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EDUC7025 - Home Economics Studies

Title:Home Economics Studies
Long Title:Home Economics Studies
Module Code:EDUC7025
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Education Studies
Valid From: Semester 2 - 2021/22 ( January 2022 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Noel Murray
Module Author: Breda OMahony
Module Description: This module will enable students to critically explore the development and multidisciplinary nature of Home Economics as a discipline area. This module aims to empower future Home Economics educators and enable them to critically analyse their role as advocates and agents of change.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Investigate the origins and development of the Home Economics discipline.
LO2 Apply the multidisciplinary nature of the discipline to contemporary issues affecting individuals, families, communities and society.
LO3 Debate the importance of Home Economics Education.
LO4 Develop a personal philosophy of Home Economics.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Historical Developments
Historical Development of Home Economics nationally and internationally. Lake Placid Conference, International Federation of Home Economics (IFHE) position statement and role of the IFHE, changing definitions and focus of Home Economics.
Contemporary issues
Food literacy, sustainable and responsible living; fast fashion, food waste, chemicals in the home, environment, waste management, financial literacy and budgeting, nutrition, food poverty, family and social change.
Professional Philosophical Identity
Philosophy of Home Economics, professional identity as a Home Economist; mission-oriented discipline, life- skills, transferable skills, empowerment, advocacy, transformative leadership, emancipatory action.
Home Economics Barriers and Facilitators
Home Economics internationally, position of Home Economics nationally and in the post-primary school curriculum and school environment, beliefs, values, gender and Home Economics, stereotypes and perceptions of the discipline. Vision/hopes for the future of Home Economics
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Reflective Journal Students will critically engage on topics and themes explored in class. Students will then critically reflect on this new knowledge and relate to their personal and professional development as a Home Economist. Students will receive formative feedback as they progress through their reflective journal. 1,2,3,4 100.0 Every Second Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture / Classroom discussion 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Research & Reading 5.5 Every Week 5.50
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.50
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture / Classroom discussion 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Research & Reading 5.5 Every Week 5.50
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.50

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Brown, M. & Paolucci, B. 1979, Home Economics: A Definition, American Home Economics Association Washington DC
  • Von Schweitzer, R 2006, Home Economics Science and Arts Managing Sustainable Everyday Life, Peter Lang Germany
  • Davies, A., Fahy, F., Rau, H. 2014, Challenging Consumption Pathways to a more sustainable future, Routledge London
  • Thoresen, V.W., Didham, R. J., Klein, J. And Doyle, D. 2015, Responsible Living Concepts, Education and Future
  • Pendergast, D. 2001, Virginal Mothers, Groovy Chicks & Blokey Blokes: Rethinking Home Economics (and) Teaching Bodies, Australian Academic Press Brisbane
  • Fusa, S. 2004, A Philosophy of Home Economics, Koriyama Women’s University Press Japan
  • Bolton, G. 2018, Reflective practice : writing and professional development, 5th Ed., Thousand Oaks, CA SAGE Publications London [ISBN: 978152641170]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Gwilt, A. 2020, A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion, Bloomsbury Publishing London
  • Elias, M.J. 2010, Stir It Up – Home Economics in American Culture, University of Pennsylvania Press Philadelphia
  • Alexander, K. L., Holland, A. K., & Rambo, P. 2018, Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences in the 21st Century, Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Farrelly, C. 2008, Is Home Economics Emancipatory? A critical discourse analysis of curriculum, Conference Proceedings XXI World Congress of the International Federation of Home Economics IFHE) Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Mc Gregor, S.L.T 2015, The future of family and consumer sciences (FCS) and home economics: an international and intergenerational vignette, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 107
  • Mc Gregor, S.L.T., Pendergast, D., Senuik, E., Eghan, F., Engberg, L. 2008, Choosing our future: ideologies matter in the home economics profession, International Journal of Home Economics
  • McCloat, A., and Caraher, M., 2018, The evolution of Home Economics as a subject in Irish primary and post-primary education from the 1800s to the twenty-first century
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Darling, C.A. 1995, An evolving historical paradigm: from home economics to family and consumer sciences, Journal of Consumer Studies and Home Economics
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_FHEBU_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Home Economics and Business 4 Mandatory
CR_FHOEC_8 Professional Diploma in Education - Home Economics 1 Mandatory

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