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BA Irish and Politics

Academic Year 2019/20

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Programme Title BA Irish and Politics Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Arts
Programme Code IRC-BA-JS UCAS Code QL52 HECoS Code 100491
ATAS Clearance Required No
Mode of Study Full Time
Type of Programme Joint Honours Single Length of Programme 3 Academic Year(s) Total Credits for Programme 360
Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Arts, English and Languages

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Languages, Culture and Societies (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

Unless exempted by the Head of School on the basis of prior learning or exceptional personal/medical circumstances, students are normally required to spend a total of six weeks in the Gaeltacht in Ireland at an approved place of residence.

On completing Level 1, a Single Honours student in either of Irish or Politics who has completed 40 CATS at Level 1 in the other subject and has achieved an average mark across the 40 CATS of 60 or above may be admitted to this Joint Honours Programme subject to having obtained the approval of the Adviser of Studies in the subject in which they have only 40 CATS.

Students with protected characteristics

The School works with placement providers and partner institutions to ensure that students with disabilities are able to complete residence requirements.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The Joint Honours Programme in Irish and Politics is designed to provide students with an intellectual training in both disciplines which, while discrete subjects, are also complementary and mutually enriching. A key premise of the programme is that understanding the present and anticipating the future requires the ability to study and interpret the past and to appreciate how the insights of political analysis (e.g. political theory, political institutions, international relations) and the tools of literary and linguistic inquiry combine to illuminate political and historical developments, including those in the contemporary world. This joint programme is also designed to provide students with:

• advanced linguistic skills, which are informed by general language awareness, intercultural competence and high levels of critical thinking;

• knowledge of political perspectives on society and culture by relating theory and a range of comparative observations about people's lifestyles and a perspective from which students gain an understanding of socio-cultural differences and similarities and how they arise, are transmitted and develop;

• knowledge and understanding of the inter-relationship between texts and contexts, a familiarity with debates surrounding culture and identity, both individual and communal, and skills in synthesising and developing ideas and arguments from diverse literary and other contemporary sources.

This programme offers students the opportunity to analyse how cultural and literary texts are political, and how politics can be studied through its cultural and literary representations.

The programme is also designed to equip students with a range of skills which together foster the ability to practise self-motivated learning and increase the capacity to undertake independent learning in a progressive way.

Together, these subjects together equip individuals with the ability to:

• think critically, process and understand complex information;

• evaluate primary and secondary sources;

• interpret a variety of types of data and information;

• pursue independent learning;

• work well in groups and formulate arguments.

Furthermore, students benefit from a multi-disciplinary education which gives them a large skill set and opens a wide range of career options following graduation.

More generally, the Joint Programme in Irish and Politics aims to:

• attract students from local, national, and international contexts, through a variety of entry routes, and then provide and deliver the best possible learning and teaching experience, in an environment of equality, tolerance, and mutual respect;

• provide students with the necessary intellectual, practical, and key skills to enable them to develop as independent, reflective lifelong learners and able employees;

• develop a broad context for future employment, in which graduates appreciate the continuing value of an education in these two disciplines.

The programme will thereby foster an atmosphere of intellectual inquiry in each discipline, by offering modules which encourage a stimulating interchange of ideas.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

exercise sound, reasoned judgment;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

think independently, originally and in a constructively critical manner;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

appreciate a variety of textual and cultural perspectives on academic enquiry;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

engage with and interpret layers of meaning within texts;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

assess and appraise differing views on significant areas of academic debate;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

discriminate between what is central and what is peripheral to the issue in question;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

evaluate sources critically in their context;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

synthesise diverse primary evidence and subsequent academic comment;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

make judgments on the basis of varied and problematic evidence and according to the persuasiveness of the arguments or the reliability of the evidence used.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources, so as to formulate and support a line of reasoning, or argument;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and advocate solutions to problems;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement, primarily through essay writing;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

reflect on their own learning and seek and make use of constructive feedback;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

manage their own learning self critically;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

recognise the importance of explicit referencing and the ethical requirements of study, which requires critical and reflective use of information and information technology in the learning process;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

produce intellectually coherent academic analysis under time-managed conditions and within word limits;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

structure, manage and adapt strategies for self-directed independent research.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests, collaborate with peers, negotiate the demands of teamwork and develop their understanding of a topic.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

Student-centred learning situations encourage the ability to present and summarise knowledge to peers in a coherent, structured form, and to further enhance organisational and inter-personal skills.

Writing skills tutorials and lectures develop essay-writing on stylistic, structural, rhetorical and bibliographical levels. The ability to collate and obtain information is developed through introductory training in the use of libraries and online resources.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

Extended essays test their ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Coursework is required to be submitted in a specified form and to fixed deadlines, thus teaching students to learn to prioritise assignments and objectives and to hone their organisational and time-management skills.

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment and students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors. Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

manage time efficiently, work under pressure and to deadlines;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Student preparation for seminars requires them to read a variety of material and discuss this with their peers and the tutor. They may make individual or group presentations analysing the material in class.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments and evaluate information, and the ability to form a cogent, independent argument.
Written exams test students’ ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time. With coursework essays, students are required to adhere to strict deadlines.

digest material from various sources;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Student preparation for seminars requires them to read a variety of material and discuss this with their peers and the tutor. They may make individual or group presentations analysing the material in class.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments and evaluate information, and the ability to form a cogent, independent argument.
Written exams test students’ ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time. With coursework essays, students are required to adhere to strict deadlines.

evaluate and judge evidence and the quality of information

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Student preparation for seminars requires them to read a variety of material and discuss this with their peers and the tutor. They may make individual or group presentations analysing the material in class.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments and evaluate information, and the ability to form a cogent, independent argument.
Written exams test students’ ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time. With coursework essays, students are required to adhere to strict deadlines.

present high-quality analysis cogently and succinctly;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Student preparation for seminars requires them to read a variety of material and discuss this with their peers and the tutor. They may make individual or group presentations analysing the material in class.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments and evaluate information, and the ability to form a cogent, independent argument.
Written exams test students’ ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time. With coursework essays, students are required to adhere to strict deadlines.

collate and process information from an array of sources, including electronic media;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Student preparation for seminars requires them to read a variety of material and discuss this with their peers and the tutor. They may make individual or group presentations analysing the material in class.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments and evaluate information, and the ability to form a cogent, independent argument.
Written exams test students’ ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time. With coursework essays, students are required to adhere to strict deadlines.

use their knowledge in cogent, communicable ways to present arguments and clarify complex issues in both oral and written forms;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Student preparation for seminars requires them to read a variety of material and discuss this with their peers and the tutor. They may make individual or group presentations analysing the material in class.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments and evaluate information, and the ability to form a cogent, independent argument.
Written exams test students’ ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time. With coursework essays, students are required to adhere to strict deadlines.

present ideas and arguments orally in both formal and informal contexts;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Individual and group presentations

Methods of Assessment

Individual and group presentations

work effectively and creatively both independently and in a team setting;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Individual and group presentations

Methods of Assessment

Individual and group presentations

understand the role and use of feedback in assessing and improving performance;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors.

Methods of Assessment

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment on a customised feedback sheet.

respond constructively to criticism;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students may seek dedicated feedback sessions with course tutors.

Methods of Assessment

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment on a customised feedback sheet.

reflect on intellectual and professional priorities;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Personal Development Planning facilitates student reflection upon academic performance and assists in developing strategies for improvement.

Methods of Assessment

Feedback is provided for each type and instance of assessment on a customised feedback sheet.

use libraries and online resources;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminar preparation, research for presentations

Methods of Assessment

Research for essays and presentations

use IT skills (word processing, use of internet resources);

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminar preparation, research for presentations

Methods of Assessment

Coursework assignments (researching and writing)

take notes and summarise accurately and effectively;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars

Methods of Assessment

Essays, exams

demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, and adaptability.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars, individual and group presentations

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

detailed knowledge of oral and written forms of Irish (including register and dialect)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Language classes enable the development of grammatical accuracy, range of vocabulary and idiom, awareness of register, and fluency in Irish. Language exercises may include comprehension, résumé, essay, and translation.

Oral classes in small groups develop spoken-language skills.
The period of residence in the Gaeltacht allows students to improve their linguistic ability and their knowledge of the Irish language.

Methods of Assessment

Students complete a series of written exercises per semester. Individual feedback on these assignments enables students, with the help and guidance of the tutor, to address areas of difficulty and thus develop their linguistic knowledge and understanding.
Language examinations test students’ ability to translate into and from the target language, textual comprehension and their ability to formulate and structure arguments in the target language.
Oral examinations enable students to demonstrate their ability to analyse, present material and pursue high-level discussion in the target language.

knowledge of key aspects of contemporary Irish-language culture (literature, socio-linguistics, institutions, discourses, historical background and culture)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

The period of residence in the Gaeltacht allows students to improve their linguistic ability and their knowledge of the Irish-speaking world.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into Irish Language culture.

understanding of the role of the Irish language in contemporary Irish society and identity;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

The period of residence in the Gaeltacht allows students to improve their linguistic ability and their knowledge of the Irish-speaking world.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into Irish Language culture.

awareness of the historical background to Modern Irish language and literature

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

The period of residence in the Gaeltacht allows students to improve their linguistic ability and their knowledge of the Irish-speaking world.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into Irish Language culture.

knowledge of medieval varieties of the Irish language and their literatures

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

The period of residence in the Gaeltacht allows students to improve their linguistic ability and their knowledge of the Irish-speaking world.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into Irish Language culture.

a thorough knowledge and understanding of the central concepts, theoretical approaches and research methods used in Politics and their application

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

The period of residence in the Gaeltacht allows students to improve their linguistic ability and their knowledge of the Irish-speaking world.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into Irish Language culture.

a good understanding of how people's ideas and actions are shaped by their social and cultural contexts; some knowledge of how ethnography and cross-cultural comparison are used in generating, developing and evaluating political theory;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

The period of residence in the Gaeltacht allows students to improve their linguistic ability and their knowledge of the Irish-speaking world.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into Irish Language culture.

knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the nature and extent of diversity within selected cross-cultural fields such as kinship, economy, ecology, religion, politics, gender, art, music, science and morality; some knowledge and understanding of the nature and extent of cultural diversity within and between selected geographical regions; some understanding of what distinguishes Politics from other disciplines

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

The period of residence in the Gaeltacht allows students to improve their linguistic ability and their knowledge of the Irish-speaking world.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into Irish Language culture.

an ability to engage with the basic foundations of the discipline of Politics and have encountered and studied key political ideas and thinkers, understood the functions of political institutions, and delved into International Relations theory

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

The period of residence in the Gaeltacht allows students to improve their linguistic ability and their knowledge of the Irish-speaking world.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into Irish Language culture.

knowledge and understanding of the foundational concepts, debates, approaches and ideas in Politics, including different theoretical frameworks, specific country studies and comparisons, and research design and methodology; and of many sub-fields in the discipline including conflict studies, European politics, world politics, Irish politics and political economy

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Through class discussions, sometimes assigned to pairs or sub-groups, students develop a comparative understanding of different approaches to material and the ability to formulate their own arguments and responses.

The period of residence in the Gaeltacht allows students to improve their linguistic ability and their knowledge of the Irish-speaking world.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into Irish Language culture.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

communicate fluently and effectively with native Irish speakers in both oral and written contexts;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Through the wide variety of exercises used in written- and spoken-language classes (presentations, debate, résumé, essay, comprehension, grammar tests, translation), a whole range of language skills is developed and assessed. These include: knowledge and understanding of vocabulary, and of the structures and registers of language; translation skills; the structuring and development of arguments in Irish; fluency and idiom; summary and synthesising skills; planning and composing oral presentations/exposés. Grammatical knowledge is under constant review, and explanation, description and analysis of grammar forms an important part of language classes.

Methods of Assessment

Students complete a series of written exercises per semester. Individual feedback on these assignments enables students, with the help and guidance of the tutor, to address areas of difficulty and thus develop their linguistic knowledge and understanding.

Language examinations test students’ ability to translate into and from the target language, textual comprehension and their ability to formulate and structure arguments in the target language.

Oral examinations enable students to demonstrate their ability to analyse, present material and pursue high-level discussion in the target language.

demonstrate a high level of understanding of oral and written forms of Irish;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Through the wide variety of exercises used in written- and spoken-language classes (presentations, debate, résumé, essay, comprehension, grammar tests, translation), a whole range of language skills is developed and assessed. These include: knowledge and understanding of vocabulary, and of the structures and registers of language; translation skills; the structuring and development of arguments in Irish; fluency and idiom; summary and synthesising skills; planning and composing oral presentations/exposés. Grammatical knowledge is under constant review, and explanation, description and analysis of grammar forms an important part of language classes.

Methods of Assessment

Students complete a series of written exercises per semester. Individual feedback on these assignments enables students, with the help and guidance of the tutor, to address areas of difficulty and thus develop their linguistic knowledge and understanding.

Language examinations test students’ ability to translate into and from the target language, textual comprehension and their ability to formulate and structure arguments in the target language.

Oral examinations enable students to demonstrate their ability to analyse, present material and pursue high-level discussion in the target language.

deploy an appropriate range of vocabulary, structures and registers;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Through the wide variety of exercises used in written- and spoken-language classes (presentations, debate, résumé, essay, comprehension, grammar tests, translation), a whole range of language skills is developed and assessed. These include: knowledge and understanding of vocabulary, and of the structures and registers of language; translation skills; the structuring and development of arguments in Irish; fluency and idiom; summary and synthesising skills; planning and composing oral presentations/exposés. Grammatical knowledge is under constant review, and explanation, description and analysis of grammar forms an important part of language classes.

Methods of Assessment

Students complete a series of written exercises per semester. Individual feedback on these assignments enables students, with the help and guidance of the tutor, to address areas of difficulty and thus develop their linguistic knowledge and understanding.

Language examinations test students’ ability to translate into and from the target language, textual comprehension and their ability to formulate and structure arguments in the target language.

Oral examinations enable students to demonstrate their ability to analyse, present material and pursue high-level discussion in the target language.

draw on a wide variety of resources to refine and improve their knowledge and understanding of Irish;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Through the wide variety of exercises used in written- and spoken-language classes (presentations, debate, résumé, essay, comprehension, grammar tests, translation), a whole range of language skills is developed and assessed. These include: knowledge and understanding of vocabulary, and of the structures and registers of language; translation skills; the structuring and development of arguments in Irish; fluency and idiom; summary and synthesising skills; planning and composing oral presentations/exposés. Grammatical knowledge is under constant review, and explanation, description and analysis of grammar forms an important part of language classes.

Methods of Assessment

Students complete a series of written exercises per semester. Individual feedback on these assignments enables students, with the help and guidance of the tutor, to address areas of difficulty and thus develop their linguistic knowledge and understanding.

Language examinations test students’ ability to translate into and from the target language, textual comprehension and their ability to formulate and structure arguments in the target language.

Oral examinations enable students to demonstrate their ability to analyse, present material and pursue high-level discussion in the target language.

understand, evaluate and analyse texts in the Irish language

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

In the course of their programme, students have the opportunity to study literary, linguistic, historical, visual or cultural topics.

Lectures and seminars together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into the Irish Language culture.

synthesise ideas and develop arguments in Irish, drawing from a wide range of diverse sources;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

In the course of their programme, students have the opportunity to study literary, linguistic, historical, visual or cultural topics.

Lectures and seminars together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into the Irish Language culture.

Use appropriate methods of research and critical concepts specific to linguistic, cultural, literary and language-based studies

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

In the course of their programme, students have the opportunity to study literary, linguistic, historical, visual or cultural topics.

Lectures and seminars together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into the Irish Language culture.

formulate and express political ideas and arguments

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

In the course of their programme, students have the opportunity to study literary, linguistic, historical, visual or cultural topics.

Lectures and seminars together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into the Irish Language culture.

describe and evaluate political arguments made by others

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

In the course of their programme, students have the opportunity to study literary, linguistic, historical, visual or cultural topics.

Lectures and seminars together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into the Irish Language culture.

understand and address questions about cultural similarity and diversity

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

In the course of their programme, students have the opportunity to study literary, linguistic, historical, visual or cultural topics.

Lectures and seminars together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into the Irish Language culture.

understand the complex relationship between theoretical ideas and ethnography

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

In the course of their programme, students have the opportunity to study literary, linguistic, historical, visual or cultural topics.

Lectures and seminars together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into the Irish Language culture.

formulate and investigate politically-informed questions about social and cultural phenomena

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

In the course of their programme, students have the opportunity to study literary, linguistic, historical, visual or cultural topics.

Lectures and seminars together provide knowledge and the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply that knowledge to texts and real world contexts. They also provide specific contextual and theoretical information as well as offering practical examples of different critical approaches.

Seminars offer a variety of tutor-led and student-led learning opportunities as well as a more sustained opportunity to debate and evaluate a breadth of knowledge gained independently from directed reading and from the sharing of resources and information.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and essays require that students demonstrate coverage of material, appropriate methods of analysis, the ability to discriminate between arguments, and the ability to form an independent argument.

Written exams help students gain a knowledge of a topic that can be readily and directly applied to a set problem or question, and also test their ability to select relevant information and to write clearly and concisely within a set time

Extended essays test students’ ability to order and shape information, and to recognise ways in which to present and prioritise material.

Group presentations are used to encourage students to pursue their own interests and develop their understanding of a topic.

During the period of residence in the Gaeltacht, students complete a learning journal, in which they document and analyse their insights into the Irish Language culture.

MODULE INFORMATION

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Celtic Mythology CEL1033 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Perspectives on Politics PAI1007 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Comparative Politics PAI1009 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Contemporary Europe PAI1001 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
World Politics PAI1006 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Irish Folklore CEL1004 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Gaeilge 1 CEL1101 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 45% 20% 35%
Issues in Contemporary Politics PAI1003 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
What is to be done? Sustainability, climate change and just energy transitions in the Anthropocene PAI1010 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Politics and Policy of the European Union PAI2001 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Modern Political Thought PAI2005 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
The Politics of Deeply Divided Societies PAI2011 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Irish Politics PAI2013 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 35% 10% 55%
International Relations PAI2017 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Studying Politics PAI2043 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Kings and Warriors CEL2009 2 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 100% 0% 0%
American Politics PAI2018 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Security and Terrorism PAI2055 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
International Organisations PAI2056 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Irish Writing and the Short Story CEL2026 2 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 100% 0% 0%
Apocalypse! End of the World. HAP2065 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Gaeilge 2 CEL2101 2 40 YES YES 24 weeks Y YES 45% 20% 35%
British Politics in crisis? PAI2002 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 65% 0% 35%
Dúchas na Gaeilge: Skills in Irish Translation CEL2028 2 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 100% 0% 0%
Scannánaiocht na Gaeilge: Studies in Irish Film CEL2020 2 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 100% 0% 0%
Radical Musics: Understanding Sounds of Defiance across Disciplines HAP2000 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
The Northern Ireland Conflict and paths to peace HAP2001 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
The Politics of Irish Literature PAI3005 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Contemporary Political Philosophy PAI3025 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Internship PAI3097 3 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Gender and Politics PAI3008 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 0%
Middle Eastern Politics PAI3011 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Dissertation (Politics and International Studies) PAI3099 3 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Earth, Energy, Ethics and Economy: The Politics of Unsustainability PAI3026 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
European Cultural Identities PAI3027 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Politics of the Global Economy PAI3063 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
The Far Right in Western Europe and North America PAI3056 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 60% 0%
Ethics, Power and International Politics PAI3057 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Political Parties and Elections in Northern Ireland PAI3058 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
National and Ethnic Minorities in European Politics PAI3059 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Northern Ireland: A Case Study PAI3064 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Challenges to contemporary party politics PAI3067 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Politics, Public Administration and Policy-Making PAI3068 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
US Foreign Policy PAI3038 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Arms Control PAI3039 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Modern Irish Poetry CEL3026 3 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 100% 0% 0%
Security and Technology PAI3073 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Gaeilge 3 CEL3101 3 40 YES YES 24 weeks Y YES 45% 20% 35%
Global Pol. Econ. of Energy PAI3012 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
The Placement PAI3089 3 20 YES YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Language, Identity and the Emergence of Modern Irish Literature CEL3009 3 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 100% 0% 0%
Radical Hope:Inspiring Present-day Sustainability Transformations through an Examination of Our Past PAI3100 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%

Notes

Stage 1: In Irish, students must take the core module CEL1101 and ONE of the Stage 1 CEL optional modules listed In Politics, students must take the core modules PAI1007 and PAI1009 and ONE other Stage 1 module from the optional modules available * Students are normally required to spend a total of 3 weeks in the Gaeltacht in Ireland at an approved place of residence between Level 1 and Level 2

Stage 2: In Irish, students must take the core module CEL2101 and one of the Stage 2 CEL optional modules listed In Politics, students must take the two core modules PAI2005 and PAI2043 and one of the Stage 2 PAI optional modules available * Students are normally required to spend a total of 3 weeks in the Gaeltacht in Ireland at an approved place of residence between Level 2 and Level 3

Stage 3: In Irish, students must take the core module CEL3101 and ONE of the Stage 3 CEL optional modules listed In Politics, students must take either THREE from the Stage 3 PAI optional modules OR PAI3099 (double weighted) or PAI3097 (double weighted) plus ONE other from the PAI optional modules available * The choice of modules in Politics at Stage 3 may be determined by the student’s personal interests and any prerequisites for those modules at Stage 2. Some students may be interested in Political Theory modules, for an understanding of the frameworks and values that guide political decision making, while others may be interested in the institutions and structures of modern politics (e.g. the E.U.). Unless otherwise agreed, please ensure an even split between semesters when choosing optional modules * Students will be notified each academic year of the optional modules being offered in the following academic year. Students are advised that not all optional modules will necessarily be offered in each academic year. Also, the delivery of a module may be subject to a minimum number of enrolments as well as unforeseen circumstances (e.g. illness of a member of staff). The range and content of optional modules will change over time as degree programmes develop and students’ choice of optional modules may also be limited due to timetabling constraints.