Dublin Graduate Parliamentary Internship

Dublin Graduate Parliamentary Internship Required Courses

Course Registration FormAll students participating in the Dublin Graduate Parliamentary Internship will be enrolled in three prescribed courses in addition to the internship component.  Courses are taught by lecturers at the Institute for Public Administration (IPA) which awards degrees through the National University of Ireland system and as is the national center for civil service training in public administration and public management.

GRDP INPR 510: Dublin Parliamentary Internship

(6 credits)

Central to the internship experience will be a research project, the focus of which will be determined in consultation with the program’s Academic Director, IPA faculty and the member of parliament to whom a student is assigned.   The project is meant to allow students to focus on their research interests as they relate to Irish politics, culture or society and will culminate in a written piece 3500-5000 words in length.  

The structure of the program is organized so that the internship itself remains the most important aspect of the experience, and it is not possible for the student to perform poorly as an intern and still have a good research paper rescue him/her in terms of final grades.  Students will be evaluated by their performance as an intern in key areas.  This evaluation will account for a significant portion of the grade.

Finally, all students will maintain a journal as a reflective exercise.  Journals are not assigned a letter grade or percentage of the final grade; however failure to complete journaling assignments will cause a deduction in the student’s final grade


GRDP LIIR 520: Modern Irish Literature: 1890 to Present

(3 credits)

The course surveys Irish literature through out the twentieth century beginning with the Celtic Revival and the emergence of William Butler Yeats, JM Sygne, and others; to worldwide acclaim of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett; to the Irish literature of today of Seamus Heaney and Roddy Doyle.

The course intends to offer an introduction to a variety of Irish authors and genres, focusing on those works that impacted Irish life and later Irish literary works.  The course will stress the close relationship between Irish society and the literary works of the time.

On the completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the developmental process of modern Irish Literary Culture and its effects on Irish society.


GRDP HIIR 530: History of Modern Ireland: 1870 to Present

(3 credits)

The course surveys Irish history from the beginning of the Home Rule movement, through the War for Independence, the establishment of the Republic of Ireland, to Ireland’s role in Europe today.

Though the course is essentially political in its focus, attention is given to social and cultural issues.  Considerable attention is given to the history of Northern Ireland, from both the Nationalist and Unionist perspective, and of the present reestablishment of self-autonomy.

Students will be reminded throughout the course of parallel developments in European politics and society.  On completion of the course students should have an understanding of the complex forces which have shaped modern Ireland.


GRDP POIR 550: Irish Society and Politics

(3 credits)

The course examines several aspects of Irish culture and how they impact Ireland today; focusing on Irish Society, Irish Politics, Irish Economy, and Ireland and the European Union.

The topical nature of this course is directly related to each intern’s placement in the Dáil Éireann or the Seanad Éireann.  Students are expected to interact at a high level while participating in their placement and have a strong knowledge of contemporary issues in Ireland.  This course is designed to prepare students for their participation in the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament).


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