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Irish Politics B: Governance in Ireland, Politics in Northern Ireland

Module Code: PO3131

Module Name: Irish Politics B: Governance in Ireland, Politics in Northern Ireland 2018–19

  • ECTS Weighting: 5
  • Semester/Term Taught: Hilary
  • Contact Hours: 2 lectures per week; 1 tutorial per fortnight
  • Module Personnel: Lecturer - Professor Michael Gallagher
  • Module Prerequisite: PO3130

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will:

  • have an enhanced understanding of the Irish governmental system
  • be familiar with academic research into Irish politics
  • have gained an understanding of the origins of, central issues in, and interpretations of ‘the Northern Ireland problem’
  • have been encouraged, and ideally have learned, to critically assess the material they encounter

Module Learning Aims

The aim of this module is to deepen students’ understanding not only of the substance of Irish politics, north and south, but also of the academic research that aims to interpret and understand it.


Module Content

The module covers the Irish governmental system, and politics in Northern Ireland.

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Visiting students

This module is OPEN to full-year visiting students (1-term visiting students may take PO3130 if here for the first term only, PO3131 if here for the second term only). However, visiting students should bear in mind that this module is not designed as a beginners' guide to Irish Politics or as the equivalent of a summer school course, and that those with little or no prior knowledge of the subject will need to do some initial catching up on the basics. Reading chapter 1 of the module textbook (Politics in the Republic of Ireland, see below) in advance of term or early in the term is recommended for those with little background knowledge of Irish history. A useful and fairly introductory overview of the country, designed mainly for visiting students, is Eoin O'Malley, Contemporary Ireland (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Incoming Socrates / Erasmus and other non-TCD students are required to fulfil the same module requirements, in terms of coursework and exams, as TCD students. Registering for the module implies acceptance of this.


Recommended Reading List

John Coakley and Michael Gallagher (eds), Politics in the Republic of Ireland, 6th edition (Abingdon: Routledge and PSAI Press, 2018).

Jonathan Tonge, The New Northern Irish Politics? (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) is a good starting point

Assessment Details

One essay, counting 25%

One 90-minute exam, counting 75%

 

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