Sexualities: Identity and Stigma
University College Dublin
Area of Study
Gender Studies, Women's Studies
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2.5 - 3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3.75 - 4.5
Hours & Credits
OverviewSexuality might be defined as the private and personal experience of bodily desire for intimacy and family
formation, yet expressions of sexuality frequently come under the public surveillance of state, religion, and
society at large. The regulation of sex and gender is at the core of many power systems in state and society.
Judgements on appropriate sexuality, including prescribed norms for gender are at the nexus of many of the
most contentious contemporary debates and social power struggles.
The course offers an overview of key theorists
such as Freud, Foucault and Goffman and influential feminist concepts in understanding gender and sexuality.
The module focuses on some important areas of contention, debate and power struggles, examining the most
recent work and future approaches to the study of sexuality. Themes and topics addressed include: Reproductive
Justice, Queer Theory, Clerical abuse of children, Prostitution in Ireland and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Trans (LGBT) issues.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.