SSJ10070 Exploring Gender

Academic Year 2022/2023

This Course provides an opportunity for students to engage with central ideas and thinking in gender and feminist theory including gender, power, patriarchy, oppression and identity. Development of concepts of gender in contemporary gender, queer, trans and affect theories that challenge the traditional gender/sex binary will be explored. The important relation between theory and practice using the body as a site of our interrogations will be examined and oppressive social identity systems including sexism, racism and classism will be challenged. Regulation of the body, sexualities, changing body images, issues of bodily integrity, gender-based violence, consent and agency will be explored using key feminist and gender theory texts. To think through core concepts, questions will be asked around a range of themes such as sexual reproduction and reproductive justice, care, migration, work and privilege. Gendered hierarchies linked to material and structural disadvantage will be explored in a global context and different patriarchal systems will be analysed that have disadvantaged women and enforced rigid gender roles that confine and restrict both women and men.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should:

1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of different theoretical approaches to conceptualising gender.
2. Show an awareness of ideas that bring new perspectives to understandings of gender and sexuality.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of gender roles, gender relations, power and patriarchy.
4. Show an understanding of debates on consent, agency and gender-based violence.
5. Have an awareness of structural gender inequalities the way in which gender and other inequalities such as ethnicity, social class and disability intersect.
6. Present informed ideas of key feminst and gender concepts covered in a clear and coherent manner.

Indicative Module Content:

This module serves as an introduction to feminist ideas and theories on gender, class, power, intersectionality, sexualities and activism.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This modules will include critical thinking on readings, reflective responses, developing understanding of gender and the gendered world. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

No prior learning required

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: End of Semester 1,500 word essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ Mid-Term Assessment 1 Week 6 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


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

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

feedback - written and / or oral will be provided on the final essay

Name Role
Dr Mary McAuliffe Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Aideen Quilty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Aisling Swaine Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Caoimhin O Madagain 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) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 13:00 - 14:50