|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BA (Hons))|
In a rapidly changing international economic, political, security and environmental context the tools of Political Science and Geography are becoming increasingly important to analyse global problems and provide policy solutions.
The two disciplines have been associated through the sub-fields of political geography, which covers geographical differences in voting patterns, for example, and through geopolitics, which examines how the great powers influence other parts of the planet. Global challenges, such as climate change, the movement of migrants, or the rise of right wing populism require interdisciplinary perspectives on the social, political and environmental aspects of these phenomena. The course Political Science and Geography aims to provide the student with the interdisciplinary set of tools necessary to understand and address these growing challenges.
If you are interested in the disciplines of Political Science and Geography and you hope to develop a critical understanding of the relationship between the earth’s natural and human phenomena and its political institutions and systems, then this is the course for you. Trinity, with its world-renowned research faculty, facilities, and unique emphasis on transferable methodological skills, will provide you the tools that you need and that employers seek.
The Departments of Political Science and Geography have some of the foremost scholars and lecturers in their field who are committed to providing cutting edge research and teaching.
The Department of Political Science, www.tcd.ie/Political_Science, is one of the top political science departments in Europe. In the 2019 QS world rankings it was ranked in the top 100..
Political science been an important part of the curriculum since 1855 and Trinity has developed an international reputation for its research work on the European Union, comparative politics, comparative public opinion, international relations as well as democracy and development. You will acquire highly desirable skills, from the ability to analyse facts and theory critically, to more tangible methodological tools needed in nearly every career.
Geography, www.tcd.ie/Geography, at Trinity is a world leading department, ranked in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019). Staff have received major research grants from the European Research Council, United States National Science Foundation and Irish Research Council. The department delivers an exciting curriculum which covers topics from global sustainability to the landscapes of Mars, delivered by world leading experts in their fields. Students also have the opportunity to undertake overseas fieldwork, to study overseas and to undertake substantial (guided) Capstone project.
The pathways available are Single Honors, Major with Minor and Joint Honors.
Careers for graduates lie in fields such as public and European affairs, overseas assistance, resource management and risk assessment, the supply of environmental-related advice to governments and industry, the study and practice of environmental policymaking, and teaching and higher education.
The varied and exciting career paths of some of our graduates can be found at: www.tcd.ie/careers/resources/publications
In the first two years you will take modules that will each require attendance, on average, of two hours of lectures and one tutorial per week. In fourth year there is a reduction in the number of modules required to allow greater depth of study and more independent work.
In first year you will study three Geography modules covering ‘Human Geography: Society and Space’, ‘The Anthropocene’ and ‘Spaceship Earth: An Introduction to Earth System Science’ and three Political Science modules covering Introduction to Political Science, Introduction to Sociology and Introduction to Economic Policy.
In second year you will study Geography modules covering Physical Geography, Human Geography and Geography seminars, and Political Science modules covering Comparative Politics, International Relations, and the History of Political Thought. You will also have the option to study a Trinity Elective.
In third year students take Geography modules which are drawn from a list of options (see www.tcd.ie/Geography for more information). For those students planning to continue Geography in fourth year as their sole subject, advanced research methods in Geography is compulsory. On the Political Science side, students may take any three options (see https://www.tcd.ie/Political_Science/undergraduate/module-outlines/ to view the modules currently offered); students intending to take Political Science alone in the fourth year must take Research Methods for Political Science in their third year.
In fourth year, students may take both subjects equally or one subject alone. See www.tcd.ie/Geography/undergraduate/political-science-geography to view the current modules offered for fourth year students in Geography and www.tcd.ie/Political_Science/undergraduate/module-outlines/ for those offered in Political Science. Most modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination performance.
There are opportunities for students to spend all or part of the third year studying abroad in the Czech Republic (Charles University Prague), United Kingdom (Exeter University), France (University of Bordeaux III, and The University of Paris Sorbonne), the Netherlands (University of Utrecht), Sweden (Stockholm University), Poland or Spain. Participating in these opportunities is dependent upon the exchange fulfilling the course requirements of both departments.