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Archived Version 2021 - 2022

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The course investigates and explores the evolution of the sociosexual narrative of Ireland of the XXth and XXIst centuries, through an analysis of the salient events which have shaped Ireland's sociosexual panorama, using contemporary social, artistic and cultural artefacts as texts. Theoretical perspectives from masculinity studies, women studies, heterosexual studies, LGBT studies and Queer studies are being used as a platform to analyse contemporary Irish society, literature, art and culture.

Learning Outcomes

1. explore, from contemporary literary and non-literary perspectives, the nature of Irish sexual discourses
2. assess the way contemporary cultural artefacts both reflect and respond to Irish sexual paradigms in Irish society
3. acknowledge the centrality of the issue of sex and sexuality in today's Ireland
4. demonstrate an adequate level of critical understanding as a means to address Irish contemporary debates
5. articulate orally and in written form their thoughts and ideas

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12No Description
Tutorial12No Description
Online activity12No Description
Independent Study45No Description
Directed learning45No Description
Total Workload: 126

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 course is conducted to English and consists of one plenary session and a tutorial. Attendance is compulsory and students are expected to attend all sessions and contribute to tutorials. The are also expected to engage in online learning activities on a regular basis.

On top of the socio-historical text, and of the literary/sociocultural texts on the program, authentic material, including Irish newspaper articles, extract from Irish television news and radio programs, Irish Government reports and sexuality agencies, and Irish literary material will frequently be used, either in class or during independent learning time.

The topics addressed in the plenary sessions and assessed in the continuous assessments ( essay and class presentation) will pertain to the fields of sexuality studies and as such may include, but are not limited to: contemporary sexuality, Irish marriage, divorce, abortion, same sex love, family, from contemporary heterosexual, LGB, transgender or queer perspectives.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Ferriter: 2009, Occasions of Sin, Profile Books, 1861979495
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