EDUC20070 Travellers, Ethnicity & Rights

Academic Year 2022/2023

Irish Travellers are a small indigenous ethnic minority. Despite their long history of nomadism and their unique cultural traditions, there has been limited recognition of their uniqueness in political and social terms. They have been identified in numerous studies as the ethnic group that experiences the most intense discrimination in Ireland. Using a critical theoretical and transformative lens, the aim of this course is: a) to analyse the uniqueness of Travellers’ ethnicity and culture; b) to examine the injustices and discriminations that they experience across different social institutions, and c) to explore how their rights could be enhanced and protected in areas such as education, housing, health care, employment and the legal system. The course will also examine why nomadic people, including Roma and Travellers, are subjected to prolonged intense racism across Europe in the context of contemporary theoretical debates on racism and nomadism. The course has been designed in collaboration with a number of Traveller organisations (including Roma people). The focus is not only on analysing injustices but on researching transformatively how best to address injustices experienced by nomadic peoples.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module the students should have developed;
1. A theoretically-informed advanced understanding of Travellers as an ethnic minority
2. A deep scholarly understanding of Nomadism and its social justice implications in advanced capitalist societies
3. An in-depth knowledge of the complex discriminations and injustices experienced by Travellers in Ireland in particular, but also in Europe
4. An advanced scholarly framework as to how to work transformatively to overcome the injustices experienced by Travellers and Roma across major social and political institutions
5. The skills to write a research-based paper that is both analytically and transformatively sophisticated.

Indicative Module Content:

Key topics to be explored in this module include:

Understanding equality and equity as they relate to Irish Travellers
Unpacking Prejudice - A Brief Overview of Irish Travellers
History of the Travelling Community and Nomadism
History of Traveller Language and Economy
Media Representations of Irish Travellers
Traveller Culture, Traditions and the Arts
Traveller Health and Wellbeing
Traveller Experience in Education - Early Childhood Education and Primary Schooling
Traveller Experience in Education - Post-Primary and Tertiary Level
Traveller Experience of Employment
Theorising Ethnicity and Traveller Ethnicity

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Blended Delivery to include online and face to face lectures 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Journal: Weekly Reflections to be submitted after week 6 of the module (40%); Week 6 n/a Graded No


Essay: End of module essay exploring topic of interest from the lectures in more depth and personal reflection of learning from the module (60%) Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 Tues 16:00 - 17:50
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 16:00 - 17:50