26026 - Women And Law

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  • Teacher Carla Faralli

  • Credits 6

  • SSD IUS/01

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Modern, Post-Colonial and Comparative Literatures (cod. 0981)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Students will explore legal feminism and learn to engage critically with a range of ideas in a gender-sensitive way, tackling topics like law as a tool for freedom, gendered law, discrimination, and human rights.

Course contents

The course focuses on the main legal issues taken on in the debate in women's studies, and in particular on bioethics.


The Seminar “Ethics and politics in gender studies”  is an essential section of the Course (for information on Seminar lectures see the web page https://www.unibo.it/it/didattica/insegnamenti/insegnamento/2021/472757).

However, lessons will take place in accordance with the procedures, established by the University regarding the COVID-19 emergency. Update info will be published here at the begging of September.


Students can choose one or more of the 3 topics with the relative references:

1. Law, science, gender and technologies:

R. Braidotti, C. Colebrook, P. Hanafin, Deleuze and Law: Forensic Futures, Palagrave Macmillan, New York, 2009.

S. Jasannoff, Taking Life: Private Rights in Public Nature, in K. Sunder Rajan, ed., Lively Capital: Biotechnologies, Ethics, and Governance in Global Markets (Durham: Duke University Press, 2012), pp. 155-183.

M. Cooper, Life as Surplus, University of Washington Press, 2008.


2. Reproductive rights, focus on non-reproductive choices:

P. Hanafin, Conceiving Life: Reproductive Politics and Law in Contemporary Italy, Ashgate, London, 2007.

A. Furedi, The moral case for abortion, Palagrave macmillan, 2016


3. Reproductive rights, focus on assisted reproductive technologies:

Balzano A., [https://cris.unibo.it/handle/11585/822884], «ITALIAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW», 2020, 10, pp. 655 - 677

C. Faralli, [https://cris.unibo.it/handle/11585/642110], in: El cuerpo diseminado, Navarra, Civitas, 2018, pp. 153 - 170.

SisterSong – Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective

2007 Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive

Justice and Social Change, www.sistersong.net/reproductive-justice.


Teaching methods

This is a first-semester course, consisting in a series of lectures delivered in class. However, lessons will take place in accordance with the procedures established by the University regarding the COVID-19 emergency. More info will be published at the beginning of September.

Assessment methods

The final exam is meant to test not only the students' knowledge of the main developments of the contemporary debate, but also their understanding of the complex issues discussed during the course. Final Grading Scale:

– The student’s grasp of the ground covered in class is limited to only a narrow range of issues, with an analytic ability that only comes out with the instructor’s help, even if the language used is on the whole correct. → 18–19


– The student can discuss a broader range of issues, but with a limited capacity for critical analysis, even if the language is correct. → 20–24


– The student can discuss a broad range of issues, demonstrating an independent capacity for critical analysis and a command of the terminology. → 25–29


– The student demonstrates a facility for discussion essentially across the entire spectrum of issues, with an ability to engage in independent critical analysis and make connections between arguments, coupled with a full command of the terminology and a capacity for argument formation and self-reflection. → 30–30 cum laude.

Teaching tools

All information about the course, as well as any notices, will be published online at https://virtuale.unibo.it/ or at the webpage https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/carla.faralli


Office hours

See the website of Carla Faralli