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Race Migration & Decolonial Studies

Why is the Black Lives Matter movement so necessary and, for many, so threatening? How can Europeans disavow migrants from their own former colonies who seek refuge on their shores? What is intersectional activism? What is necessary to cultivate veritable solidarity across differences? How can we imagine, think and act beyond the constraints of the western, state-centred status quo?

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.

Entry requirements

Who Should Apply?

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No


1 year full time
MSocSc Race, Migration & Decolonial Studies FT (W385)

2 years part time
MSocSc Race, Migration & Decolonial Studies PT (W387)

Careers or further progression

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

The 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.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Caroline Sheehan
Contact Number: +353 (0)1716 8674

Subjects taught

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.

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 2017/2018 may be subject to change.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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

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