Course Overview

Scholarships are now available for the MA Gender, Globalisation and Rights. 

The MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights is a flagship programme of the Centre for Global Women’s Studies at NUI Galway. It offers a unique opportunity for in-depth study of the gender dimensions of globalisation and global issues, through an interdisciplinary programme that combines the fields of: gender and women’s studies, international development, human rights, and peace and conflict studies. Students acquire the theoretical, conceptual and practical tools needed to apply a gender perspective and undertake gender analyses in relevant domains of practice and employment at local, national and international levels, as well as for advanced research at doctoral level and beyond. In addition to modules on globalisation, development, human rights, gender and feminist theory, health and sexuality, women in agriculture, historical perspectives, and peace and conflict, skills-based modules are offered in research methods, applied gender analysis and empowerment. Students also have the opportunity to undertake an accredited, two-month professional placement with a relevant organisation working on issues related to programme themes.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

  • Dr. Anne Byrne, BA NIHE, Ireland, MA (Sociology) NUI Galway, PhD (Sociology) University of Limerick.
  • Ms. Mary Clancy, BA, H.Dip. in Ed. (NUI), MA (History) NUI Galway.
  • Dr. Nata Duvvury, BA (Economics) Rice University, MA (Economics) University of Alberta, PhD (Economics) Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  • Dr. Su-ming Khoo, BA (Anthropology & Geography) University College London, PhD (Sociology & Social Policy) Queen’s University Belfast, Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, NUI Galway.
  • Dr. Aine Macken-Walsh, BA (NUI Galway), MA, University of Padova, Italy, PhD (Sociology) NUI Galway
  • Dr. Vesna Malesevic, BA (Sociology) University of Zagreb, Croatia, MA (Society and Politics) Central European University, Warsaw, Poland, PhD (Sociology) UCC, Ireland.
  • Dr. Niamh Reilly, BA (Politics and Economics) UCD, Ireland, MA (International Development) (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), PhD (Politics) (Rutgers University New Jersey, USA), LLM (Conflict, Peace Operations and Humanitarian Law) NUI Galway.
  • Dr. Eilis Ward, BA (Political Science and Sociology & Philosophy) NUI Galway, MA (International Relations) Northeastern University (Boston, Mass., USA),  PhD (International Relations), Trinity College Dublin.
  • Dr. Una Murray, B. Ed (St Patricks College, Drumcondra), MA (Development Studies) University of East Anglia, PhD (Development) University College Cork, MII Graduate (Irish Marketing Institute).

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is continuous, based on class participation, project work, in-class presentations, final essays, placement-related tasks and an independently researched minor thesis.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have attained Second Class Honours or better in a primary degree in a relevant discipline (at National Framework of Qualifications Level 8), or equivalent international qualification. Publication/professional experience as deemed suitable by the College of Arts may be considered if the formal requirements are not completely satisfied.

Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2020

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

15

Closing Date

Please see the offer round dates for further information.

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

90

Award

CAO

Course code

1GG1 (full-time) | 1GG2 (part-time)

Course Outline

The MA involves completion of 90 credits (ECTS) including a minor dissertation (30 credits). Two modules (10 credits each) examine the gender dimensions of globalisation and human rights respectively, including in-depth discussion of key concepts and practice, and initiatives to advance gender equality, in each domain. A third 10-credit module introduces students to major debates in gender and feminist theory. A module on research methods is also completed (5 credits). In addition to these core modules, students choose 25 credits from a range of options including the professional placement module (10 credits) and/or a selection of 5-credit options including: Applied Gender Analysis; Women, Conflict and Security; Historical Perspectives on Women and Gender; Sexuality and Global Health Crises; Human Rights and Development; and Women in Irish Agriculture. Practical workshops are offered throughout the year to strengthen academic research and writing skills and other aspects of professional development. Modules are assessed on the basis of final essays, learning journals, practical assignments, in-class presentations, and, in the case of the placement, a portfolio, including an applied project agreed with the host organisation. Placement hosts include local, national and international organisations and agencies concerned with advancing equality, development, peace and human rights.  The dissertation module includes research and methods workshops, group work, and one-to-one supervision. Further information is available at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/soc/postgraduate/ma_ggr.html

Module details for full time course

Module details for part time course

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required GG6106: Human Rights, Women and Gender


Semester 1 | Credits: 10


(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module GG6106: "Human Rights, Women and Gender" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required GG6100: Feminist and Gender Theorising


Semester 1 | Credits: 10


(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module GG6100: "Feminist and Gender Theorising" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required GG101: Gender Perspectives on Globalisation


Semester 1 | Credits: 10


(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module GG101: "Gender Perspectives on Globalisation" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required GG114: Research Methods


Semester 1 | Credits: 5


(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module GG114: "Research Methods" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required GG104: Dissertation Module


Semester 2 | Credits: 30

Assessments
  • Research (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module GG104: "Dissertation Module" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional GG6101: Gender and Conflict


Semester 2 | Credits: 10


(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module GG6101: "Gender and Conflict" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional GG6103: Development and Human Rights


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module GG6103: "Development and Human Rights" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional GG105: Women's Agency and Power


Semester 2 | Credits: 5


(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module GG105: "Women's Agency and Power" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional GG6104: Clár Collaboration


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module enable students to undertake community learning and research collaborations, which involve 6-8 weeks working with a partner organization. The module aims to enhance the civic engagement, collaborative research, and student-led dimensions of the programme. Students will be partnered with a well-established NGO or agency concerned with social issues, development, equality or human rights. They will be given the opportunity to bring their knowledge, critical analysis and understanding of gender to the work of the organisation and the communities they serve.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate enhanced skills of self-organisation and management
  2. Frame and contextualise issues and concepts in organisational settings
  3. Communicate gender, equality and social justice issues across organisational boundaries
  4. Design and undertake an applied social research project
  5. Contemplatively reflect on their role, contribution and future development in an organisational and professional context
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module GG6104: "Clár Collaboration" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional GG6105: Clár Leadership Project


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module aims to provide students with opportunities for civic engagement and collaborative research. The module will entail the undertaking of community learning and research projects. These projects will offer opportunities to exercise leadership through collaboration with staff in designing and carrying out actions that enhance links with community partners on and off campus through organisation of joint activities (e.g., for International Women’s Day or the 16 Days of Action against Gender Violence).
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate enhanced skills of self organisation and management
  2. Frame and contextualise issues and concepts in organisational settings
  3. Communicate gender, equality and social justice issues across organisational boundaries
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Teaching feminist activism" by edited by Nancy A. Naples and Karen Bojar
    ISBN: 9780415931861.
    Publisher: New York ; Routledge, 2002.
The above information outlines module GG6105: "Clár Leadership Project" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional GG6107: History and Narrative in Gender Research


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This Module aims to explore how analysis of gender roles is crucial to reconstructing and recognising the historical effort of women in the past. It explores, in particular, developments relating to international approaches, resources and research, questions relating to civic participation and the construction of life histories. Students will have the opportunity to consult a range of primary sources of a private and public nature, from diaries and photographs to parliamentary debates and public memorials, in order to more critically understand and question discourses and debates of the period. Topics include: women, gender and feminist analysis, pre-franchise electoral participation, working class political effort and representations, formal campaigning for political rights, imperial political spaces, independence and revolutionary participation, displacing women in institutions, citizenship in post-enfranchisement societies. The key objective is to raise critical awareness of how to define and explore historical questions, how and where to find information and how to construct new interpretations of remembered, silenced and forgotten historical effort.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Define and undertake a discrete piece of primary research on a topic relating to Women in Historical Perspective
  2. Confidently explain verbally and in writing the findings of their research
  3. Demonstrate an appreciation of the role of narratives, stories and memories in constructing gendered histories
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Teaching Empires: Gender and Transnational Citizenship in Europe" by Clancy, M. & Peto, A. (editors)
    ISBN: 691877924.
  2. "Irish women and the vote" by editors, Louise Ryan, Margaret Ward; foreword by Rosemary Cullen Owens
    ISBN: 9780716533931.
    Publisher: Dublin ; Irish Academic Press, 2007.
  3. "Framing the west" by editor, Ciara Breathnach; foreword by Cormac � Gr�da
    ISBN: 9780716528746.
    Publisher: Dublin ; Irish Academic Press, 2007.
The above information outlines module GG6107: "History and Narrative in Gender Research" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional GG6108: Engaged Research Practice: Women in Agriculture


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module focuses on the role of women in commodity agriculture and rural entrepreneurship. Emphasis is on three main areas: women's roles in family farming; women's roles in agricultural organisations; women's roles in diversification of the rural economy. Theories of agency and empowerment will be used to analyse women's changing roles in the context of different policy and socio-economic contexts. Students will be guided to implement a Gender Analysis Framework (GAF) assignment over the three-day module, with supportive interactions from their lecturer and representatives from key agri-food agencies and interest groups. The module will be comprised of (i) taught lectures; (ii) guest speakers from the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food; interest groups such as the Irish Farmers' Association and Macra na Feirme; and agri-food agencies such as Teagasc and the IOFGA and (iii) interactive exercises including implementing a GAF assignment, 'mock interviews'; an 'audience reaction panel'; data analysis and problem solving exercises.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Have a key insights to women's roles in Ireland's agri-food sector
  2. Critical analyses of different policy and socio-economic regimes and implications arising for women's agency and empowerment
  3. Interact with key representatives from major organisations/interest groups influential in Ireland's agri-food sector to understand systemic factors influencing women's agency and empowerment
  4. Conduct interactive support and guidance from lecturers and agency representatives in implementing a Gender Analysis Framework assignment
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Masculinities and management in agricultural organizations worldwide" by Barbara Pini
    ISBN: 9780754647348.
    Publisher: Aldershot, England ; Ashgate, c2008.
  2. "A Living Countryside – The politics of sustainable rural development" by McDonagh, J. Shorthall, S and Varley, T (eds)
    ISBN: 978075464669.
    Publisher: Ashgate
The above information outlines module GG6108: "Engaged Research Practice: Women in Agriculture" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional GG106: Women, Conflict and Human Security


Semester 2 | Credits: 5


(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module GG106: "Women, Conflict and Human Security" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional GG113: Applied Gender Analyses


Semester 2 | Credits: 5


(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module GG113: "Applied Gender Analyses" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional GG6109: Gender, Sexuality and Global Health


Semester 2 | Credits: 10


(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module GG6109: "Gender, Sexuality and Global Health " and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional GG6110: Applied Gender Analysis: Policy and Practice


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module introduces approaches and tools that are used in developing, implementing and monitoring policy frameworks and the programmes of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Students will engage in critical discussions of gender mainstreaming as a strategy for advancing gender equality in both policy and programmes. Participants in this module will also gain experience in a variety of practical tools – gender analysis frameworks, gender proofing, gender auditing, and gender budgeting – used by development practitioners.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Participate in debates on gender mainstreaming.
  2. Apply gender analysis frameworks across sectors and different types of programmes.
  3. Critique the strengths and weaknesses of the various gender tools, indicators and evaulation methods.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. ") Empowerment rural context: Feminisms, Empowerment and Development" by n/a
    ISBN: 9781780325835.
  2. "A Guide to Gender-analysis Frameworks" by n/a
  3. ") Gender Relations Analysis: A Guide for Trainers" by n/a
The above information outlines module GG6110: "Applied Gender Analysis: Policy and Practice " and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional GG6111: Independent Study


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

The Independent Study affords the opportunity to undertake a student-initiated project on a topic that students feel passionate about and/or in an activity that enhances professional skills. Independent studies can be academic, practical or community engaged. Depending on the interests and capacities of students, the outcome of an independent study can include a: specialised bibliography, visual exhibit, radio/video documentary, grant application, or organisation of a community workshop or conference panel. This module allows for collaborative engagement with academic staff in a mutual determination of the goals and planned outcomes of the study.
(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module GG6111: "Independent Study" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional GG116: Independent Study


Semester 2 | Credits: 15

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module GG116: "Independent Study" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found employment with a range of national and international NGOs working in the health sector,
women’s rights, domestic violence and social work. Several students with an interest in education have successfully moved to teaching in secondary schools. The MA is a recognised qualification for fourth level education in social sciences, human rights and humanities.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,800 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€6,576 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€16,400 p.a. 2019/20

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your full-time tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay full-time TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Dr. Stacey Scriver
T: +353 91 494 116
E: stacey.scriver@nuigalway.ie

Downloads

  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020

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