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Archived Version 2007 - 2008

Module Title Irish Foreign Policy
Module Code LG525A
School School of Law & Government

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Module Co-ordinatorDr. Karen DevineOffice NumberC224
Level 1 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
To uncover the key assumptions and doctrines underpinning the conduct of Irish foreign policy. To explore the Irish foreign policy formulation process. To examine the key bilateral and multi-lateral external engagements of the Irish state since independence. To discuss current and future foreign policy dilemmas in the light of Ireland's experience.

Learning Outcomes
Students should have a good general grasp of key aspects of Irish foreign policy since independence, of the dynamics of foreign policy formulation, and of emerging issues for Ireland in European and international affairs.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 12
Seminars 12
Independent Learning Time 126

Total 150
Assume that a 10 credit module load represents approximately 150 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
The roots of Irish foreign policy ideas; ideals, concepts and premises in Irish foreign policy formulation and operation; the foreign policy process and domestic politics; Anglo-Irish, Irish-American, and Irish-European relations; Ireland and the post-colonial world; Ireland and European integration; Ireland and the international community.
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List
Much of this course is documents based. For indicative readings see the following:? Department of Foreign Affairs, Challenges and Opportunities Abroad: White Paper on Foreign Policy. Stationery Office, 1996.? Fanning, R., with M. Kennedy, D. Keogh & E O'Halpin (eds.), Documents on Irish Foreign Policy volumes, I, II, III & IV: 1919-1922, 1923- 26, 1926-1932, 1932-1936. Royal Irish Academy/Department of Foreign Affairs, 1998, 2002, 2004. ? Geiger, T and M. Kennedy, Ireland, Europe and the Marshall Plan, Four Courts Press, 2004? Girvin, B, From Union to Union, Act of Union to EU, Gill and Macmillan, 2002.? Girvin, B and G Roberts, Ireland and the Second World War: Politics, Society and Remembrance, Four Courts Press, 2000? Keatinge, P., European Security: Ireland's Choices. Institute of European Affairs, 1996. ? Kennedy, M., Ireland and the League of Nations, 1919-1946. Irish Academic Press, 1996.? Kennedy, M., and J. Skelly (eds) Irish Foreign Policy, 1919-1969: From independence to internationalism, Four Courts Press, 2000? Keogh, D., Ireland and Europe, 1919-1989, Hibernian University Press, 1989.? Murphy, G, Economic Realignment and the Politics of EEC Entry, Ireland 1948-1972, Maunsel Press, Washington, 2003.? O'Halpin, E., Defending Ireland: the Irish State and its Enemies since 1922. Oxford University Press, 1999.? Skelly, J. Irish Diplomacy at the United Nations, 1945-1965. Irish Academic Press, 1997.? Whelan, Bernadette, Ireland and the Marshall Plan, 1947-1957, Four Courts Press, 2000.
Programme or List of Programmes
MIRMA in International Relations