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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 LG108X
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

To introduce students to the operation of the Irish political system and in so doing, enable the students to understand the operation of political systems more generally.

Learning Outcomes

1. - students will be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of the Irish political system and current affairs - students will have experience developing and defending policy proposals in written form - students will develop analytical skills which will allow them to consider an academic puzzle and develop and critically examine possible solutions to these puzzles

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Assignment Completion50No Description
Independent Study30No Description
Independent Study21No Description
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 legacyIrish political culture/cleavage structureBasic Institutions and constitutional developmentThe party systemElections and voting behaviour in IrelandThe Houses of the Oireachtas
Dail Eireann and Seanad Eireann - role and operationThe Government: Taoiseach and CabinetPolicy-making in Ireland: The bureacracy; other state bodies; non-state bodiesNorthern Ireland: origins and legacy of the conflictIreland 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 PressOther readings will provided in the syllabus and throughout the course,
Other Resources

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