Home Colleges Trinity College Dublin Philosophy Political Science Economics & Sociology

Philosophy Political Science Economics & Sociology

Date of Review Oct 16, 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 2nd
Student Type Traditional
From Dublin Ireland
Social Life

Why did you choose your course?

i started off doing a Maths&Economics in Trinity however I didn't like it so dropped out and started again with PPES last year. I chose PPES as i had interest in 3 of the 4 subjects (politics, economics and sociology) and wasn't sure what career path i wanted to take so felt it would be a good broad course to do which would cover many different areas of study. it also seemed to have a reputation as being quite a prestigious course.

Are you happy with your choice of course?


On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

i'm still not quite sure if i like this course. most lecturers seem to just give us huge piles of monotonous reading without trying to make any of the reading material interesting or grasping in any way. also i find the lectures hard to concentrate in because they're so big so it just feels as though you are being talked at rather than learning about interesting subject matter. though we only have 18 hours of class time per week, i feel that we are given too much reading and it's very hard to keep on top of it.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week? (labs,tutorials,lectures,etc)


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


Is your course weighted more on

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?


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

havent studied abroad yet.

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

i like how it allows me to study a wide range of subjects. i also like that there are under 30 people doing my course, which has allowed me to make great friends. most of my TA's are great in the way that they make the tutorial group interact.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

lack of engagement in most lectures. lecturers dont really make any effort to get you thinking, making it quite easy to zone out completely during the lecture. i would also like bit more choice when chosing what modules to take for each subject.

Was your course what you expected?


What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

not much as it turned out how i expected it to be. it would have been useful to have been prepared for all the individual reading/ work that we have to do, as in it would be useful if we were taught how to self-motivate in secondary school with regards to academic work.


we are only allowed to take 4 books out a time, i believe this number should be higher as college books are very expensive to buy so i usually use mostly library books. longer opening hours at the weekends would be helpful. also i don't like how we cannot actually bring books requested from the santry stacks out of the library, they can only be used in te library

Is there a good social life on your course?


Please describe

our class is very close as we had all our tutorials + lectures together last year. we gelled very quickly and have a facebook page where we can organise nights out, ask about assignments, complain about lecturers, etc. we had a class trip to edinburgh which was great fun and i'd recommend it to any college class!

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Neither Easy not Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

Less than other courses

Was this review helpful?
Back to Reviews