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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 2023-2024 are the following:


Programme modules     Programme modules    
Europe and its Identities: A Cultural History The Russian Avant-Garde
European Cinema and Identity Multilingualism, Translation and Identity in Literature
Forced Migration and Identity: Reconstructed and Reimagined Futures Food, Drink and European Cultural Identities
Placement: Living Identities
Approved modules  Approved modules 
Art, Gender, Identity (Gender Studies) Cultural Technical Systems (Digital Humanities)
Remembering, Reminding and Forgetting (Public History) Racism and Resistance (Race, Ethnicity and Conflict)
Empire, Colonialism and Globalisation in the Middle East and North Africa (The Middle East in a Global Context) (ONLINE ONLY) History and Politics in the Modern Middle East and North Africa (The Middle East in a Global Context) (ONLINE ONLY)
Experiments with Time (Modern and Contemporary Literary Studies) East and West (The Middle East in a Global Context) (ONLINE ONLY)
Caribbean Literature (Modern and Contemporary Literary Studies) Eavan Boland and Modern Irish Poetry (Irish Writing)
Joyce: Ulysses (Irish Writing)

This and Other Worlds: Children's Global Fantasy (Children's Literature)

Postmodernist Literature in East and Central Europe (Comparative Literature) The City and Children's Literature (Children's Literature)
Dantean Echoes (Comparative Literature) Hail Satan! The Devil in Literature and Culture (Comparative Literature)
  Choosing your Pasts: The Historian and the Archive (Public History)