Students should note that all of the modules below may not be available to them.

Undergraduate students should refer to the relevant section of the UCC Undergraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.

Postgraduate students should refer to the relevant section of the UCC Postgraduate Calendar for their programme requirements.

WS6002 Feminist Theory
WS6003 Women in Society I : Contextualising Women in Society
WS6004 Dissertation in Women's Studies
WS6005 Women in Society II: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
WS6006 Directed Study in Women's Studies
WS6007 Feminist Methodologies
WS6008 Research Skills in Women's Studies Part 2

WS6002 Feminist Theory

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 24 x 2hr(s) Seminars (and self-directed learning).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sandra McAvoy, Department of History.

Lecturer(s): Staff, College of Accss, and cognate areas.

Module Objective: To identify and explore key issues from the broad range of theories and ideas that make up the body of scholarship we refer to as feminist theory.

Module Content: A range of texts will be studied that illustrate key historical and contemporary developments in feminist theory.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Locate feminist theory within a broader framework of feminist debate around social and political change.
· Assess the contributions of specific theories to feminist debates around social and political change.
· Assess how differences (race, ethnicity, class, sexual identity, time, place, values etc.) inform theoretical positions.
· Appreciate the impact gendered politics has on discourses of knowledge.
· Relate different theoretical positions to women's experiences.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 X 5,000 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (1x5,000 word essay to be submitted by the third Friday in August.).

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WS6003 Women in Society I : Contextualising Women in Society

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars (and self-directed study).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sandra McAvoy, Department of History.

Lecturer(s): Staff, College of Accss, and cognate areas.

Module Objective: To introduce and contextualise an analysis of gendered aspects of social and cultural life within an interdisciplinary framework.

Module Content: It may include all or some of the following: Representations of Women in History, the Women's Movement; Women and Social Policy.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Explore themes which connect first and second wave feminism.
· Identify issues in contemporary society of particular relevance to the lives of women.
· Analyse and critically assess historical and contemporary interventions designed to address gender inequality and present findings orally and in writing.
· Explore issues of gender in specific Irish and international documents.
· Apply a feminist analytical approach in research.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,500 - 3,000 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (one 2,500-3,000 word essay to be submitted by the third Friday in August.).

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WS6004 Dissertation in Women's Studies

Credit Weighting: 45

Semester(s): Semester 2 and 3.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Other (Independent supervised research).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sandra McAvoy, Department of History.

Lecturer(s): Staff, College of Accss, and cognate areas.

Module Objective: To enable the student to undertake further research in a chosen area; to analyse research findings in the context of existing literature; and to further develop his/her written communications skills.

Module Content: A dissertation on an approved topic, written under supervision by a member of staff.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Establish effective strategies for researching a chosen topic.
· Critically evaluate previous research in their area.
· Engage in original research that involves collecting, evaluating and analysing research materials from a range of primary and secondary sources.
· Apply appropriate feminist theories and methodologies.
· Produce appropriately referenced work of a high standard of scholarship.
· Contribute to knowledge in their chosen area.

Assessment: Total Marks 900: Continuous Assessment 900 marks (Three bound typed copies of the dissertation (18,000 - 20,000 words) to be submitted by the first Friday in October.).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: No Supplemental Examination.

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WS6005 Women in Society II: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Credit Weighting: 15

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 36 x 2hr(s) Seminars (and visiting speakers, self-directed study, a reflective journal and fieldtrips).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sandra McAvoy, Department of History.

Lecturer(s): Staff, College of Accss, and cognate areas.

Module Objective: The analysis of gendered aspects of social and cultural life within an interdisciplinary framework.

Module Content: It may include all or some of the following: Representations of Women in History, Literature and Popular Culture; Motherhood; Women, Work and Family; Women and Social Policy; Women and Politics; Gender Violence; Sexuality; Linguistics; Women and The Law.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Apply interdisciplinary approaches to an analysis of how social, cultural and political practices and mechanisms impact on women.
· Explore issues of gender in specific literary texts.
· Identify the strengths and limitations in existing scholarship in areas focused on.
· Apply feminist analyses to case studies relevant to women's experiences.

Assessment: Total Marks 300: Continuous Assessment 300 marks (1 x 3,000 - 3,500 word essay [150 marks] and a reflective journal and 1,500-2000 word essay [150 marks]).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (1 x 3,000 - 3,500 word essay and/or 1 x 1,500 - 2,000 word essay to be submitted by the third Friday in August).

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WS6006 Directed Study in Women's Studies

Credit Weighting: 15

Semester(s): Semester 2 and 3.

No. of Students: Min 1, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of WS6002, WS6003, WS6005, WS6007 and WS6008 and approval of the Board of Women's Studies

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Directed Study (Tuition or direction will be tailored to the form most appropriate to the specific individual project).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sandra McAvoy, Department of History.

Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Women'S Studies.

Module Objective: To enable students to pursue a specialised area of individual study in Women's Studies under the direction of a member of staff.

Module Content: With staff guidance and advice, students will design and complete: (1) an approved, specialised and substantially detailed individual study, or practical project, on a subject approved by the Board of Women's Studies; (2) a conference report.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Formulate arguments that reflect a critical and comprehensive, interdisciplinary knowledge of feminist debates around social and cultural issues;
· Communicate those arguments effectively both orally and in writing;
· Apply concepts, theories and methodologies appropriately at postgtraduate level;
· Assess how differences (race, ethnicity, class, sexual identity, time, place, values etc.) inform theoretical positions;
· Apply evidence drawn from existing research and scholarship;
· Utilise those transferable skills developed through engagement with the self-directed learning and academic writing aspects of the course to design and pursue a directed project.

Assessment: Total Marks 300: Continuous Assessment 300 marks (Completion and presentation of a directed learning project of 6,000 words, or a project in a medium approved by the Board of Women's Studies and accompanying report of 2,500-3000 words, plus a conference report of 2,500-3,000 words).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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WS6007 Feminist Methodologies

Credit Weighting: 5

Semester(s): Semester 1.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Seminars (writing and library skills development, self-directed study.).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sandra McAvoy, Department of History.

Lecturer(s): Staff, College of Accss, and cognate areas.

Module Objective: To support students in acquiring the Women's Studies research skills required to undertake interdisciplinary postgraduate research and writing.

Module Content: This module will prepare students for research in the interdisciplinary field of Women's Studies. It will provide a theoretical understanding of the research process and enable students to develop practical research skills.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Critically assess a range of feminist research methodologies;
· Acquire the skills necessary to locate and assess a range of electronic and print research resources;
· Enhance their oral and written presentation skills and write fully referenced and proof-read prose in essays and dissertations.

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3,000 word essay).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (One x 3,000 word essay to be submitted by the third Friday in August.).

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WS6008 Research Skills in Women's Studies Part 2

Credit Weighting: 10

Semester(s): Semester 2.

No. of Students: Min 6, Max 15.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Teaching Method(s): Directed Study (individual supervision, self-directed study, fieldwork, student presentations).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sandra McAvoy, Department of History.

Lecturer(s): Staff, College of Accss, and cognate areas.

Module Objective: To support students in acquiring the Women's Studies research skills needed to undertake (and use varying formats to present) an extended piece of research and writing and to enable students to undertake a literature review.

Module Content: This module will continue the research training begun in WS6007. It is designed to enhance students' theoretical understanding of the research process and enable the further development of practical research skills. It will also involve a review of literature relevant to each student's chosen dissertation topic.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
· Identify, critically assess and synthesise literature relevant to their research projects;
· Define and limit their research problems;
· Establish the research framework and methodologies appropriate to their dissertation topics;
· Prepare and deliver well crafted oral presentations.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 5,000 word essay (150 marks) and 1 x oral presentation (50 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).

Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.

Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (One x 5,000 word essay and/or one x PowerPoint presentation and report, as prescribed by the Board of Women's Studies (in lieu of an oral presentation), to be submitted by the third Friday in August).

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