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The options of the Masters in Identities and Cultures of Europe allow students to explore questions of identity in much more depth, while also building their degree around their areas of interest. For example, they may choose to investigate racism through sociology, nation-building through cultural history, warfare through gender studies, myth through philosophy, multilingualism through literature, or religion through cinema. In addition, if students are interested in experiencing how identity issues play out in civil society, they may also choose as one of their optional modules to do an internship at a partner institution, NGO, charity or other civil society organisation.

There are two kinds of optional modules: programme modules and approved modules. Programme modules are modules developed specifically for this Masters programme. Approved modules are modules developed by other Masters programmes at Trinity and have been selected and approved by our programme because of their relevance to the question of identity. Students take four optional modules in total, two per term. For each term, students choose one programme module and one other optional module (the other optional module can be another programme module or an approved module).

(Please note that optional modules may vary from year to year, depending on staff availability and timetabling constraints. There may be caps on student numbers in some modules, due to popularity or other restrictions.)

The optional modules on offer in 2020-2021 are the following:


Programme modules     Programme modules    
Europe and its Identities: A Cultural History Medieval and Renaissance Foundations of Europe
Cultures of Memory and Identity in Central Europe Food, Drink and European Cultural Identities
Multilingualism, Translation and Identity in Literature European Cinema and Identity
The Russian Avant-Garde EU-Russia Relations
  Placement: Living Identities
Approved modules  Approved modules 
Dantean Echoes (Comparative Literature) Monsters and Otherness Studies (Comparative Literature)
Gender Theories (Gender Studies) Postmodernist Literature in East and Central Europe (Comparative Literature)
Art, Gender, Identity (Gender Studies) Mapping Literary Dublin (Irish Writing)
Gender, War and Peace (International Peace Studies) Cultural Technical Systems (Digital Humanities)
Irish Poetry after Yeats (Irish Writing)  
Racism and Resistance (Race, Ethnicity and Conflict)