Government affects our day-to-day lives. It affects the food we eat, the healthcare we receive and the taxes we pay. Modern-day governance occurs at many levels: local, regional, national, European and international.
The MSc in Government helps you understand contemporary government governance. In doing so it examines issues such as developments in democratic theory, regulatory reform, governance and international relations. It also examines contemporary policy debates at the local, national, European and international levels, looking at political reform in the Irish context, the changing dynamics of European governance as well as the challenges faced by democracy and the protection/advancement of human rights in the twenty-first century.
The MSc in Government is suitable for graduates of social science, arts, commerce, law or related disciplines.
Lectures for full-time students of the MSc Government take place all day Thursday and Friday. The course is designed in this way to provide students with ample time to read the materials discussed in advance of the seminar style classes and to prepare the presentations that are part of the ongoing continuing assessment.
This format also facilitates part-time students.
In year 1, part-time students take the following modules:
GV6113 Governance and policy processes in the European Union
GV6114 The Changing Dynamics of Governance
GV6115 European Security
GV6118 Political Participation and Mobilisation
These modules take place on Fridays in semesters 1 and 2.
In year 2 part-time students take:
GV6102 Political Science Research Methods
GV6103 Re-imagining Democratic Politics in a Changing World
These modules are timetabled for Thursdays in semesters 1 and 2.
In recent years, students on the MSc Government have travelled on a field trip to PSAI (Political Science Association of Ireland) public events in Dublin.