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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Law, Ethics and the Person
Module Code LG5023
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Tanya Ni Mhuirthile
Semester 2: Tanya Ni Mhuirthile
Autumn: Tanya Ni Mhuirthile
Module TeachersTanya Ni Mhuirthile
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module combines analysis of current law with a critical exploration of the structures, potential, and limits of law and legal reform. The focus of the module is law, both as a legal regime with specific application to bodily issues that raise ethical questions, and as a political sphere within which issues relating to corporeality are negotiated. The module includes discussions of domestic, European, and international developments. As such, this module provides grounding in the key issues of gender, sexuality, bodies and human rights discourse whilst ensuring that learners will gain an understanding and appreciation of those issues which are at the cutting edge of these discussions.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and in-depth understanding of issues of ethics, the body and law
2. Apply advanced theoretical knowledge and in depth critical thinking to suggest credible and creative solutions to various issue identified in the field of ethics, the body and law.
3. Establish a systematic integrated and critical awareness of the possibility of deploying Human Rights Law to achieve equality while simultaneously demonstrating an awareness of the limitation of rights discourse in achieving such an aim.
4. Synthesise and conceptualise a holistic picture of the dissonance between ostensible legal protection as evidenced in domestic laws, regional laws and international treaties and the enjoyment of Human Rights protections on the ground in relation to ethics, the body and law.
5. Distil complex and disparate sources of research and data in the field of ethics, the body and law and express same with clarity and coherence.
6. Develop advanced reasoned arguments, challenging assumptions and reaching sound informed judgments about ethics, the body and law issues
7. 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 Study65No Description
Assignment Completion36No Description
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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Completion of online activitySubmit an abstract for Research Paper20%n/a
PresentationDefend proposition in research paper before lecturer and peers30%n/a
Research PaperSubmit a detailed research paper on an area of law reform relating to ethics, law and the person building on feedback from abstract and presentation50%n/a
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

  • Alston, P., and Goodman, R.,: 2012, International Human Rights, Oxford University Press,
  • Charlesworth, H., and Chinkin, C.M.: 2000, The boundaries of international law: a feminist analysis, JurisPublishing,
  • Mullally, S.: 2006, Gender, Culture and Human Rights: Reclaiming Universalism, Hart Publishing,
  • Butler, J.: 1993, Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex, Routledge,
  • Cornell, D.: 1998, At the Heart of Freedom : Feminism, Sex, and Equality, Princeton University Press,
  • Fineman, M., Jackson, J.E., and Romero, A.P.: 2009, Feminist and Queer Legal Theory: Intimate Encounters, Uncomfortable Conversations, Ashgate,
  • Hunter, R., McGlynn, C., and Rackley, E.: 2010, Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice, Hart Publishing,
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