National University of Ireland Galway School of Humanities

Introduction

The School of Humanities encourages interest and research in many multi-disciplinary areas with programmes ranging from Culture and Colonialism to Irish Studies, English, History, Philosophy or Old Irish to Film and Digital Media. The skills of critical analysis, problem solving and other transferable skills are attained through our innovative teaching programmes. Thus graduates are equipped to become responsible citizens and valued members of society.

About the University

With over 17,000 students and more than 2,400 staff, NUI Galway has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence.

Our Reputation

NUI Galway has earned national and international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top-quality teaching.‌

Our Campus

‌Our campus has been transformed over the past decade through our €400 million capital programme. With over 90 buildings on 105 hectares of land, the University is right in the heart of Galway city.

How We're Unique

From our position on the very edge of Europe, we reach out to the world, and we have the most diverse student body in Ireland. Irish language and culture, as well as volunteering and community outreach play a strong role in the student experience here.

The Irish Language

The language has a unique position in the University, predominantly due to its proximity to the Connemara Gaeltacht - the largest Irish-speaking region in Ireland.

Our History

From Queen's College to National University of Ireland, the University's past is intertwined with the history of Galway and Ireland.‌‌‌

Undergraduates

In addition to traditional subjects such as English, History and Philosophy, students in the Humanities are also offered scope to develop areas of interest such as Irish Studies, Journalism, Creative Writing, Film or Drama and Theatre Studies. Our range of undergraduate programmes combine traditional Arts Subjects with these specialisms thus providing an extra element to the student qualification.

Postgraduates

Our School has a vibrant student research community with over 120 PhD students. Students are matched with a supervisor in their area of interest and have access to great archive resources and a broad research community. Many interactive conferences, collaborations and initiatives take place each semester fostering a dynamic community of researchers.

In addition, Humanities has twenty-one different taught MA programmes offering many a bridge to PhD research or, particularly for more professionally focussed programmes, increased employability. Many of our MA programmes are offered on either a full-time or a part-time basis.

International Students

Our English, History and Philosophy courses are popular with international students with a few hundred each year taking classes. Our small group classes allow for exchange of ideas and sharing of different cultures. Most of our taught MA programmes have a cohort of international students which creates an interesting dynamic and mix of perspectives in class groups.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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MA in Culture and Colonialism

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 Ireland Galway + 1 more

The MA in Culture and Colonialism explores literature, politics and culture from Ireland to India, and from Africa to the Middle East. It is a multi-disciplinary taught Master of Arts programme, aimed at graduates from the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Students analyze imperial ascendancy, race and racial theories, nationalist movements, postcolonial experiences, the rise of neo-colonial thought, multiculturalism and interculturalism, and the implications of globalization and development for the modern world. [+]

The MA in Culture and Colonialism explores literature, politics and culture from Ireland to India, and from Africa to the Middle East. It is a multi-disciplinary taught Master of Arts programme, aimed at graduates from the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Students analyze imperial ascendancy, race and racial theories, nationalist movements, postcolonial experiences, the rise of neo-colonial thought, multiculturalism and interculturalism, and the implications of globalisation and development for the modern world. This MA allows students to combine the specialization of postgraduate research with the adaptable skills training of a multi-disciplinary approach. Students benefit from the legacy of an MA programme established in 1994; the programme has continuously re-invented itself in changing ideological climates while maintaining its primary goal: to offer a critical education in the cultural discourses of power. Why Choose This Course? Career Opportunities MA in Culture and Colonialism graduates have gone on to careers in development work, NGOs, law, university lecturing, publishing, media, journalism, community work, teaching (primary and secondary), film-making, advertising, and the civil service. The programme has a particularly strong record in research training: a high proportion of its students have proceeded to doctoral programmes in Ireland, Britain and North America, with many of them winning prestigious funding awards. Course Outline Our teaching staff has been drawn over the years from the disciplines of English, History, Political Science and Sociology, Economics, Irish Studies, Film Studies, Spanish, French, Archaeology, German, Italian, and Classics, and is supplemented by Irish and international guest lecturers. Modules/coursework on offer may include: Literature and Colonialism Cinema and Colonialism Studies in the History of Colonialism and Imperialism Decolonization and Neo-Colonialism: The Politics of ‘Development’ Colonialism and Cultural Theory Approaches to Culture and Colonialism Travel Literature Political Economy, Colonialism and Globalization (How To Argue with an Economist) Assessment Most taught modules consist of 11-12 two-hour small-group seminars; they are usually assessed primarily through the submission of written assignments. The dissertation topic is determined in consultation with the programme staff, with submission in mid-August of the academic year. [-]