Political Institutions & Civil Society in Ireland

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political Institutions & Civil Society in Ireland

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Irish Culture, Political Science, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    5
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3
  • Overview

    This course seeks to introduce students to the principal institutions, processes and networks that define politics on both sides of the Irish border. The lectures will critically examine the principal agencies of the state and the nature of Irish civil society, including the role of social movements and community groups in complementing and contesting the functions and authority of the state. Given the recent history of conflict in Northern Ireland, it also turns attention to the impact of both the ''troubles'' and the ''peace process'' on political life either side of the Irish border.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    -Detail the major theories and key concepts used by social scientists to analyse political institutions, processes and networks in Ireland North and South.
    -Critically examine the principal agencies of the state and the nature of Irish civil society, including the role of social movements and community groups in complementing and contesting the functions and authority of the state.
    -Evaluate the empirical trends and patterns identified by social scientists examining issues such as: the impact of both the ''troubles'' and the ''peace process'' on political life either side of the Irish border.
    -Develop an independent and critical perspective on the social scientific analysis of the operation of political institutions and civil society on the island of Ireland.

    Teaching & Learning methods:
    24 lecture hours

    Assessment:
    Continuous Assessment: 50%
    University scheduled written examination: 50%

Course Disclaimer

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