Political Science and Geography
This four-year joint degree (TR029) had its first intake of students in October 2009, with the first cohort graduating in summer 2013. In a rapidly changing international economic, political, security and environmental context the tools of Political Science and Geography are becoming increasingly important to analyse global problems and provide policy solutions. This course combines analytical rigour with an understanding of real world variations and complexities. The two disciplines have been associated through the sub-fields of political geography, which covers geographical differences in voting patterns, for example, and through geo-politics which examines how the great powers influence other parts of the planet. These days, in a context of globalisation, interdisciplinary understandings of socio-environmental issues are becoming increasing key to solving the problems of the future such as political instability in parts of the developing world as a result of climate change, for example. Environmental politics, and the politics of the environment, are becoming ever more important.
This is the course for you if you are interested in the disciplines of politics and geography and you hope to develop a critical understanding of the relationship between the Earth's natural and human phenomena and its political institutions and systems.
Students follow the two subjects equally for the first three years, and in the final year they may either continue to do so or, alternatively, concentrate entirely on one subject or the other. In second year there is the option of replacing one Political Science module by broad curriculum or language modules, while there is the opportunity to spend the third year on exchange at a university outside Ireland. To learn more about what the study of political science entails, you might find the Political Science undergraduate page and the Geography undergraduate page helpful.
Career opportunities for graduates lie in fields such as public and European affairs, overseas assistance, resource management and risk assessment, the supply of environment-related advice to governments and industry, the study and practice of environmental policymaking, and teaching and higher education. The possibilities are boundless –alumni pages for Political Science and alumni pages for Geography give an indication of some of the careers followed by Political Science and Geography graduates.
In 2015, the quota (number of students to be admitted to the programme) was 15 and the minimum number of CAO points needed to gain entry to the programme was 470. More information on applying for entry to this programme is available from the Admissions Office.
The Political Science and Geography Course Handbook is now available.