In Stage 1, you will gain an understanding of political systems, how they work and the ideas that underpin them, examining how they operate in different countries of the world, making comparisons and looking at the fundamental questions of political philosophy. Alongside these you will study the principles of macro- and micro-economics. For this joint honours degree you must also take quantitative economics – which uses applied mathematical methods to solve economic problems at both the macro and the micro level.
As you progress through Stage 2 you will develop your understanding of comparative politics, international relations and political theory as well as your knowledge of economics and society. You will be introduced to the analysis of contemporary public policy and international political economy. You will have the opportunity to specialise in a range of areas such as Ireland, globalisation and European integration so that you can maximise the learning opportunities presented by these closely interrelated subjects.