Politics & Society

Who is this course for?
Secondary school teachers who wish to upskill in order to teach Politics and Society on the Leaving Certificate Curriculum and for those wishing to pursue further studies in this area for professional development reasons.

Course Profile
This course is specifically designed to meet the needs of teachers who wish to teach Politics and Society on the Leaving Certificate Curriculum. The course content is tailored to correspond with the four strands of learning on the Politics and Society curriculum, therefore providing students with the skills, knowledge, learning and teaching methodologies required to engage with this discipline.

Entry requirements

Applicants wishing to undertake the course for the purposes of teaching must have competed a level 8 honours degree in order to meet Teaching Council requirements. Other applicants must have completed a level 7 Diploma or higher qualification.

Assessment Info

Assessments will consist of a combination of written assignments and online exercises and activities.

Subjects taught

The course covers a broad range of subject matter within the Disciplines of Political Science and Sociology, but focuses specifically on: Power and Decision Making, Active Citizenship, Human Rights and Globalisation and Localisation. The course is delivered in a blended learning format combining face-to-face seminars with online study throughout the academic year.




2 years, part-time.
Blended Learning


Fees: (per annum)
EU: €2,035 Non-EU: €2,535

Enrolment dates

Starts on September 2018

Post Course Info

What career or further study opportunities are there?
Students can proceed to level 9 through the Masters in Political Science and Sociology.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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