Political Systems and Issues: Ireland (L2042)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module aims to provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the politics of contemporary Ireland. The module will introduce you to the key actors and institutions of the Irish political system. You will also explore academic debates on the changing politics of gender, class and religion in contemporary Ireland. Focus will be placed on the transformation of the Irish political economy, as well as on Ireland’s changing relations with the EU, and with the UK. Although the focus is on the Republic of Ireland, the module will also examine the history and legacy of the Northern Ireland conflict.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: