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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Law and Body Politics
Module Code LG3480
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Tanya Ni Mhuirthile
Semester 2: Tanya Ni Mhuirthile
Autumn: Tanya Ni Mhuirthile
Module TeachersIain McMenamin
Tanya Ni Mhuirthile
Ronan Condon
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module is designed to introduce students to the study and research of the role of law in the highly contested area of the body. The module will consider and evaluate a range of theoretical and critical literature around the treatment of the body in law. It will consider the very different clashing perspectives which exist with respect to the role of legal regulation of issues relating to the body such as prostitution, assisted human reproduction, genital cuttings etc. It will also consider law as a political sphere within which issues relating to the body, gender and sexuality are negotiated.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theoretical perspectives on the construction of the body.
2. Appreciate the role of the law in regulating and constructing the body.
3. Establish a systematic integrated and critical awareness of the possibility of deploying Law to achieve equality
4. Demonstrate an awareness of the limitations of law in addressing issues relating to corporality.
5. Evaluate law and policy in light of various competing approaches to difficult issues.
6. Distil complex and disparate sources of research and data relating to law and body politics and express same with clarity and coherence.
7. Develop advanced reasoned arguments, challenging assumptions and reaching sound informed judgments about issues relating to law and corporality.
8. Communicate ideas orally in an effective manner and argue, advocate, present and persuade with clarity and accuracy.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study176No Description
Assignment Completion50No Description
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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
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

  • 0: Bridgeman & Mills, 1995, Law and Body Politics: Regulating the Female Body, Dartmouth, 192247
  • 0: Butler, J., 1993, Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex, Routledge, 192248
  • 0: Butler, J., 1999, Gender Trouble (2nd ed) Routledge, 192249
  • 0: Cornell, D., 1998, At the Heart of Freedom : Feminism, Sex, and Equality, Princeton University Press, 192250
  • 0: Dines, Jensen and Russ, 1988, The Production and Consumption of Inequality Routledge, 192251
  • 0: Fausto-Sterling, 2000, Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality, Basic Books, 192252
  • 0: Fineman, M., Jackson, J.E., and Romero, A.P., 2009 Feminist and Queer Legal Theory: Intimate Encounters, Uncomfortable Conversations, Ashgate, 192253
  • 0: Gill, A.K., and Sundari, A., 2011 Forced Marriage: Introducing a Social Justice and Human Rights Perspective, Zed Books, 192254
  • 0: Hosken, F.P., 1994, The Hosken Report: Genital/Sexual Mutilation of Females (4th ed.) Women's International Network News, 192255
  • 0: Hossain, S. and Welchman, L., 2005 'Honour': Crimes, Paradigms and Violence Against Women, Zed Books,
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