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Political Science

Political science will appeal to students who are excited about exploring the background to current events, the nature and use of power and how decisions are made that impact on wider society. If you are interested becoming more engaged in public affairs and in understanding activities and ideas that will shape the future then a political science degree at Trinity choice for you.

PPES - Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology (TR015)

Brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding the social and human world, developing skills relevant to a wide range of future careers and activities. There is a gradual specialisation over the course of the degree with students ultimately having the option to study just political science or to combine with philosophy, economics or sociology.

"First year provides a broad introduction to political science so you can get an excellent overview of the discipline. Having a broad knowledge of politics complemented my study of the three other disciplines I was studying." -- PPES Graduate

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BESS - Business, Economic and Social Studies (TR081)

Provides students with an understanding of how contemporary political issues are informed by historical events. Students learn how to interrogate history and contemporary political questions using analytical skills from both disciplines and are equipped for a range of career options as a result.

"I took a variety of theoretical and applied classes which helped me hone not only my writing and analytical skills, but also my public speaking and teamwork abilities. I now work at the World Bank where I rely on the skills I acquired at Trinity every day." -- BESS Graduate

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History and Political Science (TR012)

Provides students with an understanding of how contemporary political issues are informed by historical events. Students learn how to interrogate history and contemporary political questions using analytical skills from both disciplines and are equipped for a range of career options as a result.

"From Introduction to Political Science in first year all the way up to my specialist subjects in fourth year I was exposed to the latest research and theories, but also taught how they impacted in the real world." -- History and Political Science Graduate

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Law and Political Science (TR020)

Provides the opportunity to learn about two deeply connected subjects and their relationship to each other. It will be of particular interest to students whose intellectual or career interests in politics and public service would be strengthened by knowledge of the law or who are interested in pursuing a legal career and want a wider political understanding.

"The subject matter, hours and high quality teaching ensure that lectures are relatable, stimulating and accessible for all. It is a course which attracts bright, articulate and diverse people year in year out." -- Law and Political Science Student

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Political Science and Geography (TR029)

In a rapidly changing international context the tools of political science and geography are becoming increasingly important to analyse global problems and provide policy solutions. This course will appeal to students who hope to develop a critical understanding of the relationship between the Earth's natural and human phenomena and its political institutions and systems.

"With one of the country's best resourced libraries, a vast online academic infrastructure and a department staffed by world leading academics, the University really helped develop my capabilities as a political scientist." -- Political Science and Geography Graduate

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