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Politics & International Relations

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Date of Review May 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 3rd
Student Type International
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Why did you choose to study this course?

At my home University I am studying dual courses in Finance and Accounting. However, while in Ireland I wanted to challenge myself, it was an important time in the Country's history and I knew that by following courses in Political Science I would make the most of my time in the country.

Are you happy with your choice of course?

Yes

Why

I have no past experience with issues in World Politics, and I was unaware how little I actually knew until I took the course. I had to write an essay on something I thought I knew nothing about. Though another course professor sat me down and just kept telling me I could do it. When the paper was graded I achieved the highest grade in the class. That's the moment I knew it was right, because it pushed me to do things I didn't think I could do. It also helped that there were great people there to offer support and help when I needed it.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week?

16-20hrs

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

On

Is your course weighted more on continuous assessment or end of year exams?

End of year exams

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

I like the way Political science courses are taught. It is a very opinionated area of study. There is so much to learn from listening to another person's side of an argument. Group discussions are a huge part of how politics is studied.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

I am not a fan of having Classes and Tutorials that are mandatory. I feel that if one needs extra help for a course, then tutorials would be the perfect solution. However, personally I like studying on my own, I tend to concentrate better, tutorials leave me distracted and I feel like I waste valuable study-time.

If you studied abroad, is there any advice you would give someone looking to study abroad?

I would encourage anyone to Study Abroad. It is an amazing experience. I've met life long friends who introduced me to things I never imagined. So if you are going to study abroad be an open book, put yourself out of your comfort zone and try new things. You could never imagine what you will learn about others, more importantly you will learn so much about yourself. I feel as if I'm going back an entirely different person, the experience is remarkable you just have to let yourself go.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload.

Similar to other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?

Yes

If Yes, please name the societies

I am a member of the International Society and the Outdoor Pursuits Club (OPC).

Are you a member of any sports clubs?

no

Are your training facilities easily accessible?

Yes

As a first year did you live in college halls?

Yes

Would you recommend living in college halls?

No

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