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Politics and International Relations can be taken as part of the UL Arts Degree as single honours or a joint honours combination. Review the subjects you can study with Politics and International Relations by looking at the table at the end of this section.
The study of Politics and International Relations is all about thinking critically and understanding change. You might be attracted to studying this course if you are interested in understanding the way the world works. You will learn how to research, how to study and develop your analytical and reasoning skills, and how to apply these skills to the real world. You will learn about Ireland and Europe, their place in the world, about what makes a good society and about what doesn’t, and how we might tell the difference between the two.
Why study Politics and International Relations at UL?
At the University of Limerick you will have the opportunity to study a wide cross section of areas within Politics and International Relations. The staff of the Department of Politics and Public Administration have expertise across the discipline and as a result students will learn about the general workings of Politics and International Relations and then look at Irish Politics, European Politics, Political Theory, International Relations and Political Economy, and Public Administration. By doing so they will cover more content that any other Politics-based course in the state. It provides a unique opportunity to study all the main areas within Politics and International Relations.
What You Will Study
In the first year, you will take introductions to the broad study of Politics and International Relations, whereas in the second year you separately take courses related to the main studies within the field (Irish Politics, European Politics, Political Theory, International Relations and Political Economy, and Public Administration). You then have a wide range of co-op/work placements before going on study abroad to a large choice of universities (including those in Malta, Czech Republic, Turkey, Iceland, France and Germany). In the final year, you can choose a number of electives that include looking at issues such as global justice, international organisations, Russian Politics, African Politics and issues around peace and conflict.
Politics and International Relations Joint Honours Pathway
Modules are subject to change.
Politics and International Relations is also available as Single Honours
|Year 1||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|PO4051||Introduction to Politics and International Relations 1||PO4052||Introduction to Politicis and Inernational Relations 2|
|Year 2||Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Students select 2:||Cooperative Education Placement|
|PO4023||Comparative European Politics|
|PO4013||Government and Politics of Ireland|
|PO4127||Regionalism in World Politics|
|Year 3||Semester 5||Semester 6|
|External Academic Placement||Students select 2:|
|PO4102||Methods and Research in Political Science|
|PO4015||Government & Politics of the EU|
|PA4018||Public Policy Process|
|PO4030||Theories of Distributive Justice|
|PO4004||Global Political Economy|
|Year 4||Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Students select 2:||Students select 2:|
|PO4007||Power, Politics and Social Change in Latin America||PO4007||Power, Politics and Social Change in Latin America|
|PO4008||African Politics: Development and Democracy||PO4008||African Politics: Development and Democracy|
|PO4016||Issues of European Integration||PO4016||Issues of European Integration|
|PO4017||Politics of the United States||PO4017||Politics of the United States|
|PO4027||International Organisations & Global Governance||PO4027||International Organisations & Global Governance|
|PO4028||The Politics of Ethnic Conflict||PO4028||The Politics of Ethnic Conflict|
|PO4117||Policy Making in the European Union||PO4117||Policy Making in the European Union|
|PO4032||Russian Politics||PO4032||Russian Politics|
|PO4038||European Party Politics||PO4038||European Party Politics|
|PO4041||Politics of Oil||PO4041||Politics of Oil|
|PO4048||Issues in World Politics||PO4048||Issues in World Politics|
|PO4058||Politics of the Third World||PO4058||Politics of the Third World|
|PO4067||Studies in Political Thought||PO4067||Studies in Political Thought|
|PO4068||Political Leadership||PO4068||Political Leadership|
|PO4077||Nations and Nationalism in the Modern World||PO4077||Nations and Nationalism in the Modern World|
|PO4088||Introduction to Terrorism and Violent Extremism||PO4088||Introduction to Terrorism and Violent Extremism|
|PO4107||Nationalism, Ethnicity and Conflict||PO4107||Nationalism, Ethnicity and Conflict|
|PO4108||Multiculturalism and Political Theory||PO4108||Multiculturalism and Political Theory|
|PO4118||Ireland and the EU||PO4118||Ireland and the EU|
|PA4013||Local Government||PA4013||Local Government|
|PA4017||Sub-national Government||PA4017||Sub-national Government|
|2976||Careers and influence in public leadership: ministers and civil servants||2976||Careers and influence in public leadership: ministers and civil servants|
|PL4013||Community Development||PL4013||Community Development|
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 mathematics is not reckonable for scoring purposes.
In addition, students wishing to study a Language must hold a minimum H4 grade in that language, with the exception of beginners German or beginners Spanish where a H4 grade in a language other than English is required. Specialist requirement in Mathematics also for those studying Economics or Mathematics.
For certain subjects, additional special qualifications specific to individual subjects or disciplines may be determined by the respective departments in accordance with Academic Council regulations.
Applications are especially welcome 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 the UL Admissions QQI page for a full list of modules.
Recent graduates of this programme are working as policy advisors, civil servants, researchers, elected representatives, data analysts, public relations officers, teachers, journalists.
Career areas open to you with a degree in Politics and International Relations include;
- Public Service
- European and International Agencies
- Business, Heritage and Tourism
- Education and Teaching
- Voluntary and Community Organisations
- Media, Journalism and Public Relations
- Training and Equal Opportunities
- Policy Evaluation Research
- Urban Planning and Rural Development
- Social and Market Research
- Graduate Diploma/MA in Public Administration
- MA International Studies
- MA Peace and Development Studies
- MA Politics
I moved from the US to study Arts at UL. The BA in Arts is a great programme for anyone interested in pursuing an arts or social science subject, since you can tailor the programme to suit your interests. I chose Politics and International Relations, with an emphasis on international institutions and how they affect politics on national and international levels. My programme also allowed me to spend a year abroad; I went to California for six months to work for the government as a legislative intern and I lived in Copenhagen for five months during my Erasmus+ placement at the University of Copenhagen. Studying Politics and International relations at UL has also given me an opportunity to develop crucial soft skills, such as written and verbal communication and research and analysis. Additionally, part of my programme involved writing a Bachelor’s thesis, which gave me an opportunity to do specific research in a subject of my choice (terrorist ideology and behavior) and allowed me to contribute to existing academic research.
After graduation, I decided to stay at UL to pursue my MA in Peace and Development Studies. My undergraduate programme at UL has given me extensive preparation for both my graduate degree and for entering the workplace, especially since I was able to complete a full-time six month internship during the course of my degree. UL has also given me international experience, which is a definite benefit for young professionals entering politics today.