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 2020-21

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 (Autumn) - Dr Tobias Theiler
  • POL10160 Foundations of Contemporary Politics (Spring) - 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 Alexa Zellentin

Stage 3 & 4 Modules 

There is no core module. You must complete 20 credits in each of Stage 3 and 4. 

Stage 3 students may select either A) TWO 10-credit modules or B) ONE 10-credit module and TWO 5-credit modules. Stage 4 students must select TWO level-3 modules. 

Autumn (10 Credits)

  • INRL30350 International Justice 
  • INRL30340 International Political Economy
  • INRL30370 Terrorism and Political Violence
  • POL30780 Justice in Education
  • POL30750 Politics of Representation
  • POL30710 Media and Politics
  • POL30820 Political Risk and Foreign Investment
  • POL30840 Electoral Systems
  • POL30850 Citizen Politics in the Global South

Autumn (5 Credits)

  • INRL20080 Irish Foreign Policy
  • INRL20090 US Foreign Policy
  • INRL20160 Introduction to European Union Politics
  • POL20180 Capitalism and Democracy
  • POL20220 Political Institutions & Development
  • POL20230 Political Behaviour
  • POL10170 Foundations in Political Research

Spring (10 Credits)

  • INRL30330 Integration Fragmentation and the Global System
  • INRL30320 Gender in War & Peace
  • INRL30360 Middle East Politics
  • POL30810 The EU in the World
  • POL30690 Introduction to Asian Politics
  • POL30660 Data Analytics for Soc Sci
  • POL30680 Gender and Politics
  • POL30740 Political Economy of the EU  

Spring (5 Credits)

  • DEV20130 Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
  • POL20050 Research Methods in Political Science
  • POL20250 Irish Politics
  • POL20260 Introduction to Chinese Politics

Final Year students can apply for a special year-long module called the Advanced Seminar in Poltiics. See further information below. 

The list of modules above is subject to change.


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  • INRL10010 Foundations of Political Theory & International Relations
  • POL20010 Individuals and the State
  • INRL20040 International Relations
  • POL10170 Foundations in Political Research
  • INRL20160 Intro to European Union Politics
  • POL20180 Capitalism and Democracy

Dave Banks


Emma Murphy


Leticia Barbabela


Darragh O'Donnell


Isaac Bennett


Jelena Radakovic


Michael Coleman


Redmond Scales


Dana Guy


Carl Smith


Connor Hogan


Daniel Stairs


Junhyoung Lee


Benjamin Swift


Jesper Lindqvist


Natalia Umansky

INRL10010 / INRL20160

Marianna Lovato


Radek Vana


Julia Martinez




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 Friday 26th June 2020.

You must include provisional Stage 2 grades in your application. They will be released on 22 June and will be removed on 24 June. 

Google Application Form (Log onto UCD Connect Required)

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 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.