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BA Humanities History & Politics (DN530/HPS1)

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ, Credits 240)
Academic Year 2024/2025
Study Abroad
Scholarships Available
Duration:
4 Year(s)
Next Intake:
2024/2025 September
General Entry Requirements (A-Level)

CCC

General Entry Requirements (IB)

24

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
Visit the UCD Global Undergraduate Entry Requirements webpage.

Curricular information is subject to change.

History and Politics is a classic combination of subjects for students looking to investigate the workings of government and society in contemporary and historical perspectives. You will examine why society has changed and seek to understand the issues facing societies across the globe today. Through both subjects, the course will teach you the essential skills of writing, critical thinking, evaluating evidence, and assessing data. This course offers an excellent interdisciplinary preparation by combining historical research with political science and political theory.

About this Course

You will study Irish, European, and world history, engaging with political, cultural, social, and economic aspects of history, and investigating historical change, from the impact of ideas to the role of class, gender, and race. You will also study International Relations and a variety of political issues including political conflict, development, human rights, and political economy, always with a focus on the role of government, public policy, and citizens.

First Year

The core first year module is an interdisciplinary module fusing historical and political science approaches to a chosen case study. You will take foundational courses in both history and politics.

Second Year

In your second year, you will begin to deepen your knowledge by taking core and elective modules in History and Politics. In History, these modules will allow you to focus on particular countries, themes and periods, alongside the core module History Today. In Politics, you will study modules ranging from international relations to human rights, alongside a core Research Methods module.

Third Year 

You will choose from a range of options that will enable you to broaden your horizons and enrich your academic experience:

  • Apply for a competitive internship in an area that interests you and/or relates to your area of study.
  • Study abroad for a trimester/year to develop your language skills and immerse yourself in a new culture.
  • Deepen your knowledge by studying a dedicated range of History and Politics modules.

Fourth Year

Students take option modules in both subjects in fourth year. The culmination of the programme is a capstone project, where you will work closely with a supervisor to complete a dissertation in history, politics, or an interdisciplinary mix of both.

For detailed information on subject content click here.

Below is a list of all modules offered for this degree in the current academic year. Click on the module to discover what you will learn in the module, how you will learn and assessment feedback profile amongst other information.

Incoming Stage 1 undergraduates can usually select an Elective in the Spring Trimester. Most continuing undergraduate students can select up to two Elective modules (10 Credits) per stage. There is also the possibility to take up to 10 extra Elective credits.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
HIS10070 The Making of Modern Europe: 1500-2000 Autumn

5

HIS10410 Elections, parliaments, and state formation Autumn

5

HIS10450 Radicals and Revolutionaries Autumn

5

INRL10020 Foundations of Intl Relations Autumn

5

POL10170 Foundations in Political Research Autumn

5

HIS10310 Ireland's English Centuries Spring

5

HIS10320 The Making of Modern Ireland, 1800-2000 Spring

5

POL10160 Foundations of Contemporary Politics Spring

5

POL10180 Foundations of Pol Theory Spring

5

Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options
     
HIS10080 Rome to Renaissance Autumn

5

DSCY10050 War: Ancient and modern Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

DSCY10120 Contagion & Control Spring

5

HIS10440 The United States, 1776-1991 Spring

5

INRL20110 Intro to Middle East Politics Spring

5

POL10120 Foundations in Global Development Spring

5

POL20250 Irish Politics Spring

5

Stage 1 Options
     
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
HIS21140 History Today Autumn

5

INRL20040 Theories and Concepts in International Relations Autumn

5

POL20010 Individuals and the State: The Idea of Freedom in the History of Political Thought Autumn

5

POL20020 Comparative Politics Spring

5

POL20050 Research Methods in Political Science Spring

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options
     
HIS20670 The French Revolution Autumn

5

HIS21180 Landscapes Remade: People and Place in Ireland, 1500-1800 Autumn

5

HIS21240 Celts, Romans and Vikings: The Formation of Early Ireland Autumn

5

HIS21320 Sport and the modern world Autumn

5

HIS21340 The Irish at War, 1914-1998 Autumn

5

INRL20080 Irish Foreign Policy Autumn

5

INRL20160 Introduction to European Union Politics Autumn

5

POL20260 Introduction to Chinese Politics Autumn

5

DEV20010 Topics in Intl Development Spring

5

DEV20130 Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Spring

5

HIS20460 Islam and Christianity in the Middle Ages Spring

5

HIS20820 Nazi Germany Spring

5

HIS20950 European Statecraft, Strategy & Culture, c. 1470-c.1770: Personalities & Power Spring

5

HIS21120 Northern Ireland, 1920-2010: from partition to Paisley Spring

5

HIS21330 Global Asia Spring

5

INRL20110 Intro to Middle East Politics Spring

5

POL10120 Foundations in Global Development Spring

5

POL20250 Irish Politics Spring

5

Stage 2 Options
     
Stage 3 Options
     
HIS31250 Dynastic Politics, Culture & Diplomacy in Post-Westphalian Germany Autumn

10

HIS31320 The Irish Revolution, 1910-1923 Autumn

10

HIS31840 The First World War: cultures and consequences Autumn

10

HIS31860 Slavery and the New World Autumn

10

HIS32310 Revolutionary Russia, 1905-1921 Autumn

5

HIS32350 Alcohol, Drugs & Society Autumn

10

HIS32380 Genocide & Mass Violence in the Twentieth Century Autumn

5

HIS32650 Migration Nation: The Irish Migration Experience since 1945 Autumn

10

HIS32690 Revolution and War in Twentieth-Century Vietnam Autumn

10

HIS32730 The Digital Humanities Autumn

10

HIS32850 Settler colonialism Autumn

10

HIS32860 Jonathan Swift and Ireland Autumn

10

HIS32900 Questions in History Autumn

5

HIS32950 Weimar Germany Autumn

10

HIS32970 The 1641 Rebellion Autumn

10

HIS32980 Britain's War Northern Ireland Autumn

10

HIS33010 Global History before AD 1000 Autumn

10

HIS33020 United States and the World Autumn

10

HIS33040 Medicine and Miracles Autumn

10

HUM30020 Internship-Autumn (Humanities) Autumn

30

INRL20080 Irish Foreign Policy Autumn

5

INRL20160 Introduction to European Union Politics Autumn

5

INRL30320 Gender in War & Peace Autumn

10

INRL30370 Terrorism & Political Violence Autumn

10

POL20260 Introduction to Chinese Politics Autumn

5

POL30640 Deliberative Mini-Publics Autumn

10

POL30820 Political Risk and Foreign Direct Investment Autumn

10

POL30880 Capitalism and Democracy Autumn

10

POL30890 The Politics of Organised Crime Autumn

10

POL36070 Political Psychology Autumn

10

POL36120 Gender, Religion & Colonialism Autumn

10

HIS32620 US Pivots To Asia, 1890s-1950s Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

HIS32710 Manufacturing Truth in the Modern World Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

DEV20010 Topics in Intl Development Spring

5

DEV20130 Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Spring

5

ECON30500 Field Experiments Social Sci Spring

5

HIS31280 Rise, Fall, Rise of Modern Japan Spring

10

HIS31310 Madness and Civilisation Spring

10

HIS31400 British Atlantic History, 1607-1776 Spring

10

HIS31760 Irish Foreign Policy, 1919-73: A Place Among the Nations Spring

10

HIS31900 Roads to Heaven & Hell Spring

10

HIS31960 Satan in the Middle Ages Spring

10

HIS32330 A History of Decadence: Sex, Spectacle and Corruption in Eighteenth-Century Venice Spring

10

HIS32430 Florence 1200 - 1400 Spring

10

HIS32460 Conquering Ireland, 1579-1691 Spring

5

HIS32540 Everyday life in War and Revolution in Ireland, 1914-23 Spring

10

HIS32720 Frontiers of Empire Spring

10

HIS32940 Devolution, Dominion, Democracy: Ireland's constitutional history north and south, 1870-2007 Spring

10

HIS32960 Pills, Patents & Policies Spring

10

HIS32990 1942: The World at War Spring

10

HIS33000 Political Violence in Ireland Spring

10

HIS33030 Women and Ethical Action in the First Millennium CE Spring

10

HIS33060 From the Ashes of Empire Spring

10

HUM30030 Internship- Spring (Humanities) Spring

30

HUM30050 Writing for Life: employability skills for arts and humanities students Spring

5

INRL20110 Intro to Middle East Politics Spring

5

INRL30340 Internat. Political Economy Spring

10

INRL30400 EU Foreign Policy: understanding how the European Union and its member states engage with the world Spring

10

MUS31330 Post-Truth, Politics & Music Spring

5

POL10120 Foundations in Global Development Spring

5

POL20250 Irish Politics Spring

5

POL30660 Data Analytics for Social Sciences Spring

10

POL30680 Gender and Politics Spring

10

POL30690 Introduction to Asian Politics Spring

10

POL36100 Strategies of Politics Spring

10

POL36110 Comparative Political Theory Spring

10

POL36130 Liberalism & its Critics Spring

10

POL36150 Feminist Pers. on Social Pol. Spring

10

HIS33050 Science and Environment

10

Stage 3 Options
     
Stage 4 Options
     
HIS30550 Research Skills Seminar Autumn

5

HIS31250 Dynastic Politics, Culture & Diplomacy in Post-Westphalian Germany Autumn

10

HIS31320 The Irish Revolution, 1910-1923 Autumn

10

HIS31840 The First World War: cultures and consequences Autumn

10

HIS31860 Slavery and the New World Autumn

10

HIS32310 Revolutionary Russia, 1905-1921 Autumn

5

HIS32350 Alcohol, Drugs & Society Autumn

10

HIS32380 Genocide & Mass Violence in the Twentieth Century Autumn

5

HIS32650 Migration Nation: The Irish Migration Experience since 1945 Autumn

10

HIS32690 Revolution and War in Twentieth-Century Vietnam Autumn

10

HIS32730 The Digital Humanities Autumn

10

HIS32850 Settler colonialism Autumn

10

HIS32860 Jonathan Swift and Ireland Autumn

10

HIS32900 Questions in History Autumn

5

HIS32950 Weimar Germany Autumn

10

HIS32970 The 1641 Rebellion Autumn

10

HIS32980 Britain's War Northern Ireland Autumn

10

HIS33010 Global History before AD 1000 Autumn

10

HIS33020 United States and the World Autumn

10

HIS33040 Medicine and Miracles Autumn

10

INRL20080 Irish Foreign Policy Autumn

5

INRL20160 Introduction to European Union Politics Autumn

5

INRL30320 Gender in War & Peace Autumn

10

INRL30370 Terrorism & Political Violence Autumn

10

POL20260 Introduction to Chinese Politics Autumn

5

POL30640 Deliberative Mini-Publics Autumn

10

POL30820 Political Risk and Foreign Direct Investment Autumn

10

POL30860 Advanced Seminar in Politics 1 Autumn

5

POL30880 Capitalism and Democracy Autumn

10

POL30890 The Politics of Organised Crime Autumn

10

POL36070 Political Psychology Autumn

10

POL36120 Gender, Religion & Colonialism Autumn

10

HIS32620 US Pivots To Asia, 1890s-1950s Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

HIS32710 Manufacturing Truth in the Modern World Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

HIS32840 Dissertation Autumn and Spring (separate)

15

DEV20010 Topics in Intl Development Spring

5

DEV20130 Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Spring

5

ECON30500 Field Experiments Social Sci Spring

5

HIS31280 Rise, Fall, Rise of Modern Japan Spring

10

HIS31310 Madness and Civilisation Spring

10

HIS31400 British Atlantic History, 1607-1776 Spring

10

HIS31510 Religion & Society in Independent Ireland, 1922-1968 Spring

10

HIS31760 Irish Foreign Policy, 1919-73: A Place Among the Nations Spring

10

HIS31900 Roads to Heaven & Hell Spring

10

HIS32330 A History of Decadence: Sex, Spectacle and Corruption in Eighteenth-Century Venice Spring

10

HIS32430 Florence 1200 - 1400 Spring

10

HIS32460 Conquering Ireland, 1579-1691 Spring

5

HIS32540 Everyday life in War and Revolution in Ireland, 1914-23 Spring

10

HIS32720 Frontiers of Empire Spring

10

HIS32940 Devolution, Dominion, Democracy: Ireland's constitutional history north and south, 1870-2007 Spring

10

HIS32960 Pills, Patents & Policies Spring

10

HIS32990 1942: The World at War Spring

10

HIS33000 Political Violence in Ireland Spring

10

HIS33030 Women and Ethical Action in the First Millennium CE Spring

10

HIS33060 From the Ashes of Empire Spring

10

HUM30050 Writing for Life: employability skills for arts and humanities students Spring

5

INRL20110 Intro to Middle East Politics Spring

5

INRL30340 Internat. Political Economy Spring

10

INRL30400 EU Foreign Policy: understanding how the European Union and its member states engage with the world Spring

10

MUS31330 Post-Truth, Politics & Music Spring

5

POL20250 Irish Politics Spring

5

POL30660 Data Analytics for Social Sciences Spring

10

POL30680 Gender and Politics Spring

10

POL30690 Introduction to Asian Politics Spring

10

POL30870 Advanced Seminar in Politics 2 Spring

15

POL36100 Strategies of Politics Spring

10

POL36110 Comparative Political Theory Spring

10

POL36130 Liberalism & its Critics Spring

10

POL36150 Feminist Pers. on Social Pol. Spring

10

HIS33050 Science and Environment

10

Students may apply for study abroad opportunities in universities across Europe and worldwide. Both subjects have a network of exchange agreements with partner Universities including: France, Norway, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, United States, Italy.

Graduates of History and Politics have key skills in research, analysis and communication that are highly valued by employers. History & Politics graduates work across: International Organizations, Broadcasting and Journalism, Business, Civil Service, Law, NGOs, Publishing, Public Relations, Politics, Research, Teaching, Marketing, Policymaking, Tourism, Heritage.

Graduates are eligible to apply for UCD MA and MSc programmes in either History or Politics and International Relations. For more information see www.ucd.ie/graduatestudies.

Non-EU Undergraduate Fee information can be found here.

UCD offers a number of competitive undergraduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD undergraduate degree programme. For information on Undergraduate Scholarships, please see the UCD International Scholarships webpage.

The following advice is for Non-EU applicants. For Irish/EU/UK students, please apply via MyUCD.

The following entry route(s) are available:
 
BA History & Politics (HPS1)
Undergraduate Degree (Non EU)
Entry in Sep 2024
Full Time - 4 Year(s) Apply from Oct 2023 Apply

“Studying history and politics in UCD has been a fantastic opportunity. The subjects combine extremely well together, making each module truly intriguing. They also form a positive balance so that you are not just focusing on one specific topic. What I have enjoyed most about this course so far is taking part in mock elections, which developed my growing passion to pursue a career in politics in the future.”

Sophie O’Leary, Student

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BA Humanities History & Politics (DN530/HPS1)

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ, Credits 240)