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Bachelor of Arts in European Studies

Course Details

Course code:
LM040
Level:
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
Length:
4 Years
CAO points:
378
Course leader:
Dr Joachim Fischer
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 202354

 

Admissions:

Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus

 

About You

There is no ‘typical’ European Studies student. The main qualities that you need for success in the field are;

  • A healthy curiosity about how modern societies function
  • An interest in the European Union, and the issues facing the Union and its member states
  • a taste for languages other than your own
  • an interest in other cultures and
  • an ability to think independently and argue coherently for your ideas.

Neither do you have to know what you want to ‘be’ when you leave college in order to choose European Studies. The degree offers a very broad entrance into the worlds of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences.

Why Study European Studies at UL?

Brexit will mean more direct interaction with the EU. An understanding of Europe requires knowledge of its historical origins, of its economic, legal and societal aspects, and of its political institutions. The BA in European Studies develops knowledge and understanding of all of these areas linking them with knowledge of the cultures and languages of key member states. The University of Limerick has long led the way in Ireland in this field, with the result that this degree is one of the longest established European Studies degree programmes in Europe.

The BA in European Studies offers you a core European Studies programme and a wide degree of choice between options in European History, Sociology, Politics, Economics, Marketing, Law and European Literature & Film, as well as the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge of French, German, Irish / Gaeilge and Spanish languages and cultures. Language teaching is done in small groups and many of the teachers are native speakers of the languages concerned. Language skills are further developed during the period of study abroad at one of our partner universities on the continent, completion of which is mandatory for students of the BA in European Studies.

The BA in European Studies is a four-year programme. Six semesters, including all of the first and final years, are spent in UL. A further two semesters, in the spring of Year 2 and autumn of Year 3, are spent off-campus on the Study Abroad programme and on the Cooperative Education programme, which provides work experience.

From the beginning of your degree programme, you will follow a core European Studies module stream, a stream of language study in at least one continental European language (French, German or Spanish), and may either take three disciplinary subjects chosen from European History, Sociology, Law, Politics, Economics, Marketing and European Literature & Film,

OR

two such disciplinary subjects and a second language (from French, German, Spanish or Irish / Gaeilge*). Spanish and German are offered at Advanced and at Beginners’ Level, with these streams being integrated in Year 3. The European Literature & Film stream allows students to acquire the necessary prerequisite ECTS points to enter the Professional Masters in Education (PME) in order to train as a language teacher in Irish secondary schools.

* NB: Students choosing Irish / Gaeilge must also study a continental language.

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2
ES4001 Introduction to European Studies ES4002 European Studies Workshop
  Language 1 (choose 1)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  Language 1 (choose 1)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  Students Choose 3 Electives:   Students Choose 3 Electives:
  Language 2 (choose 1)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Irish
  Language 2 (choose 1)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Irish

 

HI4112 History: Sources for History HI4081 History: Early Modern Ireland
EC4111 Economics: Microeconomics EC4112 Economics: Macroeconomics
LA4901 Law: Principles of Law LA4012 Law: Comparative Legal Systems
PO4051 Politics/Public Admin: Introduction to Politics and International Relations 1 PO4052 Politics/Public Admin: Introduction to Politics and International Relations 2
EC4111 Marketing: Microeconomics EC4112 Marketing: Macroeconomics
SO4001 Sociology: Introduction to Sociology   Sociology (choose 1)
  • Introduction to Sociology 2
  • Gender Sociological Perspectives
  European Literature and Film (choose 1)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  European Literature and Film (choose 1)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4
PO4023 Comparative European Politics   Cooperative Education
  Language 1 (choose 1)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
 
  Students Choose 3 Electives:  
  Language 2 (choose 1)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish 
  • Irish
 
HI4061 History (choose 1)
  • Reformation & the Modern State: Europe in the Sixteenth Century
  • Warfare and Diplomacy: Europe in the Seventeenth Century
 
EC4027 Economics: The European Economy  
LA4033 Law: Law of the European Union 1    
  Politics/Public Admin (Choose 1)
  • Sub-national Government in Europe
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Government and Politics in Ireland
   
MK4603 Marketing: Marketing    
SO4047 Sociology: Sociology of the Welfare State    
  European Literature and Film (Choose 1)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
   
Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6
  Erasmus Study Abroad PO4015 Government and Politics of the EU
    Language 1 (Choose 1)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
    Students Choose 3 Electives:
    Language 2 (Choose 1)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • - Irish
    History (Choose 1)
  • Europe: Enlightment and Revolution 1688-1815
  • Europe: Society and Governance, 1890-1990
  EC4014 Economics: International Economics
  LA4044 Law: Law of the European Union 2
      Politics/Public Admin (Choose 1)

- Public Policy Process

- Theories of Distributive Justice

- Global Political Economy

    MK4025 Marketing: Marketing Communication
      Sociology (Choose 1)
  • Sociology of Globalisation
  • Inequality and Social Exclusion
      European Literature and Film (Choose 1)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
      Available as an Additional Module:
    TE4106 Teaching English to speakers of other languages - TESOL 1
       
       

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include:

Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

Additional language requirements Applicants must hold a H4 grade in a language other than English.

Students wishing to take French, Spanish (advanced) or German (advanced) must hold a minimum of a H3 grade in the appropriate language. Students wishing to take the two language options with Irish/Gaeilge must hold a minimum H3 grade in Irish/Gaeilge

We welcome applications from Mature Students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Certain QQI awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. Go to www.ul.ie/admissions for more information and a full list of modules.

Employers in all areas of business, professional and public life are increasingly looking for graduates who can combine language skills with knowledge of European affairs. Our graduates work in areas such as;

  • Business management with Irish and European companies
  • Public service either in Ireland or within the European Union
  • Banking and financial sectors
  • Tourism and leisure industries
  • Language Teaching (incl. secondary schools if the European Literature & Film stream is chosen)

All of these career opportunities are expanding rapidly and new possibilities will continue to open as the ‘new’ Europe develops over the coming years.

Follow-On Study

Many graduates of the BA in European Studies go on to do postgraduate work of one kind or another. For some this means university-based or other professional education – good examples being a postgraduate teaching qualification or a diploma/degree in journalism.

For others, the European element predominates and this can lead naturally to one of the many related Masters degrees such as UL’s MA in European Politics and Governance. The range of postgraduate study possibilities for European Studies graduates also includes a wide variety of research opportunities.

Want to find out more about possible careers with this degree? Click Here

Student Profile - Aideen Ginnell

I chose UL for many reasons but the main attraction for me was mostly the campus itself, along with the charming and friendly feeling I got when I first visited on the open day. European studies appealed to me because the course included politics, languages, law, and history – all in one degree.

The added bonus of my course was the extraordinary opportunity to go on work experience (coop) and also to study abroad (Erasmus) whilst still receiving credits here in UL. I took the opportunity to study in Seville, Spain for one whole term. The university was situated right in the heart of the city and hosted many Erasmus students from all around Europe which really made the experience truly diverse. This mix, along with the small classes and fantastic weather, made for a great atmosphere around this lovely old Spanish campus.

For my coop, I was offered a job in Mexico, teaching English in a school in Mexico City, to kids aged from 4 up to 18. We also taught them about Irish music and dancing and organised a little show to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Apart from the invaluable experience I gained from my teaching work, I also availed of the opportunity to travel around Mexico and experience its culture and richness. My time on co-op was one of the most eventful and valuable experiences of my life and it couldn’t have happened without the opportunities that were presented to me by my degree in European studies at the University of Limerick.