The Higher Diploma in Politics consists of modules to the value of 60 credits. You must take two classes that teach core research and analytical skills:
PO2001 Political Analysis (5 credits)
PO3001 Dissertation (10 credits)
You must also take 5 credits from each of the Departments subject groups in second year (15 credits) and 5 credits from each of the Departments subject groups in third year (15 credits). The remaining 15 credits can be taken from any of the second or third year modules, subject to timetable constraints. This allows you considerable flexibility to build your diploma around your personal interests in politics.
The list of available modules is a long one, but representative modules include:
Issues in Irish Politics
Ethics and Moral Psychology
Violence and War
Comparative European Politics
Politics in Northern ireland
Gender Perspectives on Politics
Politics of an individual country (including China and the USA)
Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Registration with the Teaching Council: For applicants who are taking the Higher Diploma with a view to Teaching Council subject registration in Civic Social and Political Education, in general, if you wish to qualify as a teacher, you are advised to refer to the school curriculum and match the modules to that broad field. Modules are chosen in consultation with the programme coordinator in September.
Many subjects have discipline-specific requirements and you are advised to check the requirements for the subject area by consulting the following:
Curricular Subject Requirements: Teaching Council: Curriculur Subject Requirements
Subject Declaration Forms (including a self-assessment checklist of whether you meet the requirements for your subject area): Teaching Council Subject Declaration Forms
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.
In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments.