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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2019 - 2020

Module Title Equality, Access and Inclusion
Module Code ES311
School 76

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr James O'Higgins NormanOffice NumberCA123
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module aims to enable students to identify and analyse key issues in the areas of equality, diversity and inclusion of minority and ethnic groups in society.

Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to analyse the implications of catering for diversity in society and in schooling
2. Students will be able to identify the 9 grounds set out in the Equality legislation.
3. Students will be familiar with key EU and Irish Legislation on equality, diversity and inclusion in society and education.
4. Students will be able to examine the implications of educational inequality for individuals, society and the workplace and other educational contexts

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Independent Study40No Description
Directed learning2preparation, revision and assessment
Independent Study23research and study
Independent Study38No 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

Employment Equality Act 1998-2000

Equal Status Acts 2000-2004

Constitution of Ireland

UN Declaration on Human Rights

EU Convention on Human Rights and Freedom

Concepts of Equality and Diversity

Education Act 1998

Education (Welfare) Act 2000

Religion and Education

Race and Education

Sexuality and Education

Gender and Education

Marital and Family Status and Education

Membership of the Travelling Community and Education

Disability and Education

Age and Education

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
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

  • O'Higgins-Norman, J.: 2008, Homophobic Bullying in Irish Secondary Education, Academica, Palo Alto, California, 1933146451
  • Lynch, Kathleen: 1999, Equality in Education, Gill and MacMillan, Dublin,
  • Tovey, Hillary, and Share, Perry: 2003, A Sociology of Ireland, Gill and MacMillan, Dublin,
  • Lynch, Kathleen, Lodge, Anne: 2004, Diversity at School, Equality Authority, Dublin, 1904541194
  • Kindlon, Dan, Thompson, Michael: 2000, Raising Cain, Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, Ballantine Books, New York, 0345434854
  • Renehan, C: 2006, Different planets? Gender attitudes and classroom practice in post-primary teaching, Liffey Press, Dublin, 9781905785162
  • Ann Gravells, Susan Simpson,: 2009, Equality and Diversity in the Lifelong Learning Sector, Learning Matters, Exeter, 1844451976
  • Tom Nesbit (Editor): 0, Class Concerns: Adult Education and Social Class: New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 0787981281
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