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Politics and International Relations

Entry Route

Bachelor of Arts - LM002

Course Details

Course code:
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry)
Level:
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
Length:
4 Years
Course leader:
Dr. Michael Griffin
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 213170

 

Admissions:

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

 

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.

About You

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    
PO4018 International Relations    
PO4033 Political Theory    
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.

QQI Entry

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

Follow-On Study

  • Graduate Diploma/MA in Public Administration
  • MA International Studies
  • MA Peace and Development Studies
  • MA Politics

Ashley Taylor

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.