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Information for Sophister Students:

In the Sophister years, students take one compulsory module in 'The Book' and choose from a very wide range of option modules (see the link below). These option modules, which are open to both Junior Sophister and Senior Sophister students, are taught by individual members of staff in their own areas of expertise, in intensive seminars meeting for two hours a week. Students take a combination of year-long and term-long modules. In principle all modules are open to TSM and SH students, though lack of some of the necessary linguistic background may make it very difficult for TSM students to take some of the language-based options.

Because the number in each of these modules has to be limited, a system for the choice of options has been devised in consultation with student representatives. Module choices are made by completing an Option Form (see links below). As the rules for the choice of modules is different for JSTSM, JSSH, SSSH and SSTSM students must be very careful to fill out the correct form. The link below gives you the full list of modules available in 2015-16.

 

Sophister Course Structure
Junior Sophister Single Honour (SH)
Junior Sophister Two Subject Moderatorship (TSM)
Compulsory Module (1) The Book
Compulsory Module (1) The Book
Optional Choice Modules (4) - Students must choose 1 year-long module and 3 one-term modules, 1 from each term and one other.
Optional Choice Modules (2) - Students must choose 2 one-term modules, 1 from each term.
Senior Sophister Single Houour (SH)
Senior Sophister Two Subject Moderatorship (TSM) Majoring in English
Optional Choice Modules - Students must choose (4) options, 2 year-long modules and 2 one-term modules, 1 from each term.
Optional Choice Modules - Students must choose (4) options, 2 year-long modules and 2 one-term modules, 1 from each term.

 

  • Assessment and Dates 2015-16

  • Dissertation Handbook 2015-16

  • Handbook 2015-16

  • Module Descriptions 2015-2016

  • Prizes you may wish to apply for

    Edward Millington Stephens Prize
    This prize was founded in 1972 by a bequest from Mrs L. M. Stephens. The prize will be awarded annually for an essay on some aspect of the Anglo-Irish literary movement. Value, €166
    Topic for 2016: Commemoration
    Submission Date:
    18th January 2016
    Submit to: Sophister Executive Officer

    Anne O’Cathasaigh Prize
    This prize was founded in 2003 in memory of Anne O’Cathasaigh and is awarded annually for an essay (c. 5,000 words) on W.B. Yeats. Value, €400.
    Topic for 2016: Yeats and the 1916 Rising
    Submission Date: 18th January 2016
    Submit to: Sophister Executive Officer

    Sheridan Prize
    This prize was founded by a gift from an anonymous donor in 1961. It is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Professor of English Literature for an essay on some aspect of the English language after 1400, by a student below M.A. standing. The Professor of English Literature will announce the topics for the following year before the end of Trinity term. Essays should reach the Senior Lecturer by 31 January. Value, about €200.
    Topic for 2016: Regret
    Submission Date: 18th January 2016
    Submit to: Sophister Executive Officer

Vice-Chancellor's Prizes in English
These prizes are awarded annually for the best compositions on proposed topics in prose or verse in English, Greek, Irish and Latin. They are open to all students on the College books under M.A. standing, but a student cannot obtain a prize oftener than twice in succession, or more than three times in all. The examiners are the Professor of English Literature, the Regius Professor of Greek, the Professor of Irish and the Professor of Latin.

The topics for compositions are announced before 1 June. Compositions, with fictitious signatures and accompanied by sealed envelopes containing the names of the essayists and of their tutors, must be sent to the Senior Lecturer before 1 December, the prizes being declared on 15 January following.

No prize is given of more than €80; prizes of less amount and more than one in each kind of composition, may be awarded on the recommendation of the examiners.

Topics for the prizes to be awarded in January 2016
English prose: Vivacity
English verse: Stasis

 


Last updated 30 November 2015 School of English (Email).