General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3220
Course name: Gender, Sexuality and the Law
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: Second
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: Yes
Credit point value: 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 40

1.2 Course description

This course explores the ways in which law regulates sexual behavior, and considers the roles it plays in constructing sexual identities. It examines issues recurrent in discussions of gender and sexuality, including the oppositions between normalcy and deviancy, the public and the private, and autonomy and community. Comparative perspectives will be considered where appropriate. While the course focuses on case law and doctrine, it also has a strong jurisprudential dimension, and includes extensive readings in legal and cultural theory.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Marco Wan mwan@hku.hk CCT 616 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1  Describe and explain the law’s roles in the construction of sexual identities and the regulation of sexual behavior. 

CLO 2 Develop an appreciation of the law as an integral part of our culture.

CLO 3 Evaluate the centrality of gender and sexual orientation in the construction of identity.

CLO 4 Combine doctrinal and theoretical approaches to examine current legal issues.

CLO 5 Further develop skills in legal reasoning, writing, and analysis.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class participation N/A 15% 1, 2, 3, 4
Class presentation TBC 15% 1, 2, 3, 4
Mid-term essay 27 Mar  2023 25% 1, 2, 3, 4
Final essay 19 May 2023 45% 1 1, 2, 3, 4
  *Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/