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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Negotiating Gender British & Irish Women 1945
Module Code HY331
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Leeann Lane
Semester 2: Leeann Lane
Autumn: Leeann Lane
Module TeachersLeeann Lane
Grania Shanahan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Category 1

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the use of primary sources as historical evidence by engaging with specific documents relating to the position of women in Ireland and Britain during a period in which gender roles began to shift. During this period, women began to slowly play a greater role in the public sphere although this did not come about without opposition from the states under investigation, the churches and other pillars of the establishment. Students will write an undergraduate research paper based on primary sources in conjunction with relevant secondary sources. An oral presentation will form part of this process.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of key events in the history of women in Ireland and Britain in the period 1900-1945
2. Evaluate trends and movements in Irish and British society and culture that influenced shifting gender roles in the period
3. Establish an in-depth understanding of relevant historiography
4. Engage critically with primary sources
5. Demonstrate an ability to research and write an undergraduate research paper

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Directed learning30Engaging with primary sources
Assignment Completion36Document analysis, literature review, presentation, research paper
Independent Study140Sourcing and reading module related material
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content
This module examines constructions of gender roles in Irish and British society in a period of social, cultural and political change. The module will consider the gendered experiences of work, education and family life in the period.

The suffrage campaigns

Women's roles in the Irish Revolutionary period

Women's roles in World War I and World War II

Women: Marriage and family

Women and sexuality

Women and work

Political activism after suffrage





Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentDocument Analysis10%Week 2
AssignmentLiterature review20%Week 7
PresentationOral Presentation10%Week 11
Research PaperResearch Paper60%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Bourke, Angela et al, (eds.): 2001, The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing vol. iv, vol. v, Cork,
  • Bruley, Sue: 1999, Women in Britain since 1900, Basingstoke,
  • Clear, Caitriona: 2000, Women of the House: Women’s Household Work in Ireland, 1926-1961, Dublin,
  • Buckley, Sarah-Anne: 2013, The Cruelty Man: Child Welfare, the NSPCC and the State in Ireland 1899-1956, Manchester,
  • Connolly, Linda: 2003, The Irish Women’s Movement: From Revolution to Devolution, Dublin,
  • Earner-Byrne, Lindsay: 2007, Mother and Child: Maternity and Child Welfare in Dublin 1922-1960, Dublin,
  • Grayzel, Susan: 2002, Women and the First World War, London,
  • Holden, Katherine: 2007, In the Shadow of Marriage. Singleness in England 1914-60, Manchester,
  • Inglis, Tom: 1998, Moral Monopoly. The Catholic Church in Modern Irish Society, 2nd edition, Dublin,
  • Lane, Leeann: 2010, Rosamond Jacob. Third Person Singular, Dublin,
  • Luddy, Maria: 2007, Prostitution and Irish Society 1800-1940, Cambridge,
  • Luddy, Maria: 2005, ‘A “Sinister and Retrogressive Proposal”: Irish Women’s Opposition to the 1937 Draft Constitution’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, vol. 15,
  • McDiarmid, Lucy: 2015, At Home in the Revolution. What Women Said and Did in 1916, Dublin,
  • McIntosh, Gill and Diane Urquhart (eds.),: 2015, At Home in the Revolution. What Women Said and Did in 1916, Dublin,
  • McIntosh, Gill and Diane Urquhart (eds.),: 2010, Irish Women and War: The Twentieth Century, Dublin,
  • Paseta, Senia: 2004, Irish Nationalist Women 1900-1918, Cambridge,
  • Pugh, Martin: 2000, Women and the Women’s Movement in Britain, 1914-1959, 2nd edition, Basingstoke,
  • Rattigan, Cliona: 2012, ‘What Else Could I Do?’: Single Mothers and Infanticide, Ireland 1900-1950, Dublin,
  • Ryan, Louise: 2003, ‘Leaving Home: Irish Press debates on female employment, domesticity and emigration to Britain in the 1930s’, Women’s History Review, vol. 12, no. 3,
  • Ryan, Louise and Margaret Ward (eds.),: 2018, Irish Women and the Vote: Becoming Citizens, Dublin,
  • Scott, Joan: 1999, Gender and the Politics of Histor, Revised edition, New York,
  • Smith, Harold: 2009, The British Women's Suffrage Campaign: 1866-1928, London,
  • Smith, James M: 2007, Ireland’s Magdalen Asylums and the Nation’s Architecture of Containment, Manchester,
Other Resources

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