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The MA in European Politics and Governance is a one-year full-time programme designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of how modern societies are governed through the complex interaction between public and private actors at different levels of government. The ability of national governments to determine domestic policy outcomes is increasingly limited by interdependencies with local and European levels of government. Furthermore, the distinction between governmental and non-governmental organisations is increasingly blurred when the formulation and implementation of policies relies heavily on the cooperation of private actors. Taking a multi-level and governance perspective, the programme offers a distinctive approach to the study of politics and policy-making.
* To provide students with comprehensive knowledge about the roles of governmental and non-governmental organisations in the formulation and implementation of policies at the local, national, and European level.
* To enable students to critically examine theoretical approaches and empirical evidence in the study of government and governance.
* To enable students to design, conduct, and clearly communicate the results of their own independent research.
Government and Governance: Politics, Policy, and Practice; Institutions and Policies of the European Union; Research Methods; Academic and Transferable Skills Training.
European Public Administration: Actors, Institutions, and Policy Process; Research Methods; two electives from the following (subject to timetabling and faculty availability): Central and Eastern Europe; American Foreign Relations; Partnership and Governance; Issues in International Policy; External Relations of the European Union; Issues in International Development; Political Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Conflict; Comparative Politics; Issues in Contemporary Democratic Theory; Public Policy and Programme Management; Ireland and Globalisation; Russian and Post-Soviet Politics; Mainstreaming Social Inclusion; Political Economy of Ireland; Foreign Aid and Development; Peacekeeping and Peace-building; International Security; Feminist Perspectives on Conflict and Development Issues; Global Justice.
A limted number of full and partial tuition fee waiver scholarships are available for this MA programme. All students admitted to the programme are eligible to apply. Scholarsips are awarded on a competitive basis, based on past academic performance and future potential.