From Plato to Prodi



"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to walk from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't care where—" said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you walk," said the Cat.
"—so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "If only you walk long enough."
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland



What can be more important when informing about the participants and their work. On this page the links can be found to

"projects", their major theses written during the year in the framework of the social policy/social research course


reports based on the placements. These placements had been only brief and with the character of observation. However, the experience had been dense and most likely in settings that allowed some experience that is worthwhile to be reported


some other stuff - between Plato and Prodi, and showinmg that there are various lifes beyond College

In any case, the copyright is with the authors of the individual texts.

And in any case I have to ask for apologies if some errors occured while working on the html-markup - I transferred the word-documents in html-format - I tried my best, sorry if it was not good enough.



Frederic Chopin: Allegro de Concert, Op. 46


Cathy Byrne (some may know her as Catherine)

Democracy - do not touch, please

The report of a conference in Brussels

A Glimpse at the Cracks in our Fortress Europe

A Placement Report

Children - seen and not heard?

Claire Hogan

A Quaint French City

A placement report

Education for All 

Deirdre Rock

Foster parents - who needs to be cared for?

A placement report

The State, Minors and Mental Illness

Jane Atieno Nyando

No Way Out

Report of a placement that did not take place

Rethinking Citizenship in Contemporary European Union


Liam McCarthy

Probation & Welfare Service

A placement report

Street Drinking in Cork City


Lorraine Kelly

You never know until you go .... 

A placement report

Crazy People Wanted


Lorraine Kelly/Peter Herrmann

You never know until you go ...

A placement report


Michael Lynch

Somewhere in Europe - networking for all

A placement report

‘Re-locating Individualism’: The Samaritans as a social space

Peter Herrmann

Zaventerm - reminiscence of a journey

Going to Brussels airport the weekend after the announcment of the closure of the Belgium airline Sabena - and other impressions


Opinion - A brief article on the incidences around a placement 


Spring, full of terrific hopes

This essay is not a full project - and to some extent it has more of the character of a novell rather than having the character of  a thesis. The idea was to link the different projects - and at the same time to say something on working with different approaches, aiming on at least basically the same idea.

And it is as well some personal reflection on the course - and thoughts the course provoked.


Tracie Keenan (if she introduces herself as Teresa something went wrong and she feels obliged to get official)

Who says I am not European

A placement report

Whose Life? Whose Right?


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