SSJ40010 Feminist & Egalitarian Research

Academic Year 2022/2023

This course provides students with a grounding in approaches to research and knowledge generation within feminist and egalitarian theory and practice. Debates on epistemological perspectives and methodologies within social, historical and cultural approaches to research will be explored. The key principles, practical and ethical considerations in research design will be explained. Students will learn the role of theory and analytical frameworks in the research process and how to formulate a meaningful research question. Approaches to research will be critically reviewed and debated with a focus on the principles of research for social justice. The module prepares students to identify approaches to and design of their research projects with critical guidance on writing and completion of projects. Faculty from within the subject of Social Justice teach on the course to enable students to hear from and engage with a wide variety of different researchers and research methods.

This Module is offered within the subject of social justice at level 4.

PhD students interested in this module should review and apply for the same module coded specifically for PhDs as follows : SSJ50140 Feminist Egalitarian Research

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of key debates within feminist and egalitarian research methodology and epistemology;
2. Show an understanding of the principles that inform research practices within egalitarian, participative and feminist research;
3. Demonstrate a capacity to identify appropriate methodologies and practices for different research contexts;
4. Delineate and refine a clearly defined and feasible research question;
5. Understand the principles of research design and demonstrate a capacity to develop a detailed research proposal;
6. Carry out a critical review of literature on a specified topic of inquiry;
7. Communicate findings from research and analysis, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously.

Indicative Module Content:

The module will cover aspects of Feminist and Egalitarian Research and include the following (not exhaustive list):

- Epistemological debates and issues in egalitarian, feminist, and participative research
- Practical and Ethical Considerations in Research Design
- Qualitative Methodologies and Data Collection Methods & Sources
- Interpreting and understanding quantitative data from a feminist and egalitarian perspective
- Historical, documentary and archival research

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The approach to teaching will be dialogical with a strong emphasis on student participation, discussion, and engagement. Students will be required to read selected journal articles, book chapters and refer to methodology handbooks. 
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: Research Proposal (for thesis or portfolio) Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Reflection piece on approaches to feminist and egalitarian research Week 3 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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

There are two assessment components in this module for which feedback will be provided: 1.Reflection piece: written commentary and qualitative feedback, along with a provisional grade will be provided to students post-assessment via Brightspace. 2. Research proposal: written/annotated individual qualitative feedback and provisional grade will be provided to students post-assessment via Brightspace.

Name Role
Dr Michael Byrne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Matthew Donoghue Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mary McAuliffe Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Nita Mishra Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Marie Moran Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Aideen Quilty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Krisna Ruette-Orihuela Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Karen Smith Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Dorota Szelewa Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Ernesto Vasquez Del Aguila Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Judy Walsh Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
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 Wed 12:00 - 13:50