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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Theoretical Perspectives in Sexuality Studies
Module Code NS5029
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Mel Duffy
Semester 2: Mel Duffy
Autumn: Mel Duffy
Module TeachersMel Duffy
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Poster with 2,000 word explanation

This module constitutes a core module for the MA in Sexuality Studies. It introduces students to the theoretical debates about sexuality, sexual identities, gender identities, sexual orientation and their representations in society. Sessions are a combination of lecture and seminar. Students are expected to engage with the literature through significant reading.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically engage with contemporary theoretical approaches within sexuality studies.
2. Explore the social and individual process involved in the enactment of sexuality relations.
3. Engage with interdisciplinary approaches to challenge normalisations, hierarchies and relations domination.
4. Critique the influence of family, religion, culture, ethnicity and gender on our concepts of sexuality.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Interactive learning
Assignment Completion50Independent research
Independent Study76Reading and thinking
Independent Study100Reading, thinking and development of ideas
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

Theoretical frameworks
Ways of thinking, ways of knowing

History of sexuality
Where did it come from?

Masculinity and Feminity
Male and female sexualities - simalarity or difference

Development of sexual identities
How do we become?

Heterosexuality, Homosexuality, Bisexuality, Transexuality
Are we one or the other?

Sexuality in Ireland
A history of regulation or freedom

Culture and sexuality
Stigma, stereotypes or plain old my culture is better than yours?

Contemporary issues in religion, family and sexuality
Idenify how religion and family can or have an influence on sexualities

Sexual spaces

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Poster presentation A visual poster on a topic of your choice relating to one aspect of the course50%
Oral ExaminationAn oral presentation of the poster25%
Assignment2,000 word explanation of the poster25%
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

  • edited by Steven Seidman, Nancy Fischer, Chet Meeks: 2006, Introducing the new sexuality studies, 2nd, 65, Routledge, London and New York, 9780415399005
  • Diarmaid Ferriter,: 2009, Occasions of Sin, 5, Profile Books, London, 9781861979186
  • Johnson, Patrick E & Henderson, Mae G: 2005, Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology, Duke University Press,
  • Judith Butler: 1999, Gender trouble, Routledge, New York, 0415924995
  • Corber, Robert J & Valocchi, Stephen: 2003, Queer Studies: An Interdisciplinary Reader, Blackwell Publishing,
  • Foucault, Michael: 1978, The History of Sexuality: An Introduction Vol 1, Penguin Books,
  • Halberstam, Judith: 2005, In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodes, Subcultural Livs, New York University Press,
  • Hawley, John C (ed): 2001, Post-colonial Queer: Theoretical Intersections, State University of New York,
  • Hyde, Janet & DeLamater, John: 2010, Understanding Human Sexuality,
  • Seidler, Victor J: 2006, Transforming Masculinities: Men, Culture, Bodis, Power, Sex and Love, Routledge,
  • Butler, Judith: 1993, Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex, Rutledge,
  • Storr, Merl (ed.): 1999, Bisexuality: A Critical Reader, Routledge,
  • West, David: 2005, Reason and Sexuality in Western Thought, Polity Press,
  • Byer, Curtis O, Shainberg, Louis W & Galliano, Grace: 1999, Dimensions of Human Sexuality, McGraw Hill,
  • Cavin, Susan: 1985, Lesbian Origins, Ism Press, San Francisco,
  • Foucault, M: 1978, The Care of Self: The History of Sexuality, Vol 3, Penguin Books,
  • Foucault, M: 1978, The Use of Pleasure: The History of Sexuality, Vol 2, Penguin Books,
  • Hockey, Jenny; Meah, Angela & Robinson, Victoria: 2010, Mundane Hetrosexualities From Theory to Practice, Palgrave,
  • Hug, Chrystel: 1999, The Politics of Sexual Morality in Ireland, Macmillan Press Ltd,
  • Inglis, Tom: 1998, Lessons in Irish Sexuality, University College Dublin Press,
  • Jackson, Stevi: 1999, Hetrosexuality in Questions, Sage,
  • Lawler, Steph: 2008, Identity: Sociological Prespective, Polity Press,
  • Layte, Richard; McGee, Hannah; Quail, Amanda; Rundle, Kay; Cousins, Grainne; Donelly, Claire; Mulcahy, Fiona and Conroy, Ronan: 2006, The Irish Study of Sexual Health and Relationships, Department of Health and Children and Crisis Pregnancy Agency, Dublin,
  • Le Vay, Simon & Baldwin, Janice: 2009, Discovering Human Sexuality, Palgrave,
  • Marcus, Eric: 1992, Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights 1945 - 1990, Harper Collins, New York,
  • Markowe, Laura A: 1996, Redefining the Self: Coming out as a Lesbian, Polity Press, Cambridge,
  • Norman, James; Galvin, Miriam & McNamara, Gerry: 2006, Straight Talk: Researching Gay and Lesbian Issues in the School Curriculum, Centre for Education Evaluation, School of Education Studies, Dublin City University, Dublin,
  • O''''Carroll, Ide & Collins, Eoin: 1995, Lesbian and Gay Visions of Ireland, Cassell, London,
  • OCarrol, Ide & Szalacha, Laura: 2000, A Queer Quandry, LEA for the RSE team at the Department of Education and Science, Dublin,
  • Parker, Richard & Aggleton, Peter: 1999, Culture, Society and Sexuality: A Reader, UCL Press,
  • Plummer, Ken: 1992, Modern Homosexualities, Routledge,
  • Plummer, Ken: 1975, Sexual Stigma: An Interactionist Account, Rougledge,
  • Kegan, Paul; Seidan, Steven; Fischer, Nancy and Meeks, Chet: 2010, Introducing the New Sexuality Studies, Routledge,
  • edited by Mattilda, a. k. a. Matt Bernstein Sycamore: 2006, Nobody passes, Seal Press, Emeryville, CA, 9781580051842
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