SSJ30080 Masculinities

Academic Year 2022/2023

This is an inter-disciplinary module that takes a critical look at the studies of gender, masculinities, and gender relations. The course offers a broad overview of the contemporary studies on men and masculinities. It draws upon the assumption that masculinity is an organising principle of society, which shapes ideologies and practices, and intersects with factors such as race, ethnicity, social class, and sexuality. There are multiple versions of masculinities and forms of “being a man” presented not only at different times and in different cultures, but also within the same society. These versions of masculinity coexist within power relations, hierarchical positions in society, and within negotiations and intersections between femininities and masculinities.

This module interrogates topics such as: the intersections of gender, race and social class; heterosexual, queer, gay and trans masculinities; gender inequality; non-western masculinities; work; male health and wellbeing; ageing; “new” masculinities; male friendship; fatherhood and caring masculinities; and popular culture and the “manosphere”. Particular attention will be devoted to the study of men and masculinities in the context of international migration, globalisation, and inequality.

About the module coordinator and lecturer:
Dr. Ernesto Vasquez del Aguila is an Assistant Professor/Ad Astra Fellow at the School of Social Policy, 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).

We encourage you to search for other Social Justice (SSJ) modules that include options relating to Equality Studies and Gender 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:

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; active-learning tasks; group discussions; use of in-class technology-enhanced learning applications 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
EQUL40310 - Masculinities & Equality, SOC30320 - Men in Contemporary Society

Men, Masculinities & Equality (EQUL30080)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: End of term project Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Masculinities Virtual Gallery (40%). Group Project. See guidelines provided. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard 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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback will be provided to students post-assessment.

Name Role
Theresa Schilling 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) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 14:00 - 15:50