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The optional modules 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, poetry through ecology, multilingualism through literature, religion through cinema, etc. Students on the Master's who are interested in experiencing how identity issues play out in civil society may also choose as one of their optional modules to do an internship at a partner institution, NGO, civil society organisation, or corporation.

There are two kinds of optional modules: programme modules and approved modules. Programme modules are modules developed specifically for the Identities & Cultures of Europe course. Approved modules are modules developed by other Master's programmes at Trinity and have been selected and approved by our course because of their relevance to the question of identity. Students on the Master's and Diploma take 4 optional modules in total, 2 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). Students on the Certificate take one optional (programme or approved) module, either in the first or the second semester.

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

The optional modules on offer in 2022-2023 are the following:


Programme modules     Programme modules    
Europe and its Identities: A Cultural History Food, Drink and European Cultural Identities
Cultures of Memory and Identity in Central Europe Multilingualism, Translation and Identity in Literature
Communism, Cinema and Memory in Eastern Europe Forced Migration and Identity: Reconstructed and Reimagined Futures
The Russian Avant-Garde Placement: Living Identities
Approved modules  Approved modules 
Gender Theories (Gender Studies) Cultural Technical Systems (Digital Humanities)
Art, Gender, Identity (Gender Studies) Racism and Resistance (Race, Ethnicity and Conflict)
Gender, War and Peace (International Peace Studies) Consuming History: Media, Markets and the Past (Public History)
Remembering, Reminding and Forgetting (Public History) History and Politics in the Modern Middle East and North Africa (The Middle East in a Global Context) (ONLINE ONLY)
History, Memory and Commemoration (Public History) East and West (The Middle East in a Global Context) (ONLINE ONLY)
Choosing your Pasts: The Historian and the Archive (Public History)

Samuel Beckett and Environmental Humanities (Irish Writing)

Empire, Colonialism and Globalisation in the Middle East and North Africa (The Middle East in a Global Context) (ONLINE ONLY) Eavan Boland and Modern Irish Poetry (Irish Writing)
Experiments with Time (Modern and Contemporary Literary Studies) This and Other Worlds: Children's Global Fantasy (Children's Literature)
Caribbean Literature (Modern and Contemporary Literary Studies) The City and Children's Literature (Children's Literature)
Joyce: Ulysses (Irish Writing) Cultures and Representations of the Mafia (Comparative Literature)
Postmodernist Literature in East and Central Europe (Comparative Literature) Hail Satan! The Devil in Literature and Culture (Comparative Literature)
Dantean Echoes (Comparative Literature)