Short Title:Politics
Full Title:Politics
Module Code:POLI H1003
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Basic / broad general programmes*
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:DAVID IRWIN
Module Description:• To place social and community issues firmly in a broad Irish political context by promoting a critical understanding of the extent to which politics impacts on society and in particular, in the field of social care. • To make the course an interactive critical thinking experience for students.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify principal political concepts and theories in society.
LO2 Describe the key political institutions and actors that inform and underpin political, social and economic change.
LO3 Evaluate the impact of macro political decision making on social care agencies in Ireland.
LO4 Evaluate the impact of political theories and practices on the case-work of social care practitioners.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Political Concepts and Theories
Politics, Power, Authority, Legitimacy, Sovereignty, Government, State, Political System, Separation of Powers, Constitutional Distribution of Power, Liberty and Equality, Society and Political Culture etc.
Political Institutions and Actors
Electoral Systems, Party System, Legislature, Dail Deputies and their Constituency Work, The Executive etc.
Policy- making
Policy Process, Role of the Government and the Civil Service, Interest Groups etc.
The Constitution
Main Provisions of the Constitution, Amendment of the Constitution by Parliament, Referendum and Judicial Review.
Politics, and Contemporary Social and Community Issues.
Poverty and Social Exclusion. Children' s Rights in the Irish Courts Equality. People with Disabilities - Mental Health Act 2001 –Disability Act 2005 –National Disability Authority Act. Older People. Travellers. Politics of Immigration in Ireland. Needs and Rights of Care- givers and Care- receivers "Care" a public or private responsibility. Drug Abuse. Gender Politics.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Students will be asked to undertake an essay applying political analysis to contemporary Irish socio-political issues. 2 50.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 50.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Coakley, J. and M. Gallagher (ed.), 2000, Politics in the Republic of Ireland, Folens
Recommended Book Resources
  • Callaghan, J 2000, The Retreat of Social Democracy, Manchester University Press
  • Martin, F. 2000, The Politics of Children's Rights, Cork University Press
  • Heyward, A. 1998, Politics, Macmillan London
  • Duignan, S. 1996, One Spin on the Merry –Go – Round., Blackwater Press Dublin
  • Quin, S. et al 1999, Contemporary Irish Social Policy, Dublin University Press
  • Cubie 2004, Immigration , Refugee and Citizenship Law in the Republic of Ireland, Thompson
  • Byrne & Mc Cutcheon 2001, The Irish Legal System, 4th Ed Ed., Thompson
  • Doolan, Constitutional Law and Rights in Ireland, Gill & Mc Millan
  • White 2001, Social Intervention and the Irish Legal System, I.P.A.
  • Kelly 1994, The Irish Constitution, Butterworths
  • Kennedy 2007, Older People in Modern Ireland, Blackhall
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • Ungerson, C. 1997, Social Politics and the Commodification of Care, Social Politics, 4: 3, pp.362
  • Unge 1995, Gender, Cash and Informal Care: European Perspectives and Dilemmas, Journal of Social Policy, 24 (1): 31-52
  • Ward, E. 1998, Ireland's Refugee Policies: A Critical Overview, Irish Human Rights Review
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 1 Mandatory