CAO Code: DC231 Contact: Dr Michael Doherty, email@example.com Tel: +353 1 700 7814 Room: C227 Fee information Indicative Timetable (Weeks 20-31) Programme Overview: Do you have an interest in major world issues? Would you like to know more about the social structure and political systems of contemporary societies? By the end of the course you will not only have learned more about politics, development and area studies from a global perspective but you will have developed oral and written communication skills, critical thinking and analysis, team work and research techniques. Programme Description: Understand the major issues and debates in contemporary global politics. By studying the BA in International Relations (IR) not only will you discover more about a variety of issues and debates in global politics, you will find out about the forces which shape contemporary societies. You will learn about such issues as globalisation, third-world debt, American foreign policy and will be provided with an understanding of institutions including the European Union and the United Nations. Programme Structure: Combined with the extensive elective modules available, you will have plenty of flexibility in what you choose to study, alongside the core elements. Elective modules start in Year 1, so you can choose an elective from either intermediate French, ab-initio (beginner level), intermediate German or Spanish, American studies, or intercultural studies. This elective module will run for each of the three years. IR is normally a three year course. However, you can also elect to spend an extra year abroad in one of our partner universities – in the US, France, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Denmark and Sweden. This is an excellent opportunity to experience first hand another society. You then complete the final year of your course in DCU.