Race Migration & Decolonial Studies

Well over 100 years ago W.E.B. DuBois warned that the colour-line would constitute the defining issue of the 20th century. The 21st is already noteworthy for the deepening impunity of state and everyday violence towards 'minorities' of all persuasions. It is also increasingly characterised by large scale political surges to the extreme right, which have been empowered by mass incitement to hatred through the vilification of migrants. Why and how has 'race' played so central a role in these conditions and the extraordinary acts of resistance engaged to transform them? Why does a chronic lack of public knowledge concerning the social, political and economic histories fostering them continue to undermine effective collective action and positive change?

This unique programme examines the global historical legacies and entanglements of colonialism, imperialism and neoliberalism as they underpin these and other contemporary injustices exacted upon the vulnerable, the precarious, the stigmatised. In the tradition of black feminist, critical race and decolonial perspectives, the theories and practices of scholars, cultural workers and activists of colour and other 'others' constitute central components of its pedagogy.

For further details see: https://www.racemigrationdecolonialstudies.com/

Course Description
Students will build on core modules in critical race and decolonial scholarship, global migration and creative art/research practices, with optional modules available from across a range of disciplines, literatures and societal issues. The minor dissertation project is an opportunity for students to further develop conceptual frameworks, methodologies and forms of knowledge mobilisation for use in their chosen fields and sectors – whether academic, activist, art, practitioner and/or policy focused.

Subjects taught

Core Modules include:
Critical Race & Decolonial Paradigms
Global Migration
Art, Knowledge & Social Change

Optional Modules include:
Geographies of the Global South
Postcolonial Geographies
Queer Frictions
Theory of Sexuality & Gender
Ethnicity & Nationalism
Everyday Nationalism
Social Research
Economic Globalisation
Qualitative Research
Organised Violence & Society
Global Justice & Development
Racism & Anti-Racism
Human Rights Law & Equality
Immigration & Asylum Law
Travellers Rights & Nomadism
Gender, War & Violence

The options for 2019/2020 may be subject to change. Internships available on a limited basis to qualified students.

Stage 1 - Core
Workshop in Qualitative Research SOC40330
Crit Race & Decolonial Theory SOC40930

Stage 1 - Option
Gender and Sexuality in Theory and Representation ENG40940
Queer Frictions: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Literature & Culture ENG41860
Human Rights Law and Equality EQUL40070
Feminist Media Studies FS30250
Critical Geographies: Spatialising Power and Inequalities GEOG40970
Culture and Sexualities GS40080
Introduction to Public History: Practicing Public History HIS42310
A Global History of Refugees HIS42620
Policing & Social Conflict SOC40080
Health, Illness and Society SOC40310
Workshop in Qualitative Research SOC40330
Nationalism and Social Change SOC40620
Population and Society SOC40690
Organised Violence and Society SOC40720
Independent Project SOC40970
Sciences, Technologies & Societies SOC41030
Religion in Compar Perspective SOC41060

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a primary degree in sociology or social science, or a closely related discipline.

A Second Class Honours Grade One (2:1) or higher is required but Second Class Honours Grade Two (2:2) standard or equivalent may be considered. Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements but can confirm professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered. Applicants may be called for an interview.

All candidates are expected to be proficient in written and spoken English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of a certificate of proficiency (such as TOEFL, Cambridge or IELTS). Test results must be less than two years old.

Supporting documentation must be submitted by all students. Applications will not be considered unless all documents are submitted immediately and received by UCD before the closing date. Documents must be uploaded to the Online Applications system.

Application dates

How to Apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Grad Dip Race, Migration & Decolonial Studies FT (W432)
1 Years
Full Time

Grad Dip Race, Migration & Decolonial Studies PT (W433)
2 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
There are exciting opportunities for students in a wide and dynamic range of professions including careers in: Media and Public Relations? Policy Analysis and Service Provision? Social, Community and Youth Development? Politics and Civil Society? and in Cultural and Creative Industries.

Past Graduates have taken the following career and development destinations:
University Lecturers, Ireland & internationally
NGOs, IGOs and QUANGOs, Ireland & internationally
Funded doctoral programmes across Europe
University international student support offices
Government, Public Service and Civicorganisations, nationally & Internationally
Independent Research and Private Consultative Companies

They have worked with Irish Organisations such as:
Irish Refugee Council
New Communities Partnership
Dublin City Council
Finglas Library
Royal College of Surgeons
Economic and Social Research Institute
Immigrant Council of Ireland

And International Organisations which include:
UN Secretary General Offices
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions & Human Rights
International Organisation for Migration
Hague Institute for Global Justice
Save the Children International & UNICEF
Red Cross
International Potato Centre

A large number of our Graduates continue through to PhD level. Some professions require further training, qualifications or certification.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time

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