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Department of Sociology

Sociology was first taught in Trinity College in 1968. The Department has a strong research record in the area of migration, ethnicity and conflict and is the only Sociology Department in Ireland to feature in the Top 40 in Europe. The Department is also highly committed to delivering high-quality teaching and providing an international student experience.

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  • Students Excel in Irish Times Debating Competition
    Congratulations to Rónán O’Connor (TSM Economics and Sociology) of Trinity’s Philosophical Society who was part of the winning team at the Annual Irish Times debating competition and to William Dunne (PPES) of the Trinity Historical society who was a runner up in the competition. Now in its 55th year, the Irish Times debating championship was established to promote excellence in oratory and debating.
  • Professor Richard Layte Delivers Inaugural Lecture
    Professor Richard Layte, Professor of Sociology, delivered his inaugural lecture entitled ‘Can We Balance Social Equality with Economic Growth? Lessons from the Life Course Model of Human Development’ on Wednesday 11 February. The lecture was followed by a panel discussion by Professor John O’Hagan (Economics) Professor Paul O’Grady (Philosophy) and Professor Anne Wren (Political Science). The event was chaired by Pro-Dean Professor Eoin O’Sullivan.
  • Workshop on ‘Quantitative Data in Irish Migration Research’
    On 12 February 2015, the IRC funded New Irish Families project (Principal Investigator: Antje Röder) hosted a workshop on ‘Quantitative Data in Irish Migration Research’ attended by several speakers and over 30 attendees. Panels focused on opportunities as well as challenges encountered in using existing data sources and new approaches for collecting survey data, as well as discussing ways forward in Irish migration research.

In The Spotlight

Michael HechterTCD/UCD Public Lecture by Professor Michael Hechter

Professor Michael Hechter, Arizona State University, will deliver a keynote on Legitimating Alien Rule in the joint TCD/UCD Sociology lecture series. The event takes place on Tuesday 12th March 2015, 7pm in the JM Synge Theatre, Arts Building. Please register here.

MPhilApplications for MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict Now Open

The Department of Sociology welcomes applications for its one-year full-time MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict. This unique programme, founded in 1997, combines a focus on race-critical theory, population movement, conflict and resistance. For further information including course structure and fees please click here. The application deadline is 30 June 2015.

Last updated 17 February 2015