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History and Political Science

B.A. ; 4 years ; 24 places ; CAO points: 522 (2017) ; CAO code: TR012

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  • History and Political Science, 4 years, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Advanced Entry Applications

    Read the information about how to apply for Advanced Entry, then select the link below to apply.

    Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1020


    +353 1 896 1651

    histhum@tcd.ie


    polsci@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/history  |  www.tcd.ie/political_science/undergraduate

    What is History and Political Science?

    History is about people. Studying History means studying lives, events and ideas thought and expressed in times and places often very different from our own. History embraces everything from the rise and fall of empires or the birth of new ideologies to the contrasting everyday lives of people in a whole range of settings, across time and across the globe. Studying History means developing critical skills, learning to express your ideas and arguments clearly, and becoming self-directed in your studies.

    Political Science is the study of governments, public policies and political behaviours. Politics affects us all in our daily lives. It’s easy to think of issues that we all have opinions about. Should government tax the rich for greater equality? Should it introduce ‘green taxes’ in order to protect the environment? How high a priority should development aid be? Questions such as these, along with analyses of political systems, political behaviour, international relations and how democracy works, are at the heart of the study of political science.

    History and Political Science: The course for you?

    The History and Political Science course offers the opportunity to study two subjects with close affinities as part of a coherent structured programme. In the first three years of the programme, you will study both subjects. In the fourth year, you may choose to concentrate exclusively on either subject or to continue with both. The combination allows students to engage with problems past and present, national and international, using a range of approaches, but with an emphasis on self-directed study and the development of intellectual skills.

    History and Political Science @ Trinity

    Politics at Trinity was recently ranked 43rd in the world. Trinity is also ranked a one of the top 100 universities in the world for the study of History (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2018). 

    Both departments offer a remarkably broad range of module options for their size. The four-year programme allows students to lay firm foundations in both disciplines in the first two years. Wide-ranging modules cover medieval and modern history, Irish, European, American and global, as well as on historical methods and approaches. Political Science modules address such areas as comparative politics, international relations and the history of political thought. The final two years of the programme then allow students the chance to study several specialist modules in-depth.

    Graduate skills and 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. Graduates of the departments work for such organisations as IBEC, the Irish Times, Bank of Ireland, Goldman Sachs, the Law Society of Ireland,
    Oxfam, the American Chamber of Commerce, RTÉ, Google and Accenture. The diversity of careers reflects the wide array of skills amassed by students undertaking a degree in History and Political Science at Trinity.

    Your degree and what you’ll study

    The History programme combines the strength of a broad-based programme in the first two years, introducing all students to the sheer diversity of historical studies, with the freedom to explore areas of particular interest to individual students in the final two years. First and second year provide a range of modules in medieval and early modern Irish and European history (year one), modern Irish and modern European history, U.S. history and global history (year two), as well as modules on the methods used by historians, and participation in a history group project in year two.

    In each of the first two years students take Political Science modules. In year one these may be: Introduction to Political Science; Introduction to Sociology; Introduction to Economic Policy. In year two these may be: History of Political Thought; International Relations; Comparative Politics.

    Both the History and Political Science departments allow students to select modules in their third and fourth years which can enable them to concentrate on areas of particular interest to you. In History, modules will include some which involve intensive research and writing based on primary sources and others which are broader thematic and analytical modules and may have a particular focus on historiography – on how different historians have tried to understand a period or problem. Students taking only History in fourth year will also undertake a Capstone research project. 

    Among the specialist modules available in political science are:

    FIRST AND SECOND YEARS

    • Introduction to Political Science
    • History of Political Thought
    • International Relations
    • Comparative Politics

    THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS

    • Irish Politics
    • Contemporary Political Theories
    • Political Parties
    • Issues in Contemporary Politics
    • Democracy and Development
    • European Union Politics
    • Contemporary International Relations
    • African Politics
    • Political Violence 
    • Chinese Politics

    History modules may include:

    • China 1911-49: From Republican Revolution to Communist Revolution
    • From Kingdom to Colony: Ireland in the Twelfth Century
    • Europe Reformed, 1540-1600
    • The Secret Police in Communist Europe, 1917-1989
    • Ireland, Modernity and Empire
    • Ireland in the Age of O’Connell, 1775-1847
    • Revolutionary Britain 1678-1707
    • The Republic of Ireland and the long 1960s
    • Ireland in the 1920s and 1930s
    • American Politics and Culture, 1939-1989
    • Medieval Marriage
    • Global Crisis: Environmental Disasters in World History

    ASSESSMENT

    Most modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination performance.

    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. The Department of History has Erasmus exchange agreements with a wide range of European universities including the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), the Sorbonne (Paris), the University of Vienna and Charles University in Prague as well as an exchange agreement with the University of Tokyo. The Department of Political Science is a partner in Erasmus exchanges with the Institute d’ Études Politiques in Strasbourg and Paris, the University of Zurich, the University of Bologna and University of Mannheim. History and Political Science students can also arrange for a year abroad in other countries, notably the U.S.A., Australia and Canada, for example at the University of California, the University of Sydney or McGill University (Montreal).

    Rachael Fitzsimons, Graduate

    “Studying History and Political Science has allowed me to cultivate strong research and analytical skills in order to gain a deeper understanding of current affairs at a local, national and global level. The mix of theoretical knowledge and its applicability to real world political developments makes the course a stimulating and engaging one relevant to almost every aspect of life.”

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A.

    Duration

    4 years

    CAO Points Required

    522 (2017)

    Number of Places

    24

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR012

    Minimum entry points required are 522 (2017)
    More information on minimum entry points

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    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • History and Political Science, 4 years, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Advanced Entry Applications

    Read the information about how to apply for Advanced Entry, then select the link below to apply.

    Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1020


    +353 1 896 1651

    histhum@tcd.ie


    polsci@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/history  |  www.tcd.ie/political_science/undergraduate