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SCSS academics helping to drive new Trinity Electives2019 March 27

Trinity launched 27 Trinity Electives on 27th March 2019 - an initiative led by Prof Declan O'Sullivan from the School of Computer Science and Statistics and Prof Aine Kelly from the Trinity Institute of Neurosciences.

Trinity Electives are stand-alone 5 ECTS module outside of an undergraduate student's core discipline that allow them engage with Trinity’s ground-breaking research, explore languages and cultures, or address key societal challenges.

Academics from the School of Computer Science and Statistics have been instrumental in driving a number of the key electives being offered or developed as part of the programme.

These include:

Prof Siobhan Clarke: Toolkit for a Smart and Sustainable World

Students taking this elective will learn:

  • about key societal challenges to the sustainable use of living and non-living components of the environment
  • will get an overview of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and how they can be achieved
  • will learn about innovative ways that humans use technology and nature-based solutions to address sustainability challenges now and into the future 

Dr Stephen Farrell: What does the Internet do for me?

Students taking this elective will learn:

  • Some of the basics as to how it all works
  • To make informed decisions about how you want to interact with the Internet and Internet services and the consequences of your decisions
  • How the structures and organisations involved in the Internet affect the services you use and their evolution
  • How to investigate technologies you can use to improve your level of control over how you interact with and on the Internet
  • How to communicate and collaborate effectively in ways that match your choices

Prof Vinny Wade and Prof Rachel Mc Donnell: Engaging in a Digital World

Students taking this elective will learn:

  • about key aspects – from website analysis, to game design and avatar interaction
  • to understand how to measure and analyse digital engagement via metrics and analysis
  • to understand that ethical and privacy issues can arise and students will learn to evaluate these and question themselves about choices

Prof Dave Lewis and Prof Declan O'Sullivan: The Ethics Lab: Responsible Action in the Real World

Students taking this elective will learn:

  • To understand the major ethical dilemmas and challenges of this age, and learn how these are debated and resolved (or not) in specialist and multidisciplinary environments
  • To develop the skills of ethical analysis and reflection, as these relate to your own field of study
  • To understand the different facets of ethical integrity as it is expressed in personal values and institutional cultures, and according to the different philosophical traditions of moral enquiry
  • To successfully negotiate complex and multi-dimensional ethical environments via a multidisciplinary investigation in the Ethics Lab

Further contribution from the School of Computer Science and Statistics to look out for in the academic year 2020/2021:

Prof Owen Conlan: Thinking Digitally and Culturally

 This elective in 2020/21 will be structured around three elements:

  • the nature of knowledge creation cultures and modes
  • the digital humanities as a methodological approach that combines disparate disciplines to the benefit (and sometimes frustration) of both
  • what the digital humanities and an enriched perspective can teach us about the world we live in 

Through engaging in these electives students will be provided with opportunities to develop and evidence achievement of a range of graduate attributes that support their academic growth. 

Trinity Electives






Trinity Graduate Attributes


Posted by Catherine O'Connor, Head of External Relations, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin

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