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Course overview

History and political science have a close affinity and the combination of the two in a joint honor programme provides a coherent framework for the development of interdisciplinary interests. In the first three years of the programme, you will take both subjects on an equal basis. In the fourth year, you may choose to concentrate exclusively on either subject or to continue with both. There are approximately 10-12 hours of classes per week in the Freshman (first two) years. See below for course details.

History modules

Modules are designed to allow your individual preferences to shape the overall character of your studies, and permit you to specialise in a number of different ways.

In each of the first two years students take three political science modules and the equivalent number of term-long modules in history. In their first-year students may substitute modern language electives (two modern language courses) for history modules, while in their second year students may substitute electives for either history or political science modules (see www.tcd.ie/Broad_Curriculum).

Junior Freshmen (first-year students) select from modules such as:

  • Doing history (compulsory)
  • Europe, 1000-1250: War and society in the age of the Crusades
  • Ireland, 1000-1318: Kingship and warfare
  • Early Christian Ireland, 400-1000
  • Europe, 1215-1517: Religion, death and culture
  • Ireland, 1534-1815
  • Europe, c.1500-1700: Power and belief

Senior Freshmen (second-year students) entering from 2014-15 will select from modules on Ireland since 1800, Europe since 1800, later medieval Europe, U.S. history and imperial history. All students will also take part in a group research project.

In the final two years you will choose special subject modules, which are studied in great detail and with particular attention to original sources, and thematic modules. Students taking history alone in fourth year will also write a dissertation. A wide range of modules are available in the Sophister years (three and four) including:

  • Viking Dublin
  • The archaeology of medieval warfare, 1000-1300
  • Renaissance Florence, c.1347-1527
  • The Elizabethans and their world, 1550-1610
  • Food, drink and society in Britain and Ireland, 1550-1750
  • The French Revolution
  • Ireland and Empire
  • Sub-Saharan Africa since 1875
  • Race and ethnicity in American thought since 1880
  • The impact of World War 1 on Ireland and Britain
  • France and the First World War, 1912-1920
  • The Weimar Republic
  • Ireland in the 1920s and 1930s
  • American politics and culture, 1939-1989
  • Ireland, Britain and America during the Cold War and beyond, 1948-1998
  • The Troubles, 1968-1998

Political science modules

The work of the first two years is designed to provide you with a systematic foundation in the subject.

In each of the first two years students take three political science modules and the equivalent number of term-long modules in history. In their first-year students may substitute modern language electives (two modern language courses) for history modules, while in their second year students may substitute electives for either history or political science modules (see www.tcd.ie/Broad_Curriculum).

Junior Freshmen (first-year students) take:

  • Introduction to political science
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Introduction to economic policy

Senior Freshmen (second-year students) take:

  • History of political thought
  • International relations
  • Comparative politics

In the Sophister (third and fourth) years, you may choose to concentrate on particular aspects of the subject, including:

  • Irish politics
  • Comparative political institutions
  • Political parties
  • Issues in contemporary politics
  • Democracy and development
  • European Union politics
  • Contemporary international relations
  • African politics
  • Research methods

Assessment

A combination of essays, assignments and end-of-year examinations make up the assessment process.

Study abroad

Both the Political science and History departments have arrangements allowing students to study abroad in another university for a semester or a full academic year. Participating in these opportunities is dependent upon the exchange fulfilling the course requirements of both departments.

Career opportunities

Recent graduates are pursuing careers in government and the public sector, media, accountancy and business to name a few. Some graduates each year progress to further study in areas as diverse as medicine, film production, graphic design and business, as well as areas more closely related to history and political science.

Further information

www.tcd.ie/Political_Science/undergraduate

Tel: +353 1 896 1651

www.tcd.ie/history

Tel: +353 1 896 1020

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