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The 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 International Governance.

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 international relations.

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: gary.murphy@dcu.ie; 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 University.

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:

· to develop in students a detailed understanding of the key concepts, forces and processes underpinning contemporary international relations.

· to 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.

· through 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;.

· to 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:

· to develop in students a detailed understanding of the key concepts underpinning contemporary globalisation.

· to 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.

· to 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.

· To 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: john.doyle@dcu.ie; 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 International Studies

School of Law and Government

Dublin City University

Dublin 9

Ireland

 

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Students wishing to apply for the BA in International Relations should contact the programme director:

Dr Gary Murphy

Email: gary.murphy@dcu.ie

Tel: + 353 1 700 5664

 

Students wishing to apply for either the MA in International Relations or the MA in Globalisation should contact the programme director:

 

Dr John Doyle

Email:

john.doyle@dcu.ie;

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/

 

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