First Year

Politics in First Year 2017/18


Politics is a great subject to take in first year so come along and find out more on Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 2pm in Boole 4.            

The course, PO1001, begins with an integrated 15-credit module that may be combined with any three other subjects in First Arts that are compatible on the time-table.  




Section 1 : Politics in Ireland

Dr Theresa Reidy

14th September – 3rd November


(8 weeks)

Section 2 : International Politics

To be confirmed

6th November –1st December

15th January - 9th February

(8 weeks)

Section 3 : Key Concepts in Political Theory

Dr Adam Loughnane

12th February –23rd March  (6 weeks)

9th April - 20th April (2 weeks)


(8 weeks)

First lecture: Wednesday 13th September at 2pm.

Lecture Times/Venues:

There are three lectures and one tutorial per week.

Monday:           11.00 a.m. – 12 noon  Boole 3 (No lecture Monday 11th September)

Wednesday:      2.00 p.m.  – 3.00 p.m. Boole 4

Thursday:         9.00 a.m. - 10.00 a.m. Boole 2


Tutorials: Students sign up for a tutorial that suits their timetable on the Politics notice board in the Government corridor, 2nd Floor, O'Rahilly Building during the first two weeks of term.

Tutorials will start the week of Monday 25th September.

Assessment: Continuous Assessment 300 marks.  3 x Assignments (1,500 word essay or report ) (Each worth 54 marks) and 3 in-class tests.( Each worth 36 marks).  Tutorial attendance and participation (30 marks).



Dr Theresa Reidy, Department of Government

Office: 2.52, O’Rahilly Building,

Telephone. 4903028



This is a political science module. At the end of this course, you should have an appreciation and understanding for the workings of central and local government in the Republic of Ireland. In addition, this course will examine the relationship between Ireland and the European Union. You should also have improved your analytical ability and other transferable skills.

The following topics will be addressed in the course of the module:

The Institutions of the State,

Bunreacht na hEireann

The Electoral System

The Party System

Political Culture in Ireland

Irish Voting Behaviour

Policy Making in Ireland

Local Government

Ireland and the EU


Coakley, J. and Gallagher, M., (2010) Politics in the Republic of Ireland, (5th Edition), London: Routledge


Remember that politics is a matter of both continuity and change. You should keep up to date by reading a quality daily and Sunday paper such as The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune and Sunday Business Post. The Internet is a further source of up-to-date material for this module. Web addresses will be recommended to you during the module. Please familiarize yourself with the internet access facilities of the Boole Library.

The Irish Times web pages ( ) are particularly useful and links to readings will be posted on Blackboard.

Assessment :

In Class Test, Essay.



To be confirmed, School of History.





What are the causes and consequences of international conflict and cooperation, both in a political-military sense and a political-economy sense? What is the role of the state in international politics? We will attempt to answer these and other questions through a systematic exploration of the origins and development of the modern international system right up to the present day. War, peacemaking, international organizations, ideologies and the international political economy are all essential aspects of international politics which will be examined in detail.

After a brief examination of some classic examples of the force and meaning of politics (Ancient Greece, Westphalia, 19th-century concept of power) we will concentrate on the ferocity of twentieth century politics. This will involve case-studies of the world wars and the Cold War as well as the impact of ideologies such as socialism and fascism. The latter part of the course will focus on contemporary challenges in international politics –terrorism, globalization, global warming – issues that are increasingly shaping the world we live in. Examples of this range from the abstract – neo-conservatism, to the tangible – the scarcity of water as an urgent issue in international relations.   

Topics examined are:

The State, Sovereignty and Conflict

Basic theories of International Relations particularly realism, liberalism/idealism and radicalism.

Development of the modern States system

International Organisations – the EU & the UN

The Cold War’s origins, dynamics and termination

The Post Cold War international system


Neo-liberals & Neo-conservatives

The Environment


Assessment :

In Class Test, Essay



Dr Adam Loughnane, Department of Philosophy,

Office: 4, Elderwood (top floor), College Road

Telephone: 4902054



This course will introduce a number of central themes in the history of political theory. Some of these themes will include: power, justice, harmony, order, right, liberty, sovereignty, and the state. The lectures will explore classic  formulations of political ideas and political problems. Throughout the lectures these ideas will be illustrated with contemporary examples and arguments, which will thus encourage the students to reflect on the ways in which these ideas can help them interpret and analyze political issues.

Aims :

The aim of this module is to furnish students with a theoretical perspective that will allow them to: 1) identify abstract political concepts operative in historical and contemporary political events, laws, conflicts, etc., 2) learn to critically assess political, governmental, or citizens claims to legitimacy, justice, fairness, liberty, equality, dissent, etc.,  3) become familiar with central concepts and the theoretical background of classical and contemporary debates, in order to prepare for further study and research in politics, political theory or political philosophy. 


Assessment :

In Class Test, Essay.

Course Outline and Readings : Readings will be put on Blackboard































Department of Government & Politics Office

Room 2.48, 2nd floor, T12 YN60