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The MA (Culture and Colonialism) is a multi-disciplinary taught Master of Arts programme, designed for graduates from the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Colonialism (the control and exploitation of dependent territories by a more dominant nation) has been one of the most crucial cultural influences on modern society, politics and culture across the globe. Its ongoing legacies shape todays headlines about political and cultural conflicts and their fragile resolutions. Students are trained to analyse colonialism in both its past and present incarnations, across an international range of geographical and historical contexts, and to consider its significance in relation to imperial ascendancies, nationalist movements, postcolonial experiences, the rise of neo-colonial thought, and the spread of globalisation.
Our teaching staff has been drawn from the departments of English, History, Political Science and Sociology, Economics, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Classics, and is supplemented by Irish and international guest lecturers. Modules/coursework on offer may include:
Colonialism in 20th-Century Cultural Theory Approaches to the Study of Culture and Colonialism Decolonization and Neo-Colonialism: The Politics of Development Studies in the History of Colonialism and Imperialism Research Seminar Literature and Colonialism The Political Economy of Global Capitalism Cinema and Colonialism Gender and Colonialism
Students take six courses spread over two semesters, (as well as an unexamined/assessed research seminar) and complete their degree with the writing of a 15,000-word dissertation. Courses are usually assessed through submission of written assignments.
NQAI Level 8 at H2.2 in relevant subject area (history, literature, sociology, politics, cultural studies or economics), GPA 3.0 or equivalent international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable. An interview may form part of the selection process.
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