EQUL40310 Masculinities, Gender and Equality

Academic Year 2024/2025

About the module coordinator and lecturer:
Dr. Ernesto Vasquez del Aguila is an Assistant Professor in Social Justice, UCD School of SocialPolicy, Social Work and Social Justice . By background, he is a medical anthropologist with a PhD from Columbia University, New York. His research expertise spans the topics of Masculinities, Migration, Sexualities, Ageing and Global Health based on research undertaken in Latin America, Ireland, and the USA. His latest publications include Unsustainable Institutions of Men: Transnational Dispersed Centres, Gender Power, Contradictions (Routledge 2019) and Being a Man in a Transnational World: The Masculinity and Sexuality of Migration (Routledge 2014). He has previously taught at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Lima, Peru); Georgetown University (Washington, DC, USA); and at the University of the Philippines (Manila, Philippines).

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Encourage students to develop a critical analysis of how gender and masculinities organise and construct our everyday lives;

2. Gain a better understanding of diversity and ourselves through the comparative study of other cultures and their notions of gender and masculinities;

3. Critically analyse the ways our societies produce power, knowledge, discourses, and inequalities through gender and masculinities.

4. Embrace an intersectional approach that posits gender and masculinity at the interaction of other factors such as race/ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, among others.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; specified readings; class/group guided discussions/activities
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
EQUL30080 - Men, Masculinities & Equality, SOC30320 - Men in Contemporary Society, SSJ30080 - Global Masculinities

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Quizzes/Short Exercises: ONE individual take-home Multiple Choice Questionnaire. The questions will be drawn from material covered in each of the weekly learning units. Week 7 Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Individual Project: This is a take-home open book examination and should demonstrate your proficiency in applying concepts relevant to masculinities studies to a topic of your choice. Week 15 Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback will be provided to students post-assessment

Name Role
Dr Ernesto Vasquez Del Aguila Tutor