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Alphabetical list of all subjects within TSM



Among the many issues addressed on this programme are the emergence and character of urban societies, military and social history, ancient technology and the role of religion in society. Areas studied in particular detail include the Aegean Bronze Age, Roman Britain, and Hellenistic and Roman Egypt. You will be encouraged to take part in an archaeological excavation during the course.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM Ancient History and Archaeology


Theology is a fascinating and vital subject that challenges those who study it to think critically about God, human existence, the world we live in and the role of religion in our lives. Students will be provided with the skills and ethical understanding to participate in current debates about the place of the Christian intellectual tradition in a globalised world.

Follow this link for entry requirements and further information on TSM Catholic Theological Studies



Classical civilisation provides a comprehensive approach to Greek and Roman civilisation. Lectures and tuition are given on Greek and Latin literature, Greek philosophy, Greek and Roman history and society, art and architecture, religion and mythology. Topics studied include ancient drama, epic and lyric poetry, philosophy, and cultural issues such as the place of women and the role of literature in ancient society. All authors are studied in translation, but you will have an opportunity to take either Latin or Greek as an optional extra in the Junior Sophister (third) year, and as a special subject in your final year. All authors are placed within the social, religious and political context of their times.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM Classical Civilisation



The two-subject moderatorship course explores theatre and drama mainly from a theoretical and historical perspective. It combines library-based courses with training in critical and analytical skills. While it follows a similar format to its single honor equivalent - drama and theatre studies (TR025) - the amount of practical content is more limited. TSM students will have approximately 7 hours per week of classes plus rehearsals. The aim of these courses is to enable you to explore the relationship between the theory and the practice of theatre, to discover how and why theatre works. It does this by uniting elements of literary, cultural, historical and sociological studies with a practical understanding of the various performing arts.

For entry requirements and further information please seeTSM Drama Studies



Early Irish considers all aspects of this subject up to the 12th century. While the course itself is taught through the medium of English, you will have the opportunity to learn the old Irish language (8th-9th centuries) ab initio (from beginner level). If you decide to specialise in early Irish in your fourth year, a course in modern and medieval Welsh language and literature is provided. During the course your study of the language will extend forward to the middle Irish period (10th-12th centuries) and backward to the primitive Irish of Ogham inscriptions. It will also examine the Celtic and Indo-European relationships of the Irish language. Old and Middle Irish prose and verse texts will be read and discussed and lectures will be given on palaeography (the study of manuscripts) and on aspects of early Irish political and social history.

For entry requirements and further information please seeTSM Early Irish



When taught through the two-subject moderatorship programme, economics teaching in the Freshman (first two) years emphasises the understanding of the basic principles of economics and the acquisition of the quantitative skills in mathematics and statistics necessary for more in-depth study. In the Sophister (third and fourth) years, there are only a few compulsory courses and so students are able to construct their own programme from a wide range of theory, applied and finance options.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM Economics
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English literature covers a broad range of literatures written in the English language, from Chaucer to the present day. The aim of the course is to help you acquire a thorough knowledge of the history of differing literatures while also enabling you to develop a sophisticated critical consciousness and an awareness of critical and cultural theory.
While TSM students cover all the principal areas of literatures in English, the workload is less intense than that of the single honor programme.
Throughout your four years, the subjects you study will balance compulsory with optional courses, with the latter coming into play for the most part in the Sophister (third and fourth) years.
The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. There is particular emphasis on small-group teaching, enabling you to benefit from close personal staff supervision. Independent study and research are encouraged, and quite a high proportion of your time will be taken up preparing work in the library and writing essays.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM English



Film studies covers the history and critical framework of film production and consumption from the 1890s to the present day. In the Freshman (first two) years, you will be introduced to film theory and criticism and to key aspects of American, European and world cinema. These courses will introduce you to the critical methodologies used in film analysis and to related work in historiography and cultural studies. A wide range of films will be screened each year.

For entry requirements and further information please seeTSM Film Studies

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French read in combination with another subject is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in French. The result is that you leave university with a high standard of fluency in the language, both written and spoken, and with a wide knowledge of major aspects of French literature, culture and society. The development of reading, analytical, and critical skills, in the form of both oral tasks and written exercises, also forms an integral part of this course. Language instruction - including computer-based elements - forms the backbone of the teaching programme in this course, and students are expected to progress beyond the basic skills of communication to a high level of competence in the four basic linguistic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. This will include nurturing an ability to cope with different registers and styles of written and spoken French and to reflect critically on the way the language is used and structured. History of the language or aspects of its contemporary form and use are examples of subject options that will present themselves to you over the course of the four years.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM French



Geography is one of the most relevant disciplines for understanding the nature of the world today and the process of change that impact humans and their environment. Geography at University level provides an interdisciplinary training based upon critical, graphical, statistical, field, laboratory, computing and literary skills, thus enabling geographers to see beyond the confines of more narrowly defined disciplines.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM Geography
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When studying German as one subject within a two-subject moderatorship you have the opportunity to acquire advanced competence and fluency in German language and to develop reading skills and methods of research, description and analysis in such areas as literature, history, culture and society of the German-speaking countries and the linguistics of German. In the later years of the course, you will be encouraged to develop specialist interests by choosing from a wide range of optional subjects in these areas, as well as in the Dutch and Swedish languages.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM German



Throughout the programme a wide variety of texts is studied, including epic, drama, lyric poetry, philosophy and historiography. The first year courses will depend on whether you are learning Greek as a beginner or have already studied the language. The main emphasis of both beginners' and nonbeginners' courses is on classical literature and thought as seen within its cultural context. To complement this, you will also study some history, art history and archaeology. This encourages a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to classical culture.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM Greek
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The purpose of the history programme is two-fold. It is designed to ensure that you acquire a systematic knowledge of European and Irish history, and also to introduce you to particular aspects of history along socio-political, cultural and economic lines. The Junior Freshman year is under the supervision of the Department of Medieval History, while the Department of Modern History takes over your course of studies thereafter.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM History


hartThis course teaches you how to analyse works of art and how to understand their historical significance. It will enable you to develop an awareness of the environment while also providing you with a deeper sensitivity to the culture and ideals of other nations. The department provides a broad range of courses covering the history of painting, sculpture and architecture from ancient Greece to modern times. It offers you opportunities to study topics such as early Irish art, the painters of the Italian Renaissance, the great gothic cathedrals of Europe, the architectural splendours of the Georgian era and the artistic achievements of the twentieth century. There are also courses on non-Western art such as Japanese painting. Trinity offers excellent facilities for the study of history of art and architecture and, in fact, its own distinguished buildings and collections are integral to the course. The National Gallery and National Museum are located nearby and provide the venue for group and teaching activities. Thorough use is also made of other institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Chester Beatty Library. As a student, you will be expected to become closely conversant with various collections and buildings in Dublin.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM History of Art and Architecture or
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italianItaly has played a leading role in European civilisation, and today is one of the major economies of the world, famous for its style, design and innovation in many fields. Although Italian can be hard to find in the Irish school curriculum, there is widespread interest in Italy, its people and culture. The courses at Trinity offer an opportunity to develop this interest in a systematic way. They are also designed to help you meet the challenge of becoming proficient in a new language, as you can study Italian here as a complete beginner.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM Italian

Jewish and Islamic Civilisations


Starting with the how the world of the Bible and the Ancient Near East was the birthplace of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, this course charts the historical and philosophical development of Jewish and Muslim religious and cultural traditions. All periods of history are examined through texts as well as archaeological, artisitic and architectural evidence. Religious literature is studied alongside philosophical and scientific treatises, poetry, biography, novels, historical writings, decrees and charters, art, and film.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM Jewish and Islamic Civilisation

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All classical texts are read in their original language. The texts studied cover a wide range of genres, including epic, drama, lyric poetry, philosophy and historiography. The main emphasis of both beginners' and non-beginners' courses is on classical literature and thought viewed within its cultural context. To complement this, some history, art history and archaeology is also studied. This encourages a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to classical culture.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM Latin

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mathsThis option would be particularly suited to those who are equally adept at mathematics and, say, French, but prefer the variety of two subjects to the more intensive study of one. With subjects such as economics, philosophy and geography many students take mathematic because it contributes to their understanding of the other subject.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM Mathematics


irishModern Irish can be studied either in combination with one other subject as part of a two-subject moderatorship (TSM) programme or in the single honor Early and Modern Irish programme. When studied in combination with another subject, both are studied for three years and one subject only is studied in the fourth year. As a student of modern Irish, you will study Irish and Scottish Gaelic language, literature and culture from the end of the 12th century to modern times. A wide range of texts and authors will be examined and you will be introduced to the elements of linguistic and literary analysis. The course provides an introduction to the critical study of 20th century prose and poetry and to the study of classical modern Irish literature. The social history of the modern Irish language is also analysed. The course, for the most part, is conducted through Irish. There are classes in the written language during each of the four years of the programme and language laboratory sessions are provided for students in the first two years. In addition, tutorials aim to improve your command of the language, both spoken and written.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM Modern Irish
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musicThis course provides a firm foundation in basic musical skills and, from the Senior Freshman (second) year, allows you to choose freely from a wide range of options within your main specialisation. These specialisations will be in the fields of composition, musicology, music technology and performance.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM Music


philThe course moves from a general introductory year through to in-depth specialisations in the final year. Students follow set courses in the Freshman (first two) years but there is a greater degree of choice and specialisation thereafter. Although classes in the first two years tend to be quite large, there are regular tutorials which allow for more informal contact in a small group setting. In the Senior Sophister (fourth) year, staff and visiting scholars teach their current research projects in small group seminars. You will be required to write a thesis.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM Philosophy



The course is designed to develop a wide knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories and research methods of contemporary psychology; to develop skills of analysis and synthesis, research design, statistical description and evaluation, problem-solving and computer use; to provide practice in the design, execution, reporting and assessment of research and to develop competence in group work, communication and presentation skills and self-assessment. This preparation is designed to cultivate a high level of competence in scholarship and research, enabling the successful graduate to proceed directly to advanced postgraduate work, professional training or a productive career.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM Psychology
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russianNearly all students start Russian from scratch with an intensive first year language course although special provisions can be made for students with prior knowledge of the language. In addition to language study, you will take courses on aspects of Russian literature, Russian history and Russian culture, society and politics. In later years, you will also have the option to study Slavonic linguistics and the Polish language.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM Russian
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sociologyThe sociology course at Trinity has several important features.
First there is a commitment to provide students with the necessary analytical capacities and practical skills to both understand the social world and find rewarding employment within it. The Junior Freshman (first) year courses introduce students to key ideas and theories in sociology. Second year deepens understanding of how sociologists analyse social issues, while introducing students to a wide range of research skills from social surveys to interviews. Further emphasis on advanced analysis, research and presentation skills is provided in the Sophister (third and fourth) years culminating in the opportunity for students to write a research dissertation on a subject of their choice.
Second the sociology course has a focus on Ireland, Europe and the world beyond. Many courses examine elements of European society, compare developments in Ireland with those elsewhere in Europe, or assess the process of globalisation and its impact in Ireland and elsewhere. The world beyond Europe and North America is also dealt with. Third the teaching programme draws on the wide-ranging research interests of staff members. These include the growth of environmentalism as a social and political movement, the different ways in which women and men are shaped by and contribute to phenomena such as pop music and TV 'soaps', the different routes to top management in different European countries, transformations in the contemporary family, the small scale interactions of everyday working life, as well as ethnic and national identities in Ireland, North and South. Overall this range of courses gives students a firm basis of analytical and social research skills of use in later study or working life. Studying sociology within two-subject moderatorship (TR001) allows you to combine sociology with one from a range of other subjects. The two subjects are taught as separate disciplines, but TSM degrees allow students the opportunity to study human society from a range of different perspectives including geography, history, English, languages or the performing arts, as well as sociology as a social science.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM Sociology
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spanishSpanish is taught at Trinity College by a variety of methods to equip you with a comprehensive range of skills in the accurate, fluent and sensitive understanding and use of the written and spoken language. If you are a beginner the teaching provided offers a realistic opportunity for you to reach the same standard within a year as those who have studied the language previously. The development of the skill of textual analysis through close and careful reading, together with the organization and expression of ideas in written and verbal form, are integral aims of the department.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM Spanish


wrtWhen studied as a single honor degree the course moves from a broad and general foundation in the first year towards in-depth specialisation in the final year. In the first year, for instance, you will take a range of introductory courses on Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Options are then introduced in your second and third years which allow for greater concentration in your preferred areas of interest. In your final year, a considerable part of your workload will consist of preparing a dissertation on a chosen topic. When studied as one subject of a two-subject moderatorship (the TSM option) biblical and theological studies moves, like its single honor counterpart, from a broad and general foundation in the first year, to a more detailed study of important issues and texts in your second, third and fourth years. The course provides a wide range of subject choices dealing with both ancient and modern periods in the Middle East, Ireland, Europe and America. In doing so, it also allows you to consider many aspects of life that have relevance within a contemporary cultural and political context.

For entry requirements and further information please see TSM World Religions and Theology

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