Free seminar for teachers of Politics and Society

17 Nov
Free seminar for teachers of Politics and Society

UCC’s Department of Government is hosting a free seminar for teachers of Politics and Society


In 2015, University College Cork (UCC) was awarded support under the European Union’s Erasmus+ Jean Monnet programme. Dr Mary C. Murphy, a lecturer in politics, was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration, part of which involves rolling out support for second-level teachers who instruct students on broad European and EU issues.


On Saturday 26 November 2016, the Department of Government UCC, with support from the Jean Monnet programme, will host a one day seminar for teachers of the new Politics and Society curriculum. The seminar runs from 11am-4.30pm and takes place in Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin. It is free to attend and will include the provision of teaching resources and a teaching pack. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided and parking costs will be covered. 


This seminar aims to provide teachers with a brief, but intensive overview of the EU. It is specifically structured to meet the criteria outlined in the NCCA’s Leaving Certificate Politics and Society Curriculum Specification:


Strand 1:       Power and Decision Making

Topic 2:         Power and decision-making at national and European level


This seminar focuses exclusively on assisting teachers to meet the detailed learning outcomes which relate to the study of the European Union.


The seminar will guide teachers in developing their knowledge of EU politics and institutions and in assisting their students to engage effectively and successfully with the learning process. Seminar participants will be offered:

  • knowledge and information on specific EU issues
  • sample teaching materials
  • activity based learning ideas
  • assessment options
  • learning documents and resources.


The objective of the seminar is to assist teachers to better understand the nature of executive politics in the EU setting. Interaction will be encouraged and facilitated. Teachers will be exposed to new and dynamic ways to teach their students about EU politics. The seminar is also intended to cultivate transferable knowledge and teaching skills which teachers can apply to other sections of the Politics and Society curriculum. The seminar also represents a targeted exercise in promoting an engagement and dialogue between teachers of EU politics at both second and third level.


The seminar will be led by Dr Mary C. Murphy with assistance from Dr Tony Costello. For further information and to register for this event, please email

Department of Government and Politics

2nd Floor, Block B, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Republic of Ireland