Faculty of Law
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Not offered in 2016
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This unit explores a range of controversial developments in the laws relating to sexual minorities around the world, and evaluates them, using international human rights norms, in order to enhance students' understanding of the way in which international law protects and promotes the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Students will analyse contemporary issues such as same-sex marriage/relationship recognition, criminalisation of homosexuality, anti-discrimination laws, hate-based violence 'gay propaganda' prohibitions. Students will critique the work on the UN in this field and consider cultural relativisms arguments before examining what, if any, reforms might be necessary to better protect the rights of LGBTI persons.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
Research assignment (6,000 words): 80%
Poster presentation: 10%
Class participation: 10%
24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements). Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and to undertake additional research and reading applicable to a 6 credit point unit.
Associate Professor Paula Gerber Research ProfileResearch Profile (http://monash.edu/research/people/profiles/profile.html?sid=6920&pid=3907)