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 Graham Finlay
BCL Law with Politics Degree Coordinator

Sturucture and Modules 2019-20

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 - Dr Tobias Theiler
  • POL10160 Foundations of Contemporary Politics - Dr Alex Dukalskis

Stage 2 Core Modules 

  • INRL20040 International Relations (Autumn)  - Dr Tobias Theiler
  • POL20010 Individuals and the State (Autumn)  - Dr Joseph Lacey
  • POL20020 Comparative Politics (Spring) - Dr Martijn Schoonvelde
  • POL20060 Law, Politics and Human Rights (Spring) - Dr Graham Finlay

Stage 3 & 4 Modules 2019-20

(Draft, Subject to Change)

There is no core module. Students choose four of the following modules in each of their Stage 3 and 4.

Autumn (Semester 1)

  • INRL30020 International Justice
  • INRL30130 Internat. Political Economy
  • INRL30270 Terrorism & Political Violence
  • INRL30290 Politics of Peace and Conflict
  • INRL30310 United States Foreign Policy
  • POL20180 Capitalism and Democracy
  • POL20220 Pol Institutions & Dev
  • POL30370 Justice in Education
  • POL30440 Pol Risk & Foreign Investment
  • POL30520 Environmental Pol and Policy
  • POL30580 The Concept of Representation
  • POL30620 The Politics of Taxation

Spring (Semester 2)

  • INRL20160 Introduction to EU Politics
  • INRL30050 Integration, Fragmentation
  • INRL30080 Gender in War & Peace
  • INRL30190 Middle East Politics
  • POL20050 Research Methods in Pol Sci
  • POL20250 Irish Politics
  • POL30380 Introduction to Asian Politics
  • POL30430 Data Analytics for Soc Sci
  • POL30450 Pol Activism in the MiddleEast
  • POL30560 Gender and Politics
  • POL30570 New Democracy
  • POL30590 Political Economy of EU
  • POL30600 Addressing 21c Challenges
  • POL30610 Media and Politics

Autumn and Spring: POL30490/POL30500 Advanced Seminar in Politics is available to Final Year Students. Advance applications required. See below for the details. Applications close on 1st of July 2019.

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  • INRL10010: Foundations of Political Theory & International Relations
  • POL10160: Foundations of Contemporary Politics
  • POL20020: Comparative Politics
  • POL20050: Research Methods in Political Science
  • POL10120: Foundations in Global Development
  • DSCY10010: Global Development Goals
  • DEV20130: Sustainable Development Goals
  • INRL20160: Introduction to EU Politics
  • POL20060: Law, Politics and Human Rights
  • POL30570: New Democracy

Dave Banks


Emma Murphy


Leticia Barbabela


Jelena Radakovic


Isaac Bennett



Riya Rathore


Michael Coleman



Redmond Scales


Anna Guildea


Carl Smith


Dana Guy


Tianyang Song


Junhyoung Lee


Daniel Stairs


Jesper Lindqvist


Charlotte Thumser

DSCY10010 / DEV20130 

Marianna Lovato


Paul Turner


James MacCarthy-Morrogh


Natalia Umansky


Julia Martinez


Radek Vana


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 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 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.

The Advanced Seminar in Politics 1 (POL30490) and 2 (POL30500) is a year-long course where staff members of the School of Politics and International Relations introduce students to cutting edge research in the field. During the second half of the course, students write a minor thesis, under the supervision of a staff member in the school. The module has limited capacity (c. 15 students) and entry is competitive. Registration for this course is done manually.

To be eligible to take this course, you must be a final year student who has completed Core Level 2 Politics modules. Only students with a GPA of 3.0 and above will be eligible for consideration.

Applications will be accepted from the 7th of June when provisional results get released, and the deadline for submission is Monday 1st of July 2019.

Google Application Form (Log onto UCD Connect Required)

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.