The MA in Irish Studies at Dublin City University is an exciting online programme which facilitates students in exploring Irish culture. The students on this programme together and with the leading experts at one of Irelands leading universities will study Irish history and culture. They’ll do so by exploring the stories Irish people tell, looking at the spaces they construct, the landscape they inhabit, the games they play, the music they play, the religions they practice and the journeys they make. We want to challenge students about their own conceptions, or pre-conceptions of what it means to be Irish particularly if they are Irish, or indeed, if they are of Irish descent Dublin City Universitys MA in Irish studies takes a novel thematic approach to consider what it means to be Irish in the 21st century. The programme brings together leading academics, experts in their fields who are at the forefront of their research areas Emigration has been a constant in the modern Irish experience and one of the consequences of that is that, Irishness is not confined to the island of Ireland. So as we explore Irishness during this MA we’ll be asking how people abroad who are of Irish origins think about their Irishness, Depending on the destination they travel to or the generation they are from. Students are going to engage with a wide variety of areas such as politics, gender, race, migration, language, sport and they’re going to look at these issues and see how they develop the concept of what it means to be Irish. And just at this moment Ireland is going through a a period we are calling The Decade of Centenaries When Irish people are reflecting upon the origins of the Irish state, a hundred years ago asking what that means for us today This is a really exciting time to explore Irish studies because Ireland is in a period of flux and change Ireland is in the immediate aftermath of an economic crash and an IMF EU bailout mass immigration has resumed changing the Irish diaspora and Ireland but this is also a time during which Ireland has become an immigrant society I think students would like to take this course particularly if they want to gain a greater understanding of the evolution, construction and deconstruction of Irish Identities in the 21st century. The academics on this MA are passionate about Irish culture, and about teaching it and we’d love our students to experience that. Students will have an opportunity to enhance their engagement with Ireland through an optional study visit this will include participation in cultural events and seminars.