SPL 301 Politics of Peace and Conflict

This is a small-group course with twenty students around half of whom are Erasmus students from mainland Europe and visiting students from the US and Canada. Students are introduced in the first few weeks to key theories of peace and conflict and to debates on the causes of violence and war. We move on then to the topic of negotiation and peace processes. Midway through the course students give a group presentation on a contemporary conflict and write a related midterm essay applying some of the theoretical perspectives to the conflict they have chosen to look at. We look then in detail at the case studies of Israel/Palestine and Northern Ireland, comparing the causes of conflict and the peace processes in these two cases. We conclude by looking at key issues in contemporary conflict resolution including international intervention and peacebuilding.

SPL 302 Conflict and Territory

This is also a small-group course with twenty students, around half of whom are visiting students. This course introduces students to key theoretical perspectives on conflict and on territory and examines recent scholarly efforts to improve our understanding of the relationship between the two. We begin by looking at key texts and key arguments and assessing existing explanations of the apparent intractability of so many territorial disputes. The course then applies these theoretical perspectives to the contemporary experience of conflict in Northern Ireland and Israel/Palestine. We go on to explore the relationship between nationalism and ethnic identity and violent territorial conflict at a variety of scales

SP219 Political Sociology

A second year elective with around 130 students. Political sociology is the study of the relationship between society and politics and the course provides an introduction to both classical and contemporary debates. It reviews the leading theoretical and historical approaches in the field, illustrating theory with concrete empirical work and historical case studies. Among the key issues dealt with are state power, war, political violence, political legitimacy, authority, ideology, citizenship, social movements, nationalism, ethnicity and globalisation.

SP158 Introduction to Politics and Society

This is the core first year introduction to Politics and Sociology with around 800 students. Each lecture has to be delivered twice in order to accommodate the large numbers. I teach the section on ‘Power and the State’ which introduces students to theories of power and debates on the state and to the formal structures of government in the Republic of Ireland.

SP159 Problems in Sociology and Politics

First year seminars. I provide this seminar through the medium of Irish.

Second year General Seminar

A seminar group with around 15 students supporting the second year modules in Sociology and Politics. I deliver it through the medium of Irish when there is demand.

IS107 Divided Ireland: Politics and Society since 1921

I teach on the politics of conflict in Northern Ireland in this module on the MA in Irish Studies. I also coordinate the contribution to this module of the School of Political Science and Sociology.

Courses taught in previous years

3BA SP448 Ethnic Conflict and Territory
A small third year option course in which half of the twenty students were visitors

3BA SP479 Politics and the Internet
A small third year option course in which half of the twenty students were visitors

3BA: Ethnic Conflict. A small third year option course

3BA SP621 Tuaisceart Éireann: Polaitíocht na Coinbhleachta
Northern Ireland: the politics of conflict, a small third year option course taught through the medium of Irish

PG103 Internet Research Skills, Certificate in Postgraduate Development (Arts)
An evening course for M.Litt and PhD students from across the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies.

Structured PhD: Power, Conflict and Ideologies

2BA SP234 International relations
An optional second year course with around 180 students

I have also taught classes on Internet Research Skills in methods courses for the following postgraduate programs:
•    MA in Community Development / Masters in Social Work
•    MA Pleanáil Teanga  (through the medium of Irish) / MA Módhanna Teagaisc (through the medium of Irish)

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