sensitive Criminology
  9. International and EU Law and Gender Equality
  10. Gender Perspective of Labour and Social Security Law
  11. Sociology of Law and Gender Equality
  12. Feminist Judgements
  13. Public Policies on Gender Equality

The Curriculum will also include the Gender Equality Legal Clinic course, and master thesis. The legal clinic will be mandatory, meaning that students will have five mandatory courses, plus three optional courses and the master thesis.

Creators of the Curriculum will also decide on the Law and Gender Rule book, the master thesis writing guidelines, and will discuss, in addition, the final developmental step – the accreditation.

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