Studying Law at Roma Tre

Academic Year 2020-2021

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Spring Semester (March 1 - May 31, 2021)


Law and Gender 2021

Prof. Enrica Rigo with Prof. Antonella Massaro

Course Description:
The  course will introduce different theoretical approaches that address the relation between law and gender: from critiques of the neutrality of the legal subject, to the gender mainstreaming approach and to more recent discussions on intersectionality.
Part of the seminar course will discuss case law relevant in the development of categories that are currently central to debates on law and gender, such as vulnerability, social reproduction, exploitation and consent.   
The course will dedicate specific attention to the penal instrument contrasting  violence against women at national and European level.
Part of the course will be dedicated to the discussion of gender representation in the media.

The 2020-2021 course will be held on-line. Nevertheless students will have the opportunity to take part (on a voluntary basis) in two fieldtrips to the Casa internazionale delle donne and Casa delle donne Lucha y Siesta

Course Learning Objectives
At the end of this course, successful students will be familiar with the main issues related to law and gender and debated at international level. Furthermore successful students will be familiar with  the main instruments implementing the gender mainstreaming approach.  

Course Learning Activities:
The teaching methodology implemented during the seminar course will encourage the active participation of students and their involvement in the choice of coursework topics.

Assessment Tools:
 The students will be evaluated for their active participation in the course activities, through coursework, and a final oral examination on the course topics.  

Attendance Policy:
Students must attend at least 70% of the lessons

Course reading materials:
 Reading materials will be distributed during the course.

Dates Theme Speaker
March 1 Presentation of the theoretical module Enrica Rigo
March 2 Presentation of the module on violence against women Antonella Massaro
March 4 Making trouble: a difficult definition of gender Enrica Rigo
March 8 Women Strike  
March 9 Histories and theories of Legal Feminism Enrica Rigo
March 11 The Cedaw Convention Video Lesson by Loretta Bondi
March 15 Criminal Law and Gender: general framework Antonella Massaro
March 16 Gender violence: the crime of stalking (I)
Antonella Massaro
March 18 Gender violence: the crime of stalking (II)
Antonella Massaro
March 22 Situated view: Third World, Black Feminism and International law Enrica Rigo
March 23 Gender and Asylum: intersectional interpretation of law Enrica Rigo
March 25 Film: Harriet (2019)
Discussion: slavery and the history of black feminism
Enrica Rigo
March 29 Film Boys don’t cry Antonella Massaro
March 30 Film Monster Antonella Massaro
April 1 Discussion on Boys don’t cry and Monster Antonella Massaro
April 5 Gender violence: sexual violence
 Antonella Massaro
April 6 Masculinity and Italian Cinema Guest Speaker prof. Sergio Rigoletto - University of Oregon USA
April 8 Gender violence: femicide/feminicide Antonella Massaro
April 12 Marxism and feminism: on the category of social reproduction Enrica Rigo
April 13 Discussion on video lessons on social reproduction Enrica Rigo
April 15 Discussion on video lessons on sex work Enrica Rigo
April 19 Film Milk Antonella Massaro
April 20 Film Pride Antonella Massaro
April 22 Discussion on films Milk and Pride Antonella Massaro
April 26 Culturally motivated crimes Antonella Massaro
April 27 The so called “Red code” in Italian legal system Antonella Massaro
April 29 Gender based crimes in the perspective of criminal trial: “secondary victimisation” Antonella Massaro
May 3 Discussion on documentary film “Processo per stupro” Antonella Massaro
May 4 Gender Equality Strategy in EU Antonella Massaro
May 6 Gender based crimes: a comparative perspective Antonella Massaro
May 10 Student’s Presentations  
May 11 Student’s Presentations  
May 13 Student’s Presentations  



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