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.
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Candidates should have an Honors Bachelor degree (preferably upper-second class honors or equivalent, GPA of at least 3.2) in one of the social sciences or a degree that includes social science as a component.
However, consideration will also be given to applicants with other relevant academic qualifications, work experience in the fields of population movement or conflict and/or publications that demonstrate analytical skills. Applicants seeking admission in this category may, where practicable, be called for interview. In all cases the quality of the candidate's statement of interest and their academic references are important and will be taken into account as part of the admission process.
All applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the medium of English will need to present evidence of English language competency.
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