Course Code: Subject available through multiple programmes
Course Title: Arts
Subject Title: European Studies
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: BA (Hons)
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.
Entry Requirements: Refer to CK101 and CK108
European Studies is a unique multidisciplinary subject, in which you will explore the processes and consequences of political, diplomatic, administrative and economic decision-making in the European Union. As a European Studies graduate you will be prepared for the challenges associated with a more interdependent and enlarged EU.
European Studies is anchored by the School of History. Other participating Schools and Departments include: Geography; Law; and Food Business and Development. European Studies will provide you with insight into the EU as a system of multilevel governance and with a critical understanding of contemporary developments within the Union.
This challenging and rewarding course equips students to develop independent thinking, strong communication and negotiation skills, cultural understanding and research expertise.
You will scrutinise the evolution, treaties, functioning, institutions and policies of the EU. You can investigate the EU in the context of international relations and its role in shaping the global system. You can also explore national-level policies and politics in individual EU member states.
In the BA, European Studies is available as a subject in Year 1 only.
In the BA International, European Studies can be pursued to degree level (as part of the BA International) for students selecting it preferably with one of the following subjects: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or English. Students spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities in a country appropriate to their studies and/or the major language studied.
Year 1 Modules:
In both the BA and BA International you will explore the processes and consequences of political, diplomatic, administrative, socio-economic and environmental decision-making in Europe. If you choose the BA International, you will continue to Year 2 as outlined below.
Year 2 Modules:
Methodologies, Data Analysis & Research; Model European Union
Europe, Ireland and the Wider World II; The European Union and the International System; Comparative European Politics I; EU: Political and Institutional Development; Mediterranean Politics; 1989 Revolutions: Poland and East Central Europe; Geography of Tourism; Contemporary Human Migration & European Settlement and Society; Social Geography; Economic and Rural Geography.
Year 3 Modules:
As part of the BA (International), you will spend this year studying at a university in a country appropriate to your studies and/or your major language subject, for example:
- Spain (Barcelona, Seville, Santiago, Salamanca and Cadiz)
- Germany (Munich, Bonn and Konstanz)
- Austria (Innsbruck)
- Sweden (Lund)
- Italy (Bologna, Siena, Florence and Perugia)
- France (Aix-en-Provence (IEP), Paris III and Sciences Po, Lyon 3 and Rennes I and II)
UCC also enjoys partnerships with English language speaking institutions in Europe, Asia, the USA, Canada and South America.
Year 4 Modules:
Ireland & International Relations: From Independence to Globalisation; Capitalism, Communism and the Cold War: East and West Germany (1945-1990); EU Common Foreign Policy; Geography of Heritage; Historical Geographies of the City; Geopolitics and Geostrategies; Regional and Local Planning; Northern Ireland; International Relations; State and Economy in Independent Ireland 1922-2000; US Collective Memory, Intervention and the Impact of Vietnam since 1968; Constitutional & Institutional Law of the EU; Economic Law of the EU
European Studies is available as a BA or BA International degree. In the BA, European Studies is available as a subject in Year 1 only. In the BA International, European Studies can be pursued to degree level (as part of the BA International) for students selecting it with preferably one of the following subjects: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or English. Students spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities in a country appropriate to their studies and/or the major language studied.
First-year students choose four Arts subjects when registering.
Teaching takes place through lectures and tutorials, through small group work and by use of project and dissertation research. European Studies also employs the valuable online Blackboard at UCC.
The contact hours, lectures, small group work and research required will vary, depending on the modules for which you register.
Expected lecture hours: European Studies lectures take place Monday to Friday.
In Year 1, lectures take place three times per week. Tutorials are also offered.
In Year 2, core modules involve research techniques, as well as a Model European Union. You will also be offered an extensive range of optional modules.
You spend Year 3 abroad and you also begin research for your final year dissertation.
In Year 4, you continue to design your degree in line with your interests. You will also produce a research dissertation, in consultation with an assigned supervisor.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules offered by the participating Schools and Departments use other types of assessment. The variety of assessment methods offers you the opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge.
Our dedicated lecturers come from the following contributing Schools and Departments – History, Geography, Law and Food Business and Development.