SSJ20110 Gender, Power and Politics - Historical Perspectives

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module explores the ways in which power has been gendered, where gender has served as a basis for power, regulation and control, as well as the basis for political inclusion / exclusion. There is a focus on issues of key historical, political, and socio-cultural issues from the 1st to the 3rd waves of feminism, concentrating on identities, politics, political activism, sexualities and citizenship. The module will address the social construction of gender, the relation between feminist theory and activism, and how modern society has responded to issues of citizenship, power, race, class, gender and sexualities. There will be an examination of gender relations in Ireland, the changing constructions of masculinities and femininities and the gendered nature of power. This module is taught by Dr Mary McAuliffe.

We encourage you to search for other Social Justice (SSJ) modules which include options relating to Equality Studies and Women's Studies. Graduates who have completed at least 15 credits of undergraduate electives by choosing SSJ modules will have this noted on their UCD transcripts as the completion of Structured Electives in Social Justice.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Show familiarity with key feminist movements, debates and issues.
2. Explain the systems of power and citizenship which produce differences among women and between women and men.
3. Situate feminist activism, movements and debates in historical and local contexts.
4. Present ideas orally and engage in discussion. 6. Write a scholarly essay that is appropriate for Level 2 students.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
this module will be a mixture of lectures; critical writing; reflective learning; and student participation. Each two hour session will comprise a lecture followed by a participative seminar. . 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

This course would suit students of any discipline interested in gender, politics, feminism, gender history, women's activism as well as issues and debates about equal rights.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Gender, Power & Politics (WS20110)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: ask chat gpt to create a feminist/civil liberties campaign based on a series of feminist/civil liberties slogans that will be generated in class. In 200 words explain what is right or wrong about it? Week 10 n/a Graded No


Assignment: mid term assignment - 500 words - critical reflection on self-chosen reading from module reading list Week 6 n/a Graded No


Essay: end of semester essay - 1,800 words - you will choose one essay from a number of essay titles offered. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: An MCQ based on first three weeks of lectures and readings Week 3 n/a Graded No


Project: Design a poster/campaign slogan for a feminist, civil rights, or equality campaign of your choosing. Inclue 200 words of an explanatory note about the poster / campaign Week 8 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn 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?

for both the assignment and essay written and oral feedback will be provided.

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