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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Power, Self and Society
Module Code LC109
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Julie Daniel
Semester 2: Julie Daniel
Autumn: Julie Daniel
Module TeachersJulie Daniel
Tamara Kolaric
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to theories relating to identity formation, adaptation and communication. In the module students will focus on different forms of identity, including culture, nationality, gender, language and social class. Students will also study discrimination, stereotyping and prejudice as a form of identity abuse. The module provides a foundation for many of the optional modules students may choose, and requires that students reflect in depth on the idea of identity. The module will combine lectures with group discussions and interactive exercises, in which students are expected to engage.

Learning Outcomes

1. Engage with and draw upon relevant theories to discuss issues relating to identity.
2. Reflect on their own personal identity - and that of others - using relevant theoretical ideas.
3. Display an awareness - and provide examples - of how identity is shaped by diverse external forces within society.
4. Critically analyse how external forces conflate to influence personal identity.
5. Identify specific examples of how discrimination and other forms of identity abuse emerge and develop.
6. Display a solid understanding of key concepts covered in the module and be able to articulate these in their own words.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study101Researching and preparing essay
Lecture24Interactive lectures containing course content
Total Workload: 125

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

The module will begin by getting students to reflect and analyse the concept of identity and the process by which identity is formed, constructed and communicated.

Diverse forms of social identity
In the course of the semester students will study diverse social identity constructs which are central to contemporary society. These include nationality, gender, sexual identity, social class, and race/ethnicity.

Students will be required to reflect on their own identity and explore how specific theoretical ideas can assist in understanding their own experiences.

Identity abuse
Students will explore how identity can be - and has been - used as a means of discriminating and abusing certain individuals/groups throughout history.

Research skills
Students will be introduced to the idea of conducting primary and secondary research to study issues relating to the topic of identity.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class Testn/a100%Sem 1 End
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

  • Bauman, Zygmunt: 2004, Identity, 1,
  • du Gay, Paul and Evans, Jessica: 2000, Identity: A Reader, 1,
  • Taylor,G and Spencer S,: 2004, Social identities: multidisciplinary approaches, Routledge, Abingdon,
  • Woodward, Kath: 2004, Questioning Identity: gender, class, ethnicity, 2,
  • Kirby, Peadar, Gibbons, Luke and Cronin, Michael (eds): 2002, Reinventing Ireland : culture, society and the global economy, Pluto, London,
  • Lentin, R. and McVeigh, R. (eds): 2002, Racism and Anti-Racism in Ireland, Beyond the Pale Publications, Belfast,
  • Smith, A.: 1998, Nationalism and Modernism: A Critical Survey of Recent Theories of Nations and Nationalism., Routledge, London,
  • Weedon, C: 2004, Identity and culture, Open University Press, Maidenhead,
  • Weeks, J., Holland, J. and Waites, M. (eds): 2003, Sexualities and Society: A Reader,, Polity, Cambridge:,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BSSCIBA Social Sciences & Cultural Innovation

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