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Harry Hartford Capstone Project Award Event

Oct 07, 2021

The School of Social Sciences and Philosophy was delighted to host the inaugural Harry Hartford Capstone Project Awards virtually on Wednesday 6 October. The Awards were presented  to the four best Capstone Projects in the disciplines of Economics, Political Science, Sociology and Philosophy. The awards have been made possible due to the vision and generosity of Harry Hartford, Economic and Social Studies Alum 1982 and long time supporter of the School.  

The event was hosted by Michelle D’Arcy, Director of Teaching and Learning (Undergraduate) and was attended by the award winners and their supervisors, Harry Hartford, the Head of the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy and other representatives from within the School.  

In selecting winners of the Capstone Project awards, special consideration was given to final year projects in the field of public policy, emphasizing evidence-based research in the public domain. In addition to other criteria including, evidence of independent research, evidence of the production of a significant piece of original work and evidence of an integrative exercise that allowed students to showcase their skills and knowledge.  

This year's winners each presented on their projects. 
For Political Science, S usanna Mollen presented on: Female Leaders and the Perpetration of Wartime Sexual Violence 
In Economics, Aoife Cleary Ward presented on: A global analysis of commodity price shocks and CO2 emissions 
The Philosophy winner, Andrew Hussey presented on Free Will – Beyond Reasonable Doubt? Praise, Blame, and Punishment in a World Without Free Will. 
The winner in the Department of Sociology Declan Murphy presented on: Negotiating Friendship: An Ethnographic Study of a Catholic Student Association 

Harry offered his congratulations to the students and spoke about his support for these awards and the Capstone project, he said “the project creates a bridge between your studies in university and what you are going to do when you graduate, get into the big wide world, and pursue a career..”.  

Harry also spoke about the value of the Trinity Graduate Attributes, specifically the ability to think critically, to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the subject matter, ability to communicate and connect with people and the ability to adapt to a changing world. He said these projects “provide students with an opportunity to gain some of the key attributes which will stand you in good sted when you do embark on a career...” 

Michelle D’Arcy said the presentations “showed the full spectrum of what we do in the School, in all of our disciplines which are so rich and diverse”.  She joined with the Head of School Professor Carol Newman thanking the students, their supervisors and Harry for their contributions.  

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