MA in Politics - Modules

MA in Politics Modules 2017/2018

MA Module Timetable 2017/2018

Modules 2017/2018


Introductions and Welcome: To be confirmed. Refreshments will be provided

PO6003 Revolution, Decolonisation and the Arab Spring

Dr Pat Crowley, Department of French

Module Objective: To understand revolution and decolonization through a focus on Twentieth Century Algerian history.

Module Content: To present and analyse the dominant features of decolonization as a historical phenomenon that continues to mark much of the contemporary world.  Through a close examination of the history of pre- and post- independence Algeria up to the present, we will assess the nature of revolution, nation building , contemporary Islamism and the Arab Spring.  In doing this we will explore the interrelationship between the ideas, practices and politics of decolonization, revolution and their post-colonial legacies- both political and cultural.

                                                 Monday 10 -12noon, 5, Elderwood Room G01, College Road (First class 18/09/17)

PH6053 Professional Ethics: Advanced

Staff, Department of Philosophy

Module Objective: To provide an understanding of the key issues and challenges in professional and business ethics.

Module Content: What is a professional code of ethics? Why be moral in the work place? Is profit the only rule in business? How far should business go to protect and preserve the environment? Do businesses have obligations only to share-holders or also to future generations? These are some of the many questions that will be discussed in this course. Some of the following topics will come under closer scrutiny: the ethics of risk taking; whistleblowing and professional responsibility; harassment in the work place; truth and deception in advertising; the moral status of corporations.

                                                              Tuesday 9-10am, Food Science Building 322

                                                              Wednesday 11-12noon, O'Rahilly Building 255

PH6054 Philosophy of Economics

Professor Don Ross, Department of Philosophy

Module Objective: To identify and discuss the historical and evolving conceptual framework used by economists for theorising, gathering and analysing data, and giving policy advice.

Module Content: Core topics: why economists use models, how models are related to real world structures and problems, the relationship between rational agent constructs and people, the ontology of social explanation (individuals, coordinated groups, uncoordinated groups), and the role of values and ideologies in economics and social science.

                                                               Wednesday 2-4pm, 6, Brighton Villas, Room G01

HI6092 International Relations Theories and Approaches

Dr Mervyn O' Driscoll, School of History

Module Objective: Introduces the major controversies and debates in International Relations (IR) to orientate students in the field of study.

Module Content: Key IR issues, debates, concepts and theories. Critical IR paradigms such as Realism, Liberalism, Radicalism and Constructivism are explored. International organizations, globalization and transnational actors are taken into consideration. Change, continuity and empiricism are introduced from historical approaches to assist in the evaluation and development of theories. The module will be taught using a variety of readings and presentations for seminars, as a complement to summative introductory lectures.

                                                               Wednesday 2pm - 4pm,  First class O'Rahilly Building Room 244

                                                                 Following classes in College Pharmacy Building, Lower Ground 51

PH6016 Territorial Rights

Dr Cara Nine, Department of Philosophy

Module Objective: To investigate the nature of and justification for state territorial entitlements.

Module Content: On what grounds may a group claim a right to territory? Should foreign countries have access to natural resources within our territory? What are the foundations of principles regarding immigration? When is it permissible for a group to secede a territory from a state? In this course, we will explore different theories of territorial entitlement and the role that territory plays in the global context of political, social and economic justice.

                                                                    Thursday 11 -1pm, 2, Elderwood, Room G01, College Road

GV6114 Changing Dynamics of Governance

Dr Philip Murphy, Department of Government

Module Objective: To critically examine theories of governance and representation.

Module Content: It will profile Irish governance and critically examine recent developments in Irish governance with particular reference to legitimacy, accountability and gender democracy. 

                                                               Friday 9-11am, O'Rahilly Building, Room 203

GV6113 Governance and Policy Processes in the European Union

Dr Emmanuelle Schon-Quinlivan, Department of Government

Module Objective: This course provides a deep analysis of policy making and policy processes in the European Union.

Module Content: The module provides an introduction to the European Union policy portfolio, the key policy actors as well as dynamics of EU policy making.

                                                               Friday 1-3pm, O'Rahilly Building, Room 123

 PO6001 Research and Methods for Dissertation

 Dr David Fitzgerald, School of History (co-ordinator), Staff, Departments of Government and Philosophy

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

· Identify a valid research topic.

· Propose a line of study that will facilitate this research.

· Engage in systematic study of primary and secondary source material.

· Articulate a thesis based on a synthesis of the research material.

· Deliver a dissertation that reflects the student's mature consideration of the research topic.

Note: It is obligatory to (a) attend at least two-thirds of scheduled seminar classes and (b) give an oral presentation to the class on the research project.

                                                  Semester 1( Weeks 14-17- November 2016) Monday 2-3pm, 3, Perrott Avenue, Seminar Room



PO6001 Dissertation Class

                                                               Thursday 2-3pm, Pharmacy Building, Lower Ground 08


PH6012 Human Rights 1

Dr Vittorio Bufacchi, Department of Philosophy

Module Objective: To investigate the politics and philosophy of Human Rights

Module Content: The idea of human rights is one of the most pervasive features of our political reality, and yet the concept of 'human rights' remains vague and contested. The aim of this course is to explore the nature and political significance of human rights. We will try to find an answer to some of the following key questions: What are human rights? Are human rights universal? Which rights are human rights? How do we resolve a conflict of human rights? Can human rights be justified?

                                                               Monday 12noon - 2pm, 3, Elderwood, Room G01

PH6052 Advanced Moral Psychology

Prof Don Ross, Department of Philosophy

Module Objective: To investigate the nature of moral judgments.

Module Content: This module introduces students to current philosophical debates in moral psychology, including moral rationalism vs. moral sentimentalism; egoism vs. altruism; virtue ethics vs. situationism; free will vs. determinism.

                                                               Wednesday 1-2pm, Aras Na Laoi Room G18

                                                               Thursday 10-11am, Kane Building, Room G18

HI6060 The Politics of Terrorism

Dr David Fitzgerald, School of History

Module Objective: To provide an understanding of different conceptual interpretations in this field

Module Content: Investigates the historical basis of terrorism. It will analyse the many examples of terrorism in an Irish, European and International context as well as examining the ideological, political and social basis of terrorist action. The module will be examined through a variety of seminars, readings, original documents and multi-media presentations including DVD documentaries.

                                                            Thursday 11am - 1pm, Tyrconnell Seminar Room, School of History

GV6103 Re-Imagining Democratic Politics in a Changing World

Dr Laurence Davis, Department of Government

Module Objective: The primary aim of this module is to examine the changing nature, problems and possibilities of democracy in the early 21st century.

Module Content: The module focuses in particular on contemporary democratic theories, ideologies and social movements that seek to recapture the transformative potential of democracy associated with much of its history by closing the gap between ideals of popular sovereignty and the reality of contemporary democratic societies.

                                                               Thursday 4-6pm, West Wing 4

GV6104 Political Participation and Mobilisation 

Dr Philip Murphy, Department of Government

Module Objective: To examine the theory of political mobilisation and public participation in the democratic process.

Module Content: The module focuses on forms of political participation, theories of democracy and contemporary democratic innovations.    

                                                               Friday 9am - 11am, O'Rahilly Building Room 123

GV6115 European Security

To be confirmed, Department of Government.

Module Objective: To enable students to understand the dynamics shaping the contemporary European security environment and Europe's role in global security, the main security challenges facing European governments and the nature and role of European security institutions.

 Module Content: This module will examine debates on the nature of the European security order of the early twenty-first century; key policy challenges facing European governments; the main European security institutions (the EU, NATO, and the OSCE); relations between the West and Russia; and Europe's role in addressing global security issues.

                                                               Friday 1-3pm, O'Rahilly Building, Room 123

HI6063 Work Placement and Portfolio

Dr David Fitzgerald, School of History

Module Objective: To enhance students' employability and transferable skills through work experience and critic al reflection.

Teaching Methods: 200hr(s) Placements (Internship, Preparation sessions and self- reflection).

Students will participate in a work placement or internship with a minimum of 200 hours of engagement on placement and completing the preparation and assessment components. The placement can be paid or unpaid, or supported by external funding (e.g. Erasmus), and can occur in a variety of relevant campus, local, national or international settings.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 4,000 word essay: 100 marks; a portfolio of work including short essays and reviews, policy papers and in-class exercises: 100 marks).

Timetable: Teaching Period 1 & 2, time of briefing session TBA




Department of Government & Politics Office

Room 2.48, 2nd floor, Main Campus, O'Rahilly Building, College Road, T12 YN60