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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module analyses what is at stake when sexual and gender identity performances and literacies collide with the migrancy process, and investigates how different factors may redefine the parameters of refugee populations’ self- sexual and gender appraisal. All sexualities are dealt with (heterosexual, homosexual and queer) ; all genders are discussed, from the perspectives of women studies, masculinity and queer studies. The module also looks at how front-line service providers and people dealing professionally with refugees approach this parameter of refugee integration. In so doing this module aims at • Providing practical markers for the understanding of the mechanism of sexual literacy and relationships during and post-transit, • Understanding the morphing narratives of cisgender, transgender and queer identities impacted by forced migrancy, • Evaluating the presence, role and impact of sexual matters in the integration process, • Elaborating on the nature of family and relationships interaction during and post-transit • Assessing the impact of post transit sexual interference and trauma where abuse, rape, trafficking, FGM, prostitution are re-defining the sexual identity of the refugee

Learning Outcomes

1. Further their understanding of the practicalities of effective sexual literacy interaction in any diasporic situation
2. Evaluate the presence, role and impact of sexual matters in this crisis
3. Develop an awareness of the sexual matters, markers and identifiers which have shaped the sexual identity and performance of the arrival population
4. Expand the required skills needed to interact effectively, ethically and professionally with the arrival population on sexual and gender matters
5. Identify communication priorities in managing a crisis situation related to sexuality and gender intimacy and trauma.
6. Develop and manage effective relationships with the diasporic population surrounding these matters
7. Deal effectively with impromptu matters raised by the diasporic population

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars22No Description
Independent Study65No Description
Directed learning26Material uploaded onto the online interface previous to be session to be cogniscent of for seminar discussions.
Assignment Completion12Essay methodology Preparations
Seminars24No Description
Independent Study226No 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

Identity 1
The body as sexual space: who am I sexually upon arrival? How does a service provider deal with sexual identity and space?

Identity 2
Being a woman in the new space: What are the new parameters of motherhood, sisterhood, widowhood, or being a woman as a fully-fledged sexual being in a migratory situation?

Identity 3
Space as a challenge to masculinity: What are the new parameters of masculinity, brotherhood, sexual male identity in the fluid space of migrancy?

Problems and Challenges 1
Generating a space to access and provide sexual services: How do we deal culturally with body issues, and medical queries: sanitary issues, pregnancy, STI, HIV and AIDS.

Problems and Challenges 2
Families, space and sex: What role does “family” as a concept play? How to address the different family structures in a migrant situation?

Problems and Challenges 3
Violence, trauma, transitional spaces and sexualities: How do address sexual interference post-transit? How to articulate sexual trauma ?

Problems and Challenges 4
Transactional Sex and Spaces: How to deal with sex-trafficking, child-brides, prostitution?

Integration 1
Relationships, space and sex: Dealing with new sexual relationships in a new space. How to carry the baggage of the past?

Integration 2
LG and coming out in the new space : How to deal with homosexuality in the new space?

Integration 3
Non-binary and the new-space: MSM, She-males, Katoi matters in Western situations?

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

  • Calogero Giametta: 2017, The Sexual Politics of Asylum, Routledge, 9781315561189
  • Francesca Stella, Yvette Taylor, Tracey Reynolds, Antoine Rogers eds.: 2016, Sexuality, Citizenship and Belonging: Trans-National and Intersectional Perspectives, Routledge, 9781315752563
  • Spijkerboer Thomas ed.: 2013, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Asylum, Routledge, 9781138930131
  • Eithne Luibhéid: 2002, Entry Denied: Controlling Sexuality at the Border, University of Minnesota Press Minneapolis, 9780816638048
  • Michael J. Palmiotto: 2014, Combating Human Trafficking: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Taylor and Francis Ed., 9781482240399
  • Jacqueline Stevens: 2016, Citizenship in Question: Evidentiary Birthright and Statelessness, Duke University Press, 9780822362
  • Marie Segrave, Sanja Milivojevic, Sharon Pickering eds: 2012, Sex Trafficking, Routledge, 978184392510
  • Ravi K.S. Kohli and Fiona Mitchell: 2007, Working with unaccompanied asylum seeking children, Palgrave Macmillan, 9781403997548
  • Eithne Luibhéid & Lionel Cantú Jr., eds: 2008, Queer Migrations Sexuality, U.S. Citizenship, and Border Crossings, Duke University Press, 9780816644
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