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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Women, Feminism and the CCI's
Module Code CM2007
School School of Communications
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Mark O'Brien
Semester 2: Mark O'Brien
Autumn: Mark O'Brien
Module TeachersMark O'Brien
Angelos G. Bollas
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to explore the key theoretical, historical, contextual, and industry debates and trends concerning women, feminism, and the creative and cultural industries. The focus will be on (a) sketching out the arguments and discussions around the importance of creative and cultural practice and the implication of women’s under-representation from these realms and (b) focusing on specific industries, the second half of the module looks at the current landscape of women’s involvement in the CCIs and the ways in which women have sought to carve out a space for their own creative practice. The nature of this course is interdisciplinary and, as such, readings and resources are drawn from feminist studies, cultural studies, media studies, sociology, industry reports, and the work of creative women in various spheres.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of key theoretical debates and concepts connected to the subject of creative and cultural work and practice
2. Evaluate the various waves of feminist thought and critique from the second to the fourth waves
3. Identify and articulate arguments of feminist thinkers, scholars, and commentators on the topic of women’s creative and cultural output, work, and lives
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the current state-of-play in several industries with respect to women’s involvement and representation
5. Develop an appreciation for the creativity of various female artists, musicians, cultural practitioners

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Weekly sessions
Independent Study60Research and reading
Assessment Feedback2One-to-one feedback on project proposal; Meeting with module lecturer/s
Assignment Completion41Assignment: planning, research, completion. Carry out solo project
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

Theory and Context

Week 1
The CCIs and Why They Matter Offers an overview of the Creative and Cultural Industries, culture and myth-making in all its forms

Week 2
Virginia Woolf and Alice Walker – From our own room to our mother’s gardens The impact and legacy of women’s exclusion from cultural creation

Week 3
Second Wave Feminist Critiques of Male-Dominated Culture 1960s and 70s feminist theory around culture and creativity

Week 4
Second Wave Feminist Critiques of Male-Dominated Culture (continued) 1960s and 70s feminist theory around culture and creativity (continued)

Week 5
Third and Fourth Wave Feminist Discussions/ Debates about Creative Culture 1980s to Present – key trends in cultural critique (Postfeminism and Lad Culture)

Week 6
Third and Fourth Wave Feminist Discussions/ Debates about Creative Culture (continued) 1980s to Present – key trends in cultural critique (Postfeminism and Lad Culture) (continued)

Week 7
Reading Week Students should catch up on lecture readings and review Students should make appointment to discuss chosen assignment topic

Part II
Industry, Performance, and Making Change

Week 8
Music – From Riot Grrrl to Girl Power Covers punk to pop and how we might appraise these genres

Week 9
Film/ TV/ Radio – Carving out an experimental space Agnes Varda, Vivienne Dick etc:

Week 10
Advertising – Reformulating Mad.Av. Mother Advertising Agency; feminist advertising research

Week 11
Women and the Art world

Week 12
Women, Design & Fashion

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

  • Cameron, Deborah: 2018, Feminism, Profile Books,
  • Conor, Bridget; Gill, Rosalind; and Taylor, Stephanie (Eds.): 2015, Gender and creative labour, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell,
  • Gill, Rosalind: 2007, Gender and the Media, Polity Press,
  • Hesmondhalgh, David and Baker, Sarah: 2010, Creative labour: media work in three cultural industries, Routledge,
  • Hesmondhalgh, David: 2007, The cultural industries, (2nd edition), Los Angeles; London: SAGE,
  • Scott, Allen John; Power, Dominic: 2004, Cultural industries and the production of culture, London; New York: Routledge,
  • Tong, Rosemarie Putnam: 1998, Feminist Thought, (2nd edition), Westview Press,
  • van Zoonen, L: 1994, Feminist Media Studies, SAGE,
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