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Politics and International Relations

Politics and International Relations
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route: Bachelor of Arts - LM002

Course code:
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry)
Duration:
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr James Carr
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 213578
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 on the BA Arts course page.

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.

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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 Honour

  Semester 1   Semester 2
PO4051  Introduction to Politics and International Relations 1 PO4052 Introduction to Politicis and Inernational Relations 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  
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
  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
PA4007
 
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

 

Entry requirements

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.

Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€2,558
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€5,650

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€2,558
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€5,650

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€2,558
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€5,650

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€12,178
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€12,270

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

 

These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
The Noel Ryan Scholarship
€2,000 per year for 4 years
1 per year

These scholarships are available for all courses

Title Award Scholarships available
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
€6,750
125
Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
Financial Aid Fund
Elaine Fagan Scholarship
€5,000
5
Stuart Mangan Scholarship
Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
€750
The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
€2,500
UL Sports Scholarships
Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Multiple
Cooperative Education Award
1 award per faculty
UL 40 Entrance Scholarship
€2,000
40

Your future career

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

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.