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Legal Studies (LGST) 390
Women, Equality and the Law

Revision 1 closed January 14, 2008, replaced by current version.

Delivery mode: Individualized study or grouped study.

Credits: 3 - Applied Studies

Prerequisite: None.

Centre: Centre for State and Legal Studies

LGST 390 is not available for Challenge.

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LGST 390 is designed to introduce you to the history of women's engagement with the law as a tool to achieve social change. In this course, you will examine both traditional women's issues (abortion, pornography) and more cutting-edge issues (transgendered persons) which exemplify the feminist legal movement in Canada.


LGST 390 is divided into four parts.

Part I: Learning the Language: Feminist, Legal Discourse

  • Unit 1: An Introduction to Feminist Discourse
  • Unit 2: Basic Legal Principles and the Canadian Legal System
  • Unit 3: Women's Legal Personality: A Test Case
  • Unit 4: Critical Perspectives on Law and Rights

Part II: Equality

  • Unit 5: The Concept of Equality
  • Unit 6: Section 15 of the Charter: A History and Overview

Part III: Case Studies

  • Unit 7: Abortion
  • Unit 8: Pregnancy and Child Rearing
  • Unit 9: Pornography
  • Unit 10: Sexual Violence

Part IV: Emerging Women's Issues

  • Unit 11: Who is a Woman? Transgendered Persons


To receive credit for LGST 390, you must complete two written assignments and a final essay with a précis, and obtain a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Précis for Final Essay Final Paper Total
10% 15% 5% 70% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Other materials

The course materials include a student manual, study guide, reading file, and forms.