GS40120 Gender: Global Concepts

Academic Year 2023/2024

Drawing on intersectional and decolonial approaches, this module explores concepts of gender and gender inequalities in their transnational theoretical, political, and applied contexts. The module aims to orient students in transnational perspectives on gender and feminisms by critically analysing and mapping contemporary and historical epistemologies, dilemmas, problems, and processes shaping gender disparities at global scales. The module first examines how gender and feminisms have been shaped and articulated by global and local colonial, racialised and patriarchal political economies, political spaces of global law and policy making and through heteronormative frames. The module then invites students to critically examine related and applied issues such as global migration trends, gendered violence, reproductive rights, labour and economics and climate change among others. Students will learn to understand, decolonize, critically appraise and to interrogate taken-for-granted assumptions of gender and feminisms in the 'global' context.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Develop theoretically informed understandings on gender and development, intersectional, decolonial, postcolonial and queer approaches to global gender inequality

2. Critically analyse global policies, plans, legislations, institutions, and discourses addressing global gender inequalities

3. Understand how global gender inequalities intersects with other forms of oppression: racism, homophobia, classism, ageism, ableism, xenophobia

4. Map and critically analyse factors, processes, outcomes, actions and solutions for issues involving gender inequalities in the Global South and Global North

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, activities and class discussion. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Final assignment. Critical research report on a global gender process/issue/case Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Essay: Critical essay and leading discussion Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded 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
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Dr Orla Kelly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Aideen Quilty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Aisling Swaine Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Dorota Szelewa Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Ernesto Vasquez Del Aguila Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 14:00 - 15:50