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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title The Irish Political System
Module Code LG108
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Deiric O'Broin
Semester 2: Deiric O'Broin
Autumn: Deiric O'Broin
Module TeachersDeiric O'Broin
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module introduces students to the operation of the Irish political system and in so doing, enables students to understand the operation of political systems more generally.

Learning Outcomes

1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the Irish political system
2. describe the policy making process
3. explain the origins of the Northern Ireland conflict
4. explain Ireland's role in the EU

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Independent Study51Preparation for Assignment (Reading)
Independent Study52Preparation for Assignment (Research)
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The origins of the Irish state and its legacy

Irish political culture / cleavage / structure

Basic institutions and constitutional development

The party system

Elections and voting behaviour

The Houses of the Oireachtas: Dail Eireann and Seanad Eireann - role and operation

The Government: Taoiseach and Cabinet


The bureacracy; other state bodies; non-state bodies

Northern Ireland: origins and legacy of the conflict

Ireland and the EU: a changing relationship?

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • 0: The core text for this course is Coakley, John and Michael Gallagher 2005. Politics in the Republic of Ireland 4th ed. London: Routledge and PSAI Press, 81989
  • 0:
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
BAJIBachelor of Arts (BAJI)
BAJMBachelor of Arts (BAJM)
BAJPBachelor of Arts (BAJP)
BSSAStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
EPLBA in Economics, Politics and Law
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
Date of Last Revision05-OCT-10

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