The BCL Law With Politics Degree 

The BCL (Law with Politics) is an exciting four-year interdisciplinary law degree that combines the BCL curriculum with the undergraduate Politics course. The primary objective of the degree is to provide students with a thorough academic exposure to the discipline of Law and to show how that discipline relates to the discipline of Politics.

Dr Alexa Zellentin
BCL Law with Politics Degree Coordinator
Email: alexa.zellentin@ucd.ie


Sturucture and Modules 2018-19

Students must complete two core modules in Stage 1 and four in Stage 2. Stage 3 and 4 students are to choose four modules from the list below. 

Stage 1 Core Modules 

  • INRL10010 Foundation of Political Theory & International Relations --- Alexa Zellentin
  • POL10160 Foundations of Contemporary Politics  --- Eva Wegner

Stage 2 Core Modules 

  • INRL20040 International Relations (Semester 1)  --- Tobias Theiler
  • POL20010 Individuals and the State (Semester 2)  --- Joseph Lacey
  • POL20020 Comparative Politics (Semester 2)
  • POL20060 Law, Politics and Human Rights (Semester 2) --- Alexa Zellentin 

Stage 3/4 Option Modules (Draft, Subject to Change)

Semester One

  • INRL20080 Irish Foreign Policy --- Ben Tonra
  • POL20050 Research Methods in Political Science
  • POL20180 Capitalism and Democracy --- Aidan Regan
  • POL20220 Pol Institutions & Development  --- Krishna Vadlamannati
  • POL20230 Political Behaviour --- Eva Wegner
  • INRL30020 International Justice --- Graham Finlay 
  • INRL30270 Terrorism & Political Violence --- Vincent Durac
  • POL30160 Latin American Politics --- Melanie Hoewer
  • POL30370 Justice in Education --- Alexa Zellentin
  • POL30440 Political Risk & Foreign Investment --- Krishna Vadlamannati
  • POL30520 Environmental Politics and Policy --- Sadhbh O'Neill
  • POL30560 Gender and Politics --- Dawn Walsh
  • POL30570 The Theory of Democracy --- Joseph Lacey

Semeseter Two

  • DEV20130 Sustainable Development Goals --- Patrick Paul Walsh
  • INRL20160 Introduction to EU Politics --- James Cross
  • POL20060 Law, Politics and Human Rights --- Alexa Zellentin
  • POL20250 Irish Politics* --- David Farrell

*Students who have completed POL10010 Irish Politics cannot register.

  • INRL30080 Gender in War & Peace --- Melanie Hoewer
  • INRL30130 Internaternational Political Economy --- Samuel Brazys
  • INRL30190 Middle East Politics --- Vincent Durac
  • INRL30300 The EU in the World --- Ben Tonra
  • POL30450 Political Activism in the Middle East --- Stephanie Dornschneider
  • POL30580 The Concept of Representation --- Joseph Lacey
  • POL30590 Political Economy of EU --- Andy Storey
  • POL30600 Addressing 21st Century Challenges --- Louise Fitzgerald

Semester One & Two - POL30490/POL30500 Advanced Seminar in Politics (Applicatons for this module are now closed.)

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The BCL Law with Politics degree seeks to equip students with:

  • Knowledge of fundamental legal concepts and principles

  • Understanding of law in its broader political and social context

  • Ability to analyse law and to engage in legal reasoning

  • Critical awareness of the overlapping concerns of political and legal theory particularly in the areas of law and morality, rights, constitutionalism, democracy, justice, and legitimacy

  • Competence in the methods of political science (Irish politics, comparative politics, international relations, the European Union) and political theory

  • Research skills within the fields of Law and Politics.

The degree has a modular and semesterised format with the Law and Politics subjects distributed over the four years of the programme. The ratio of 2/3 Law to 1/3 Politics will allow all the core Law subjects to be covered in full along with those required by the professional legal bodies. The curriculum for the degree in both subjects includes compulsory core modules and a choice of optional modules.

‌‌Semester 1:

  • POL10160: Foundations of Contemporary Politics
  • INRL10010: Foundations of Political Theory & International Relations
  • POL20010: Individuals & the State
  • POL20020: Comparative Politics

Semester 2: 

  • POL10160: Foundations of Contemporary Politics
  • INRL10010: Foundations of Political Theory & International Relations
  • INRL20040: Theories and Concepts in International Relations
  • POL20050: Analysing Politics


Eman Abboud

Module: INRL10010

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Lynette Moore

Module: POL10160

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Mai Abdalla

Module: INRL10010

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‌‌ Marrtin Mullins

Module: INRL20040

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Leticia Barbabela

Module: POL20050

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Apirada Ngamwongsakollert

Module: POL10160

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Shamiso Chigorimbo 

Module: INRL10010

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Orla Ni Cheallachain

Modules: INRL20040

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Vidushi Dahiya

Module: POL10160

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Arya Pillai

Module: POL20050

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Kevin Deegan

Module: INRL10010

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Caty Priebe

Module: INRL10010

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Mathieu Doogan

Module: INRL20040

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Sara Sobkowicz

Module: INRL10010

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Sarah El Said 

Modules: INRL20040

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Terence Tianyang Song

Module: POL10160

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Rebecca Ely

Module: INRL10010

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Anna Spitzfaden

Module: POL10160

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Benjamin Kemp

Module: POL10160

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Alana Stewart

Module: POL10160

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Ana Leticia Lottis

Module: INRL10010

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Paul Turner

Module: POL20050

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Jeanne Magnetti

Module: POL10160

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Sandra Varas Godomar

Module: INRL10010

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Tyler McDonough

Module: INRL20040

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Examinations Feedback

If you wish to check your grade for each exam question, come to Room G314 Newman Building, Politics Admin Office between 10am and 4pm. (Closed for lunch between 1-2pm)

If you wish to review your script, send a request to spire@ucd.ie one  working days in advance.

Please include the following information.

  • Student number
  • Full name
  • Module code and name

If you wish to review your script with your lecturer:

  1. Make an appointment with him/her by sending an email. (See here for staff details)  
  2. Also send an email to spire@ucd.ie so that the admin staff members will prepare your script before the appointment. Please indicate your student number, full name and the module code/name.

Getting work in on time

Like any professional environment deadlines are important and you should always deliver your work on time, unless there is a justified reason for not doing so. If you do have a valid reason please consult the above section for further information.

You will be aware of this from stage one but please reacquaint yourself with the UCD Late Submission Policy below:

  • Coursework received at any time within two weeks of the due date will be graded, but a penalty will apply.
  • Coursework submitted at any time up to one week after the due date will have the grade awarded reduced by two grade points (for example, from B- to C).
  • Coursework submitted more than one week but up to two weeks after the due date will have the grade reduced by four grade points (for example, from B- to D+).
  • Coursework received more than two weeks after the due date will not be accepted. Submission dates may be extended in exceptional circumstances; students should contact the relevant module coordinator in the first instance and will be expected to provide written supporting evidence to the School (e.g. a medical certificate). Where coursework is submitted late due to unanticipated exceptional or extenuating circumstances, students must present an explanation to the School providing written supporting evidence such as a medical certificate. The School may, at its discretion, retrospectively award an extension in such cases