Bachelor of Arts with Global Womens Studies

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

Through Global Women's Studies (GWS), students explore how gender shapes the lives and identities of women and men and the exercise of power in every sphere - cultural, economic, personal, political, legal and social. Its scope extends from the politics of interpersonal, family and working life to the gendered logic of the nation and the global economy. The programme also covers historical perspectives on women and gender, women's creative expression, and cultural representations of women and gender. Because gender and gender identity do not operate in isolation, the course also examines how other aspects of identity and experience intersect with gender including sexuality, class, disability, 'race', ethnicity, and more.

GWS complements a wide range of Arts subjects including:

  • Economics
  • English
  • Classics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Sociological and Political Studies
  • and languages

Students have the opportunity to attend other universities and undertake group projects and preparation for further study and employment. Most notably, the BA with Global Women's Studies fosters civic engagement, especially in third year, when students have the opportunity to participate in work placements and internships in a range of relevant organisations and professional settings.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional requirements

Students must satisfy Garda vetting requirements

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2011

Entry points(2010): 335


Average intake: 15

Course outline

Year 1

  • Introduction to Women, Culture, Media and Society
  • Creative Expression and Civic Engagement
  • Blue Jeans Project: Women and Girls in the Global Economy

Year 2

  • Transforming Thinking: Feminist Ideas in Action
  • Transforming Women: Women Making a Difference

Year 3

Students choose electives from several topics like

  • Girls' human rights
  • Women in film
  • Local and global feminisms
  • and Gender and the law

They also participate in a civic engagement placement and/or study abroad related to GWS themes.

Further education

The BA in Global Women's Studies emphasizes development of critical thinking and oral and written communications skills. Graduates build library research skills, learn how to conduct interviews and use and interpret various written and visual sources including census data, newspaper archives, film, digital media, and photography.  Graduates can seek further study in both GWS and other arts subjects.

Find out more

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,822
 - Tuition: €3,348
 - Student contribution: €2,250
 - Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €12,750

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