Explore our Open Module Offerings

Read an overview of each open module via our brochure which details information including learning outcomes and reading lists.

Open Modules are modules that are taught as part of or by other programmes but are complementary and related to your own programme of study. Open Modules will provide you with a wealth of opportunities to enrich the study of your core curriculum and to develop the Trinity Graduate Attributes.


What are ‘Graduate Attributes’ and how do they relate to assessment?

Trinity College Dublin has identified specific Graduate Attributes that students are expected to demonstrate upon graduation.  They are important because they will:

  • Enhance your learning.  Working on them will help you become a better and more successful student
  • Help to prepare you for your future and lifelong learning given the changing nature of society
  • Enhance your employability as they are highly desired skills by employers.

During your time as an undergraduate in Trinity you will have the opportunity through your coursework and assessments as well as co-curricular and extra-curricular activities to develop and improve these attributes.

Study the world’s religions

Approach the study of a number of the world's religions with an academic eye. Using cultural studies and comparative techniques, you will explore theories of religion, material culture of religions, and interreligious encounters. You will study Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, and Christian sources, and examine the place of religion in the world today.

Explore biblical studies and religions in antiquity

Study the origins of Judaism and Christianity, and learn about history, ancient literature, and languages. Discover the diverse cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world. Use archaeology and ancient texts as windows to the religious pasts that continue to shape the civilisations of our world.

Discover theologies for today’s world

Theology explores the key questions from different eras about God’s existence and agency. It relates the significance of Jesus Christ in Christianity to questions of human freedom and meaning, history and cultural expression. In a pluralistic and non-denominational context, theology asks what role faith plays in the public realm and in debates on justice, science, ecology, and inter-religious dialogue. It allows you to engage a wide range of subjects simultaneously, including philosophy, ethics, anthropology, history and the study of the Bible.

Debate the big ethical and political issues of the day

Questions of ethics and politics are major concerns for our time. How have different religious and humanist traditions understand what it means to be an ethical or moral human being through history and in our time? What does it mean to think ethically about unprecedented problems like artificial intelligence or climate change? What do religious traditions say about sex and gender, politics, war and peace, the common good and human dignity?