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Archived Version 2011 - 2012

Module Title Women in Irish and European Society 1789-1922
Module Code HIS5
School Open Education

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr James BruntonOffice NumberD102
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 15
Pre-requisite HIS1
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module considers the history of women's role in both the private as well as the public sphere and examines the experience of women 'on the margins'. Students on this module complete a research essay instead of a final examination.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically evaluate developments in academic writing on women with reference to the difference between women’s history, feminist history and gender historys history, feminist history and gender history
2. Critically analyse the ways in which social, economic and political factors shaped women s lives in period 1790-1915
3. Demonstrate an informed view regarding the ways in which women accessed the public sphere of politics and employment and how society's expectations of women's roles in society shifted at certain seminal points in the periods
4. Critically reflect on the importance of class in the study of women's lives in the period
5. Appraise the ways in which society dealt with women who failed to conform to nineteenth century expectations regarding appropriate female roles
6. Carry out an original research project based on primary historical sources which contributes to knowledge in the field

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial15No Description
Online activity15No Description
Independent Study345No Description
Total Workload: 375

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


Unit 1 : Women’s History, Feminist History and Gender History

Unit 2 Research: Getting started

Part 1: Women in the Private Sphere

Unit 3: Domesticity

Unit 4: Religion

Part 2: Women, Education and Work

Unit 5: Philanthropy

Unit 6: Education

Unit 7 Industrialisation and Women’s Work

Unit 8: Women and Work in Ireland

Unit 9: Emigration

Part 3: Developing the Research Project

Unit 10: Literature Review

Unit 11: Negotiating Archival Sources

Part 4: Women on the Margins

Unit 12: Motherhood

Unit 13: Prostitution

Unit 14: Poverty and Criminality

Part 5: Women in the public sphere

Unit 15: Radicalism and utopian discourses of the late eighteenth, early nineteenth century

Unit 16: Politics formal and informal I

Unit 17: Suffrage in Ireland

Unit 18: Women and nationalism in nineteenth century Ireland

Unit 19: Women and nationalism 1900-1921

Unit 20: Women and War

Part 6: The Research Paper

Unit 21: Writing the Research Paper

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

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