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Political Science and Geography

B.A. ; 4 years ; 15 places ; CAO points: 496 (2018) ; CAO code: TR029

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  • Political Science and Geography, 4 years, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
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    Course Director

    Course Director: Dr. Patrick Bresnihan

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1298

    courseoffice@tcd.ie


    Course Director: pbresnih@tcd.ie

    Website

    https://www.tcd.ie/Political_Science/undergraduate/political-science-geography

    What is Political Science and Geography?

    In a rapidly changing international economic, political, security and environmental context the tools of Political Science and Geography are becoming increasingly important to analyse global problems and provide policy solutions.

    The two disciplines have been associated through the sub-fields of political geography, which covers geographical differences in voting patterns, for example, and through geo-politics, which examines how the great powers influence other parts of the planet. Recent global changes, such as climate change, the refugee crisis in Europe, and separatist movements require an interdisciplinary understandings of socio-environmental issues. The course Political Science and Geography aims to provide the student with the interdisciplinary set of tools necessary to understand and address these growing challenges.

    Political Science and Geography: The course for you?

    If you are interested in the disciplines of Political Science and Geography and you hope to develop a critical understanding of the relationship between the earth’s natural and human phenomena and its political institutions and systems, then this may be the course for you. Trinity, with its world-renowned research faculty, facilities, and unique emphasis on transferrable methodological skills, will provide you the tools that you need and that employers seek.

    Political Science and Geography @ Trinity

    The Departments of Political Science and Geography have some of the foremost scholars and lecturers in their field who are committed to providing cutting edge research and teaching.

    The Department of Political Science, www.tcd.ie/Political_Science, is one of the top political science departments in Europe. In the 2018 QS rankings it was ranked 43rd in the world. Political Science has been an important part of the curriculum since 1855 and Trinity has developed an international reputation for its research work on the European Union, comparative politics, comparative public opinion, international relations as well as democracy and development. You will acquire highly desirable skills, from the ability to analyse facts and theory critically, to more tangible methodological tools needed in nearly every career.

    Geography, www.tcd.ie/Geography, at Trinity is a world leading department, ranked in the top 100 in the world (by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018). Staff have received major research grants from the European Research Council, United States National Science Foundation and many others. The department delivers an exciting curriculum which covers topics from global sustainability to the landscapes of Mars, delivered by world leading experts in their fields. Students also have the opportunity to undertake overseas fieldwork, in Mallorca, for example, to study overseas and to undertake substantial (guided) Capstone research project. One first year student noted “It was the right choice as it is challenging and engaging because of its applicability to current affairs”.

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    Careers for graduates lie in fields such as public and European affairs, overseas assistance, resource management and risk assessment, the supply of environmental-related advice to governments and industry, the study and practice of environmental policymaking, and teaching and higher education.

    The varied and exciting career paths of some of our graduates can be found at: www.tcd.ie/careers/students/options/what/


    Your degree and what you’ll study

    In the first two years you will take modules that will each require attendance, on average, of two hours of lectures and one tutorial per week. In fourth year there is a reduction in the number of modules required to allow greater depth of study and more independent work.

    FIRST YEAR

    In first year you will study three Geography modules covering ‘Human Geography: Society and Space’, ‘The Anthropocene’ and ‘Spaceship Earth: An Introduction to Earth System Science’ and three Political Science modules covering Introduction to Political Science, Introduction to Sociology and Introduction to Economic Policy.

    SECOND YEAR

    In second year you will study Geography modules covering Physical Geography, Human Geography and Geography seminars, and  Political Science modules covering Comparative Politics, International Relations, and the History of Political Thought. You will also have the option to study a Trinity Elective. 

    THIRD YEAR

    In third year students take Geography modules which are drawn from a list of options (see www.tcd.ie/Geography for more information). For those students planning to continue Geography in fourth  year as their sole subject, advanced research methods in Geography is compulsory. On the Political Science side, students may take any three options (see www.tcd.ie/Political_Science/undergraduate/current-students/timetable to view the modules currently offered); students intending to take Political Science alone in the fourth year must take Research Methods for Political Science in their third year.

    FOURTH YEAR

    In fourth year, students may take both subjects equally or one subject alone. See  www.tcd.ie/Geography/undergraduate/political-science-geography to view the current modules offered to fourth-year students in Geography and www.tcd.ie/Political_Science/undergraduate/current-students/timetable/#seniorsophis for those offered in Political Science.

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

    CAPSTONE 

    In your final year of study, you will undertake a Capstone project – an independent research project which comprises an in-depth investigation of a specific area of scholarship. The Capstone project is a catalyst to enable you to reflect on your learning from the programme as a whole and to demonstrate your ability to think independently, communicate effectively, develop continuously and act responsibly as you transition to the world of work or to postgraduate studies.

    Study abroad

    There are opportunities for students to spend all or part of the third year studying abroad in the Czech Republic (Charles University Prague), United Kingdom (Exeter University), France (University of Bordeaux III, and The University of Paris Sorbonne), the Netherlands (University of Utrecht), Sweden (Stockholm University), Poland or Spain.

    Participating in these opportunities is dependent upon the exchange fulfilling the course requirements of both departments.

    María Fernández-Pita – Joint Honours Political Science and Geography Graduate

    “The Political Science and Geography Joint Honours degree gave me the opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of many of the current affairs that are shaping today’s world; from climate change to human rights issues, touching, also, upon pressing problems society faces today, such as terrorism. 

    Trinity encouraged independent learning and gave us every facility to undertake research thanks to its extensive library and the best and most current academic tools to enable its students to learn. Coupled with the beauty of its campus, and the many activities one can get involved in during university in terms of societies and clubs, it was impossible not to fall in love with Dublin over the four years of my degree.  

    Two years later I find myself applying the critical thinking and analysis skills the degree equipped me with within my MSc Program in Management at IE Business School, specialising in international business”.  

     

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A.

    Duration

    4 years

    CAO Points Required

    496 (2018)

    Number of Places

    15

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR029

    Minimum entry points required are 496 (2018)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

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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

  • Political Science and Geography, 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

    Course Director

    Course Director: Dr. Patrick Bresnihan

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1298

    courseoffice@tcd.ie


    Course Director: pbresnih@tcd.ie

    Website

    https://www.tcd.ie/Political_Science/undergraduate/political-science-geography