2021/2022

BSc (Hons) (Government and Political Science) [CK122] (for students who entered from 2019/20 onwards)

NFQ Level 8, Major Award

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure that the programme and module content as described in the University's Calendar and Book of Modules for the 2021-22 academic year are accurate. However, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, no guarantee is given that programme/module content, delivery and assessment may not be altered, cancelled, replaced, augmented or otherwise amended. Any changes will ensure the same competencies and Learning Outcomes are met. Programme and/or Module Coordinators will communicate any such changes to students.

General

Commencing in 2019/20 the BSc (Hons) (Government and Political Science) will replace the BSc (Hons) (Government) degree. This will be implemented on a phased basis starting with First Years in 2019/20. Students who entered before 2019/20 will continue on the BSc (Hons) Government degree.

First Year consists of core modules to the value of 50 credits and elective modules to the value of 10 credits. To be admitted to the First University Examination in Government and Political Science, a student must have satisfactorily attended modules to the value of 60 credits as follows:

Core Modules

GV1102 Introduction to Government and Politics (5 credits)
GV1202
Politics of the European Union (5 credits)
GV1204 Democracy, Ideology and Utopia (5 credits)
GV1207 Politics and Government of Ireland (5 credits)
GV1215 Local Government and Politics of Ireland (5 credits)
GV1216 Analytical Thinking Skills in Political Science (5 credits)
GV1218 International Politics (5 credits)
LW1316 Public Law (5 credits)
MG1010 Public and Private Management (5 credits)
SS1302 Social Policy Analysis (5 credits)

Elective Modules

Students select modules to the value of 10 credits from the following:

AC1100 Introduction to Accounting (5 credits)
CH1001 Chinese Language (Mandarin) I (10 credits)
EC1203 Macroeconomic Context and Business (5 credits)
FR0105 Introduction to French (5 credits)*
FR1005 French for Near Beginners (5 credits)**
FR1105 Threshold French (5 credits)
FR1107 French for Reading Purposes I (5 credits)
GA1002 Ceart na Gaeilge idir Scríobh agus Labhairt (10 credits)
GE0005 German Language (CEFR-Level A2.1) (5 credits)
GE0008 German Language (CEFR-Level A2.2) (5 credits)
GV1400 Local Development and Public Health (5 credits)
HS0028 Spanish Language (Beginner Level) (10 credits)
HS0128 Spanish Language (Improver Level) (10 credits)
IS1106 Introduction to Information Systems (5 credits)
IS1107 Information Systems for the Networked Enterprise (5 credits)
¹IT1102 Non-Beginners' Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits)
²IT1109
Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits)
MG1004 Principles of Management and Organization (5 credits)

Note: The following conditions apply to Language modules:

Elective Modules

Students may be asked to indicate preferences for selection of elective modules for Second, Third and Fourth Years prior to the end of their First, Second and Third Years respectively.


Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2021/2022 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2021/2022.

No student may register for the Second Year programme of study until the First University Examination in Government has been passed. Second Year consists of core modules to the value of 50 credits, and elective modules to the value of 10 credits. To be admitted to the Second University Examination in Government and Political Science, a student must have satisfactorily attended modules to the value of 60 credits as follows:

Core Modules

EC1202 Economic Reasoning for Business (5 credits)
GV2008 Political Corruption: Concepts (5 credits)
GV2218 European Government and Politics (5 credits)
GV2229 Citizen Participation (5 credits)
GV2230 Public Management Concepts (5 credits)
GV2231 Public Management in Practice (5 credits)
GV2235 Policy Making in the European Union (5 credits)
GV2240 International Security (5 credits)
GV2241 Elections and Voting (5 credits)
LW2002 Public Law II (5 credits)

Elective Modules

Students select modules to the value of 10 credits from the following:

CH1001 Chinese Language (Mandarin) I (10 credits)
CH2000 An Introduction to Business in China (10 credits)
EH2008 Introduction to Theories and Practices of Health Promotion (5 credits)
EH2009 Public Health Issues (5 credits)
FE2201 International Food Policy (5 credits)
GV2009 Political Corruption: Practice and Prevention (5 credits)
LW2100 Constitutional and Institutional law of the European Union (5 credits)
LW2102 Economic Law of the European Union (5 credits)
MG1003 Introduction to Marketing (5 credits)
SS3009 Communities, Activism and Development (5 credits)
SS3011 Youth Policy and Practice (5 credits)
either

FR0105 Introduction to French (5 credits)*
FR1005 French for Near Beginners (5 credits)**
or
¹FR1105 Threshold French (5 credits)
¹FR1107 French for Reading Purposes I (5 credits)
or
FR2105 Towards Vantage French (5 credits)
FR2107 French for Reading Purposes II (5 credits)

GA1002 Ceart na Gaeilge idir Scríobh agus Labhairt (10 credits)
GA2001 Úsáid agus Cruinneas na Gaeilge I (10 credits)
GE0005 German Language (CEFR-Level A2.1) (5 credits)
GE0008 German Language (CEFR-Level A2.2) (5 credits)
*GE2101 Integrated German Language Course (10 credits)
HS0028 Spanish Language (Beginner Level) (10 credits)
HS0128 Spanish Language (Improver Level) (10 credits)
¹IT1102 Non-Beginners' Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits)
²IT1109
Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits)
IT2101 Intermediate Italian Language (10 credits)

Note: The following conditions apply to Language modules:


Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2021/2022 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2021/2022.

No student may register for the Third Year programme of study until the Second University Examination in Government and Political Science has been passed. Third Year consists of core modules to the value of 30 credits (15 credits for Albany Pathway), elective modules to the value of 20 credits (15 credits for Albany Pathway) and a Work Placement module to the value of 10 credits. To be admitted to the Third University Examination in Government and Political Science, a student must have satisfactorily attended taught modules, to the value of 50 credits as follows:

The programme requirements for Albany Pathway students are set out below.

Note: The Third University Examination in Government and Political Science will be undertaken in March/April to allow students undertake Work Placement (GV3102).

Core Modules
GV3206 Politics in Northern Ireland (5 credits)
GV3210 Conflict and Conflict Resolution (5 credits)
GV3212 Global Political Economy - Trade (5 credits)
GV3215
Politics of the United States of America (5 credits)
GV3217 Global Political Economy - Finance (5 credits)
GV3226 Political Science Methods and Methodology (5 credits)

Elective Modules
Students select modules to the value of 20 credits from the following:
EC3007 Growth and Development in a Global Economy
FE3010 Gender and Development (5 credits)
FE3014 Sustainable Development: Environment, Economy and Society (5 credits)
GV3216 Contemporary Ecological and Anti-Capitalist Politics (5 credits)
GV3219 International Relations of Asia (5 credits)
GV3220 Chinese Politics (5 credits)
GV3408 The Irish Planning System (5 credits)
MG3012 Enterprise and Innovation (5 credits)
MG3021 Market Research (5 credits)
PA3204 Policy Issues in Social Markets (5 credits)
SC3004 The Sociology of Community (5 credits)

or modules to the value of 10 credits from the above list of electives and language modules to the value of 10 credits from the following:
CH3020 Chinese Language (Mandarin) Level 2.5 (5 credits)
GE0104 German Language German Language (CEFR-Level A2.1) (5 credits)
GE0105 German Language (CEFR-Level A2.2) (5 credits)

†Students may not select a language module where there is a timetable clash with core modules, or which has already been taken at the same level in a previous year.

Albany Pathway students take modules to the value of 30 credits in Semester 1 (15 credits of core modules and 15 credits from elective modules) and 20 credits in Semester 2 in their assigned college/university in New York plus the Work Placement module to the value of 10 credits in the New York State Assembly in Albany, New York.
Note: For Albany Pathway students the Third University Examination in Government and Political Science will be undertaken in December (or through continuous assessment in Semester 1) to allow students undertake Work Placement (GV3401) in the New York State Assembly in Albany, New York and GV3402 (20 credits) in their assigned college/university in New York.

Albany Pathway - Core Modules
GV3212 Global Political Economy - Trade (5 credits)
GV3215 Politics of the United States of America (5 credits)
GV3226 Political Science Methods and Methodology (5 credits)

Albany Pathway - Elective Modules
Students select modules to the value of 15 credits from the following (students can only select elective modules taught in Semester 1):
FE3014 Sustainable Development: Environment, Economy and Society (5 credits)
GV3216 Contemporary Ecological and Anti-Capitalist Politics (5 credits)
GV3219 International Relations of Asia (5 credits)
MG3012 Enterprise and Innovation (5 credits)
MG3021 Market Research (5 credits)
SC3004 The Sociology of Community (5 credits)

Albany Pathway
GV3401 Government Placement New York State Assembly (10 credits)
GV3402 US State Government and Legislative Studies (20 credits)

Work Placement - GV3102
After the Third University Examination, students must also undertake a 12-week period of work placement (GV3102 - 10 credits). The Placement module shall be assessed on a pass/fail basis, and must be passed in order to graduate with Honours. Attaining the requisite competencies standard shall be considered a pass; failure to meet the requisite competencies standard shall be considered a fail. (Full details of the placement are contained in "Placement Policy and Procedures for the BSc (Hons) in Government and Political Science" which is available, on request, from the Department of Government and Politics).

Study Year Abroad
Students may, on the approval of the BSc Government and Political Science Board of Studies, spend third year pursuing an approved programme of study in a university outside of Ireland. Programmes taken will be validated by the host institution. Students will be asked to complete a workload either (a) broadly equivalent to 60 ECTS credits at the host institution or (b) broadly equivalent to 50 ECTS at the host institution together with GV3102 Work Placement. The workload should be at a broadly equivalent level to the UCC BSc Government and Political Science III.


Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2021/2022 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2021/2022.

No student may register for the Fourth Year programme of study until the Third University Examination in Government and Political Science has been passed. In Fourth Year, students take modules to the value of 60 credits in total. At least 40 credits of GV modules must be taken which includes 20 credits of core modules plus a minimum of 20 credits of GV electives. To be admitted to the BSc (Hons) Government and Political Science Degree Examination, a student must have satisfactorily attended modules to the value of 60 credits as follows:

Core Modules – 20 credits

GV4202 Government Research Dissertation (10 credits)
GV4414 Contemporary Debates in Ireland (5 credits)
GV4415 Contemporary Debates in the EU (5 credits)

Elective Modules - 40 credits of which 20 credits must be made up of either GV or PO modules, or a combination of both subjects.

EC3127 Economics and the Labour Market (5 credits)
EC3135 Health Economics: The Role of Public Policy (5 credits)
EC3156 Environmental Economics: The Problem of Climate Change (5 credits)
EH4005 Health Services (5 credits)
EH4009 Global Health Issues and Perspectives (5 credits)
FE4005 Advanced Programme Planning and Policy Processes (5 credits)
FE4414 Co-operative Banking (5 credits)
GV4102 Gender Perspectives on Politics (5 credits)
GV4401 Global Governance (5 credits)
GV4409 Political Ideologies and Social Change (5 credits)
GV4410 Democracy: Theories and Innovations (5 credits)
GV4412 Public Finance - Theory and Practice (5 credits)
GV4416 European Security (5 credits)
LW2211 Principles of Public International Law (5 credits)
MG2001 People and Organisation (5 credits)
MG2008 Business Ethics and Governance (5 credits)
PO3005 Issues in Irish Politics II (5 credits)
SC2004 Political Sociology (5 credits)
SC3029 Sociology of the Environment (5 credits)
CH1001 Chinese Language (Mandarin) I (10 credits)
CH3000 Chinese Language (Mandarin) 3 (10 credits)

FR0105 Introduction to French (5 credits)*
FR1005 French for Near Beginners (5 credits)**

or

FR1105 Threshold French (5 credits)
FR1107 French for Reading Purposes I (5 credits)

or

FR2105 Towards Vantage French (5 credits)
FR2107 French for Reading Purposes II (5 credits)

GA1002 Ceart na Gaeilge idir Scríobh agus Labhairt (10 credits)
GA2001 Úsáid agus Cruinneas na Gaeilge I (10 credits)
GA3001 Úsáid agus Cruinneas na Gaeilge (10 credits)
GE0005 German Language (CEFR-Level A2.1) (5 credits)
GE0008 German Language (CEFR-Level A2.2) (5 credits)
*GE2101 Integrated German Language Course (10 credits)
*GE3101 Advanced Integrated German Language Course (10 credits)
HS0028 Spanish Language (Beginner Level) (10 credits)
HS0128 Spanish Language (Improver Level) (10 credits)
¹IT1102 Non-Beginners' Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits)
²IT1109
Introduction to Written and Spoken Italian (10 credits)
IT2101 Intermediate Italian Language (10 credits)
IT3101 Advanced Italian Language (10 credits)

Students may not select a language module where there is a timetable clash or which has already been taken at the same level in a previous year (e.g. students who took FR1905 in Third Year may not take FR1105 in Fourth Year etc.).

Note: The following conditions apply to Language modules:


Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2021/2022 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2021/2022.

Programme Learning Outcomes for the BSc (Hons) Government and Political Science (NFQ Level 8, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:


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