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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Research & Methods in EU Law & Policy
Module Code LG5036A
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Christy Petit
Semester 2: Christy Petit
Autumn: Christy Petit
Module TeachersChristy Petit
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module provides a critical examination of contemporary issues in public policy. It introduces a range of methodologies used to study policy documents, movements, trends and phenomena. It looks at the intersection of politics and policy making exploring local and global contexts and influences. The module examines the importance of policy institutions and decision-making processes and develops students’ knowledge by focusing on key issues. At the same time, it will provide the necessary tools to critically reflect on some of the most important issues and tensions facing policy makers today.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explore the role of history, politics and economics in influencing aspects of policy.
2. Analyse and discuss theories, concepts and critiques of policy.
3. Explore and critique how policy is developed and enacted at the macro, meso and micro levels.
4. Evaluate the role of key actors in policy development.
5. Critique the relationship between key actors in policy development.
6. Identify, investigate and critique key issues facing policy makers.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Class Presentation36No Description
Directed learning90Preparatory readings for class and background readings for assessments.
Assignment Completion102Preparing and submitting a research paper.
Total Workload: 250

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

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

  • Paul Cairney: 2019, Understanding Public Policy: Theories and Issues, 2nd, Red Globe Press, London,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MELPMaster of Arts in European Law & Policy

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