This one-year postgraduate course has been running since 1997. Its success lies in the unique way it combines a focus on race-critical theory, population movement, conflict and resistance. Specifically, we examine the techniques used by states to manage peoples and conflict, their social and cultural impact and the responses they elicit. It applies race-critical, cultural and postcolonial theories to racialization, migration and nomadism, conflict and peace-making.
It is designed for people who work or wish to work in any of these fields, and/or who are thinking of PhD research. Our recent graduates work for NGOs (national and international), in migrant and Traveller rights, as barristers, playwrights, political activists, researchers, teachers, academics, gardai, journalists, social workers. According to the most recent figures 93% of students in the class of 2012 are either in employment, internships or in further study (compiled by the College Careers Service).
The focus is on Ireland, Europe (including the Balkans), the US and the Middle East. Topics covered include race-critical theory; research methods; colonialism, conflict and liberal intervention; ethnic cleansing and forced migration; ethnicity and social policy; human rights and international issues; gender, race and conflict; migration and the European labour market; migration and education; culture, representation and resistance; social movements and international solidarity; anti-racism education (emphasis can vary from year to year).
Staff, students and alumni form a friendly, ethnically diverse intellectual community with links to the Centre for Post-Conflict Justice, the Long Room Hub, the Institute for International Integration Studies, the Migration and Employment Research Centre, and the Conflict and Resistance Research Group all in Trinity College Dublin, and with a host of national and international academic and civil society organisations involved in race critical theory, critical peace studies, anti-racism, migrant support, Traveller rights and nomadism.
The course is full-time and lasts one calendar year from late September.
Trinity's Department of Sociology is ranked 18th in Europe and in the top 100 in the world by the 2013 QS World University Subject Rankings.
Please note that elective modules may vary from year to year.
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, ethnicity and conflict. The programme 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 programme consists of three elements - mandatory theory, conflict studies and research methodology core courses (30 credits), elective modules (30 credits) and 20,000 words dissertation (30 credits). Attendance in all modules is mandatory but students make up 30 credits, in consultation with the course coordinator.
All classes comprise 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 April each year. Dissertations are submitted at the end of September each year.
Students include recent EU and non EU graduates, as well as national and international public sector and NGO employees.
Teaching staff come mostly from the Department of Sociology, but we also draw on expertise from other TCD departments as well as from NGOs and the legal profession.
Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:
Some MPhil modules will be made available to PhD students registering with the Department of Sociology researching race, ethnicity, conflict and migration, and to students of the MPhil in International Peace Studies.
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:
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:
No work experience is required.
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