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Course code: ARTS
CAO/PAC code: MH101
Points: 310
QQI: Yes click here for details
Closing date: 01 July 2024
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In the Politics programme you will explore the way politics shapes our lives, the different forms that politics can take, and how politics is organised in different countries. The degree combines the traditional study of political institutions (parties, parliaments, elections, policy-making and more), political ideologies (such as liberalism and socialism) and ideas (such as justice and freedom) with political sociology (examining the relationship between politics and society and how they shape each other).

  • Politics students do a placement with a focus on active citizenship, which provides “real world” experience of the issues raised in the teaching programme.
  • You will explore Irish and international politics, including a focus on Europe, and Latin America. You will also have an opportunity to carry out research into political life, developing analytical, communication and presentation skills.
  • We also offer the opportunity to study three Arts subjects to degree level - Philosophy, Politics and Economics. This 2nd and final year pathway is ideal for students who wish to gain a rich, empirically-based understanding of the challenges posed by globalisation and a globalised economy, political volatility and democracy.
  • Politics students have the opportunity to spend a year abroad, to go on staff-led field trips and to become actively involved in the Sociology and Politics Society in the MSU (Maynooth Students’ Union).
  • The Network on Power, Politics and Society (PPS) and the Maynooth University Centre for European and Eurasian Studies (MUCEES) are both important parts of the MU Politics programme.
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