The theme of 'identities and representations' unifies UCC's MA in Irish Studies. The course investigates how Ireland's complex past speaks to its present and to possible futures. The course uses an unparalleled range of disciplinary perspectives within a framework of relevant theories and methodologies. The result is a distinctive and compelling intellectual experience.
In this course:
core modules explore over a thousand years of Irish history and culture
carefully selected case studies will deepen your knowledge of Irish studies and develop your research interests
study tours to spectacular sites and landscapes are a central part of the learning experience
you will investigate the possible futures of Ireland and its diaspora in an increasingly interconnected, interdependent, and globalised world
contributing disciplines include English, history, Irish, sociology, music, geography, archaeology, folklore, government, politics and art history
Unique Aspects of the Course.
Our definition of Irish studies is broad and inclusive. In addition to world-class tuition on modern Irish literature and history, you will approach Irish studies from a range of other perspectives. You learn how Ireland, an island at Europe's far western edge, played a crucial role in the formation of Western civilisation, and how continuing emigration in the modern era has ensured that Irish cultures and identities are a dynamic global phenomenon. The theme of identities and representations which runs through the course is a vital one, not just in Irish studies but in the humanities and social sciences generally.