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"If you’re not being intersectional, if you’re not an intersectional feminist, I’m not organising with you….So moving forward, it’s about who talks about me or who speaks for me or who invokes my name when I’m not in the room. So when I’m sitting at a table, you better believe I’m talking about black women and undocumented women; you better believe I’m talking about reproductive rights. And when  I’m not in the room, I  want  you to invoke my name and say “We’re going to stand with our Muslim sisters and brothers, we’re not going to let nothing happen them”…So we could say “Black lives matter!”, we can say “My body my choice!”, you can say “Voting Rights Act!”, you can say “Rights for domestic workers!”, you can say “Here to stay!” with our undocumented sisters and brothers, all in one breath. That’s how we’re going to move forward from here..."

Linda Sarsour (pictured), Where We Go From Here: Women’s Town Hall & Reception,

Women’s March on Washington, 21 January 2017, National Press Club

In  her speech, Linda Sarsour offers both an invitation and a challenge to all who work - and seek to work - for social justice and equality.  Intersectionality is a way of thinking, analysing and working collectively across the complexities and differences of our lives, experiences, identities - and our politics. But it is one thing to be committed to such work - to such solidarity - and another, as movement histories have shown, to be able to do it productively and respectfully. What does it take to be able to 'speak for' and 'invoke the name' of all those who may not be in the room, at the table, on the agenda, or reflected in the practice, programme or institution?

We have designed the programme of study for the Masters and Graduate Diploma in Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies to provide students with the skills of critical social analysis, imaginary and engagement necessary to respond to Sarsour's call. The interdisciplinary range of courses offered centre on developing both conceptual and practical knowledges fundamental to understanding the global histories and site-specific contexts of struggles that are as inextricably linked as our shared fates and futures. 

Core Courses

  • Critical Race & Decolonial Theories

  • Qualitative Research

  • Research Dissertation

*Graduate Diploma involves 60 credits (6 modules) with no research dissertation

**The Qualitative Research module is recommended for students conducting field research for their dissertations

Optional Courses (choose 5)

  • Queer Frictions

  • Critical Geographies

  • Theory of Sexuality & Gender

  • Nationalism & Social Change

  • Culture & Sexualities

  • Organised Violence & Society

  • Policing & Social Control

  • Human Rights Law & Equality

  • Feminist Media Studies

  • A Global History of Refugees Since 1945

  • Independent Project

  • Sociological Thinking in the Digital Age

MA Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies

School of Sociology University College Dublin

*Internships are available on a limited basis, depending on student qualifications

**Modules subject to change  

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