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|Application deadline:||31 July|
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|Start date:||September 2013|
|Duration full-time:||12 months|
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
The MPhil in Ethnic and Racial Studies was a unique postgraduate programme offering specialist theoretical training in issues relating to race, immigration, ethnicity and conflict in Irish, European and global contexts. It was established by the Department of Sociology in Trinity College in 1997. The timing was good: Ireland´s long-running ethno-national conflict was about to end, and in the same moment Ireland, traditionally a country of emigration, was about to become an immigration destination. Ethnic conflict and its management was part of the programme from the outset and we have now changed the programme´s title to reflect that: MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict. We do not plan radical changes to the programme, but courses will reflect recent research by staff, taking in more case studies; including Northern Ireland, Israel-Palestine and the Middle East, the Balkans, as well as the racialisation in the Irish context of migrants and indigenous ethnic minorities, such as Travellers, black-Irish people and Jews,
The MPhil is run by the Department of Sociology whose members have extensive publishing record in this area. Upon successful completion, this full-time programme grants students a postgraduate degree of Masters of Philosophy in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict. The 12-months programme begins in September each year, and consists of two full-year core courses, several elective modules and a dissertation. Students are also free to select modules from the Department´s other Masters programme, the MSc in European Employment Studies. In addition, the programme hosts seminar series, workshops and international conferences.
The programme attracts an ethnically diverse international student body and our graduates play key roles in research and policy organisations in Ireland and globally; many have continued to PhD research.
his programme provides specialist training in the field of race, ethnicity and conflict studies.
The programme has four components:
* i) Core courses: race and ethnicity, theoretical concepts; researching race and ethnicity.
* ii) Seven one-term courses: migration studies; ethnicity and social policy; conflict resolution, governmentality, Ireland; human rights and international issues; race, ethnicity, migration: gender perspectives; migration and the European labour market; visual culture(s) (topics can vary from year to year).
* iii) A 20,000 word dissertation on any approved topic relating to race, ethnicity and conflict.
This full time 12 months postgraduate interdisciplinary programme, located within the Department of Sociology, offers students rigorous training and develops expertise in all aspects of race and ethnicity, migration and racism. The course aims to provide a base for specialist research in the areas of race, ethnicity and conflict studies by offering theory, substantive and research methods training.
The course consists of three elements - mandatory theory and research methodology core courses (30 credits), elective modules (30 credits) and 20,000 words dissertation (30 credits). Students are asked to choose from the elective modules to make up 30 credits in the first week in consultation with the course coordinator.
Each of the core courses and elective modules are taught in two-hour interactive seminar slots, comprising a lecturing input and student participation and formal and informal presentations. Students are allocated specific readings in advance of the sessions and are presented with topics for discussion and critique. The modules described below are assessed by individual essays or written group presentations. Students are allocated dissertation supervisors and are expected to work on their dissertation starting from the Trinity Term. Dissertations are submitted at the end of September each year.
Students include recent EU and non EU graduates, as well as public sector and NGO employees.
Teaching staff come mostly from the Department of Sociology, but are also drawn from other TCD departments as well as NGOs (e.g., Irish Council of Civil Liberties staff who teach the Human Rights module), and other universities (we have an exchange programme with the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, School of Media, Dublin Institute of Technology, whose staff teach the Visual cultures module).
Learning outcomes Upon completion of the programme, students are expected to:
* derive, explain and critically evaluate debates on race, ethnicity and conflict regarding social change in relation to migration and post-conflict societies on Irish, European and global levels
* identify, understand and critically evaluate theoretical and research literature in the field of race, ethnicity, conflict and migration
* apply and compare different research methods in these fields
* conduct independent research of a theoretical or substantive nature in specific fields of ethnic and racial studies
* write theses and research reports to a professional standard
* communicate that research through oral presentations for an academic audience
* perform problem solving in academic and policy contexts
* be qualified to work in policy and research in this field in Ireland and abroad.
Assessment and completion
Assessment is on a pass or fail basis. Prior to writing their dissertations, students have to complete all module assignments. Upon completion of the programme, students are awarded a Masters of Philosophy in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict.
Access to course modules
The MPhil modules will be made available to PhD students registering with the Department of Sociology researching topics of race, ethnicity, conflict and migration.
Candidates should normally hold a good primary degree, preferably with a social science component. Consideration will also be given to those who have relevant academic qualifications, publications and positive academic references.
The following criteria will also be taken into account:
* (a) Work experience relevant to cross-cultural, ethnic and racial issues and human service delivery
* (b) The quality of the statement of interest provided by each applicant.
In exceptional cases, applicants without a first degree may be accepted directly into the programme if they can demonstrate that they possess the equivalent of a good first degree.
Applicants seeking admission in this category will, where practicable, be called for interview.
In addition the following would typically be required:
* (a) Successful recent academic study in a relevant area
* (b) Publications that demonstrate research or analytical capacity
* (c) Academic references
* (d) Relevant work experience.
English language requirements:
* IELTS: Grade 6.5
* TOEFL: 88 iBT, 230-computer based, 570 paper based
* Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C
|CAE score:||80(Grade C)|
|TOEFL paper-based test score:||570|
|TOEFL computer-based test score:||230|
|TOEFL internet-based test score:||88|
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