This page contains links to all individual undergraduate modules taught by the Department of Political Science staff that are available for visiting students, arranged by year. For each module there is a brief module description, module outline, recommended texts and assessment requirements. Students should consult their Trinity portal page for the most up-to-date module times and locations (subject to change).
Further information, including Visiting Students orientation events details and Visiting Students Coordinator contact details, is available below:
- Incoming Students Orientation and Module Enrolment events 2017
- Incoming Welcome Event slides (September, 2017) (PDF 464KB)
- Information Leaflet for Incoming Visiting Students 2017-18 (PDF 244 KB)
Current Visiting Students
Political Science Visiting Student Coordinator
Mr Liam Kneafsey (firstname.lastname@example.org) is our Incoming Visiting Student Coordinator in 2017-18. You should consult Mr Kneafsey if you are coming to Trinity on an Erasmus or Socrates exchange or need module choice forms signed. His office is located in room C6.009 in TRiSS, 6th Floor, Arts Building. You can find directions to TRiSS here.
If you need to find another building on campus, please have a look at college maps.
Course Registration Forms
If you need to get the Department's permission to take a module for the 2017-18 academic year or one term only, please bring the Module Enrolment Form to our Erasmus Coordinator, Mr Liam Kneafsey (room C6.009 in TRiSS, 6th Floor, Arts Building) during his office hours on Wednesdays 3-5pm.
Full-year visiting students are expected to fulfil the same course requirements, in terms of coursework and exams, as Trinity students which means that they sit the summer exams and no exceptions will be made. So visiting students here for the whole academic year should bear in mind, before making arrangements to return home, that the examination season does not finish until near the end of May.* All the modules that are normally open to visiting students are 10 ECTS credit modules.
One-term students: If you are here for only one term, you will receive 5 ECTS credits and you will be expected to write two essays (this is the expectation for all modules, except PO360B/C Research Methods that has multiple assignments that would be the equivalent of the essays - please consult with the lecturer for more details). Be sure to coordinate submission of your second essay directly with the lecturer of the module. Hilary Term only students are discouraged from taking Research Methods in Political Science, as the course material in the second term builds on the issues discussed during the first term. Students who wish to register nonetheless are requested to contact the lecturer to discuss to what extent their prior training in methods and basic statistics is sufficient.
*The 2017 -18 annual exam period takes place from 30th April to 25th May.
All the modules that are normally open to visiting students are worth 10 ECTS credits but the modules are also open to visiting students who may only be here for the Michaelmas term or the Hilary Term. If you are here for only one term, you will receive 5 ECTS credits and you will be expected to write two essays (this is the expectation for all modules except PO360B/C which usually has multiple assignments to form the equivalent of the essays - please consult with the lecturer for more details).
Buddy Programme for Incoming Visiting Students
The Buddy Programme is an international networking program which aims at matching up incoming visiting students from across the world with a TCD student, who will act as mentor or guide to their International Buddy. If you are interested in signing up for a Buddy please complete the form here. You can email the Buddy Programme on: email@example.com
Prospective Visiting Students
Further details on how to apply to come to Trinity as a visiting student are available from the university's Study at Trinity webpage.