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History and Political Science

B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) ; 4 years full-time ; 24 places ; CAO points: 534 (2018) ; CAO code: TR012

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  • History and Political Science 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 30/JUN/2020
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    T: +353 1 896 1020


    +353 1 896 1651

    E: histhum@tcd.ie


    polsci@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/history   

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.

    What is History and Political Science?

    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. 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? 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 at Trinity

    Trinity is ranked a one of the top 100 universities in the world for the study of History and for the study of Politics. (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019). 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.

    Pathways

    The pathways available are Single Honors, Major with Minor and Joint Honors. Click here for further information.

    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 the Irish Times, the Law Society of Ireland, Oxfam, IBEC, the American Chamber of Commerce, RTÉ, Google and the United Nations. 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 (first year), modern Irish and modern European history, U.S. history and global history (second year), as well as modules on the methods used by historians, and participation in a history group project in year two.

    In first and second year, the specialist modules available in political science are: Introduction to Political Science, History of Political Thought, International Relations and Comparative Politics. In third and fourth year, political science modules include: Irish Politics, Democracy and Development, Political Violence, European Union Politics, Issues in Contemporary Politics, Political Psychology Political Theory: Contemporary Topics, Autocracy, Contemporary International Relations and African 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

    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).

    What our current students say

    Ivan McConville

    Friends and family who had attended Trinity always spoke so highly of their years here. Not only the academic side of things, but mostly the brilliant social experience that Trinity delivers for students. History had always been my favourite subject throughout my school years so I prioritised the subject for further study in college. Trinity offered different combinations with other arts and humanities subjects, and having a decent interest in current affairs and politics, I decided to study it with Political Science. Trinity has a great reputation for arts subjects, as well as a brilliant campus and facilities. The college seemed to represent a great opportunity to not only study the subjects I wanted, but also an opportunity to partake in various clubs, meet new people from different backgrounds to myself, and have new experiences from trips away. It seemed to offer the balance with a four year arts course that would let me enjoy my time in university while also earning an esteemed and respected degree.

    What our graduates say

    Neil Barrett

    “The course blends academic theory with real world examples and gives students a deep understanding of current affairs from their historical context to the present. My research and writing skills also improved immeasurably over the course of the degree course. I would not hesitate in advising any student interested in world affairs to apply for this challenging but rewarding course.”

    Rachael Fitzsimons

    “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. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)

    CAO Points Required

    534 (2018)

    Number of Places

    24

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR012

    Minimum entry points required are 534 (2018)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.

    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 full-timeClosing Date: 30/JUN/2020
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    T: +353 1 896 1020


    +353 1 896 1651

    E: histhum@tcd.ie


    polsci@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/history