Study Law and Government at Dublin City University IrelandThe School of Law and Government is committed to
excellence in teaching and research. Members of the School teach on a wide
range of undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes. The School has
teaching and research interests in a number of areas. One of its areas of
expertise is International Studies. In this area, the School hosts a
research organisation, the Centre for International Studies www.dcu.ie/~cis/
The School also has responsibility for the following taught programmes:
the BA in International Relations, and the Graduate Programme in
BA in International Relations
The BA in International Relations is a three-year
undergraduate programme. The aim of the programme is to provide students
with a critical understanding of the major issues and debates in
contemporary global politics. It enables students to explore the social
structure of contemporary societies, to examine their historical
development and to analyse their political systems through the prism of
In each year of the programme, students take core
international relations modules and an elective. The core modules include
topics such as International Public Law, Foreign Policy, International
Governance and European Union Law. The elective subject may be either
American Studies or a language, such as Intermediate German. The American
Studies elective includes modules such as the Emergence of Modern America,
the American Political System and America and the Wider World. In
addition, in year one students take a year-long interdisciplinary module
that provides core learning skills. In year two, students take a
compulsory independent study project with a taught skills element. In year
three, students may choose from optional international relations modules.
Subject to staff availability and student demand, the optional modules
offered include Policy and Politics of the European Union, Latin America,
and International Human Rights Law.
The programme is designed to provide students with key transferable
skills, including oral and written communication, critical thinking and
analysis, teamwork, and research techniques. Graduates of this course will
be particularly well qualified for careers with public or private
organisations and agencies concerned with politics and conflict. They will
possess a valuable flexibility of mind and wide range of knowledge
acquired through multidisciplinary study which makes them ideally suited
for work with international, governmental or non-governmental institutions
that are interested in global issues. The multidisciplinary nature of the
study means that they can also proceed to a broad range of postgraduate
courses in the social sciences and history. They will also have the
opportunity of broadening their language skills and increasing their
employment prospects as a result.
Students wishing to apply for the BA in International Relations should
contact the programme director, Dr Gary Murphy (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
tel. + 353 1 700 5664).
Graduate Programme in International Governance
The Graduate Programme in International Governance
comprises two taught Masters: the MA in International Relations and the MA
in Globalisation. Both MAs are one-year postgraduate degrees.
Students on both MAs take a number of core modules
in Semester One (October- December). In Semester Two (February-May)
students choose from a number of optional modules (each module is offered
subject to staff availability and sufficient student demand). In addition,
in both semesters there are compulsory modules in Research Methods.
Students also complete a major dissertation (15-20, 000 words), on which
they must make presentations during the teaching year and which must be
submitted in early September after all the taught work has been completed.
Both MAs are suitable for recent graduates in any
discipline and for those with some years’ work experience in
international organisations, development, government, business or
education. Those accepted for the MAs will normally have an honours
primary degree or equivalent, although appropriate combinations of
professional qualifications and experience may be accepted as equivalent
to an honours degree in accordance with the relevant regulations of the
MA in International Relations
The MA in International Relations programme was
established in 1997. Since its incEdgewater Collegeon it has attracted graduates from a
wide range of countries, including students from Australia, Bosnia,
Britain, Canada, Germany, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Nigeria,
Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Vietnam, and the USA.
The programme aims to provide a broad theoretical
understanding of the forces shaping the contemporary world and of the
challenges which these pose both to individual states and to the
international community. Issues in international relations are approached
from a range of disciplines and perspectives, with the intention of
providing students with the analytical tools and the basic knowledge
necessary both for sustained scholarly enquiry and for a practical
understanding of contemporary issues in international affairs.
The principal objectives of the programme are:
develop in students a detailed understanding of the key concepts, forces
and processes underpinning contemporary international relations.
provide an in-depth knowledge of the ways in which contemporary world
politics and the international regulatory environment shape the role and
character of the principal actors on the world stage, including national
and multi-national business, international institutions of governance and
co-operation, and non-governmental organisations.
the extensive participation of guest speakers on the programme, to provide
insights into the calculations and motivations of policy makers, operators
and commentators in international politics, economics, diplomacy,
development, international security, international public and private law,
and other dimensions of international studies;.
develop critical perspectives on contemporary world affairs, in realms
such as human rights, international trade and political economy, national
and international security, international media and communications,
international politics, and development.
MA in Globalisation
The MA in Globalisation provides students with the
skills and abilities to understand the pressures giving rise to and
created by globalisation. For students with some years’ work experience
in the field, the programme also provides a basis for further professional
development within their chosen career.
The principal objectives of the programme are:
develop in students a detailed understanding of the key concepts
underpinning contemporary globalisation.
provide an in-depth knowledge of the manner in which contemporary world
politics and the international regulatory environment shapes the role and
character of the principal actors on the world stage, including
international institutions, non-governmental organisations and the growing
anti-global capitalism movement.
develop in students a critical perspective concerning the range of issues
arising on the contemporary international world stage, including
international political economy, global governance, international law,
regional conflict, national and international security policies, Third
World solidarity and international human rights.
provide students with strong research skills in the area of globalisation
and international relations more generally.
Students wishing to apply for either the MA in International Relations
or the MA in Globalisation should contact the programme director, Dr John
Doyle (e-mail: email@example.com;
tel. + 353 1 700 8084).
More information about the School, including details of all the
School’s programmes and research activities, is available at www.dcu.ie/law_and_government/index.shtml
Professor Robert Elgie
Paddy Moriarty Professor of Government and
School of Law and Government
Dublin City University
Students wishing to apply for the BA in
International Relations should contact the programme director:
Tel: + 353 1 700 5664
Students wishing to apply for either the MA in
International Relations or the MA in Globalisation should contact the
Dr John Doyle
Tel: + 353 1 700 8084
More information about the School, including
details of all the School’s programmes and research activities, is