EURO06004 2016 Business and Society in Contemporary Ireland

General Details

Full Title
Business and Society in Contemporary Ireland
Transcript Title
Business and Society
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Subject Area
EURO - European Studies
MRKT - Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Joan Morrison
Programme Membership
SG_BBUSI_B07 202100 Bachelor of Business in Business in Business Administration L7 SG_BBUSS_B07 201600 Bachelor of Business in Business L7 SG_BEMBE_G07 201600 Bachelor of Business Embedded Award BB L7 in Finance and Investment SG_BEMBE_G07 201600 Bachelor of Business in Embedded award of BB Ab-initio L8 SG_BEMBE_G06 201600 Higher Certificate in Business in Embedded award of BB Ab-initio L8 SG_BTOUR_C06 201600 Higher Certificate in Business in Tourism SG_BMARK_C06 201600 Higher Certificate in Business in Marketing SG_BDIGI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Business in Digital Marketing SG_BOFFI_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Business in Business in Office Administration

This module explores debates around relationships between business and society in  21st century Ireland. There will be a basic introduction to certain key themes - governance, regulation and justice, partnership and participation, and interests and concerns in Contemporary Ireland. A comparative outlook will be encouraged by looking at a range of European countries and their experience with these issues. This module will be taught through a series of case studies, a study trip along with practical exercises and presentations on relevanttopics

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Understand the linkages between business and society and how these change and evolve


Examine the context for relations between business and society - beginning, middle and end of the Celtic Tiger era


Appreciate issues around governance, regulation and social justice


Identify key elements relating to partnership and participation


Describe international issues of relevance to Irish business and society


Source and interpret information relevant to the syllabus content

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Class based instruction, discussion and activity-based learning

A self-select group (or individual) project and a 'simulation' meeting of an appropriate national committee are the interactive elements of the Teaching and Learning Strategy for this module. Specialist guest lecturers are invited through local TDs, Councillors and The Chamber of Commerce. There is a cultural study trip (as time and budget allows)

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous Assessment - any ONE of moodle quizzes, written tests, oral presentations, debates and  Problem based learning: simulation meeting of a relevant committee to examine links between business and society. A Final Exam

Repeat Assessments

A project/essay and/or a repeat exam, as appropriate

Module Dependencies

EURO07001 200900 Contemporary European Society 1 ( Semester 1, Year 2)

Indicative Syllabus

Business and Society in Ireland
labour and employment 1990 - present; politics of Irish social security 1990 to present;
Governance, Regulation and Justice - failure of corporate governance; white collar crime; corruption and croneyism
Partnership and Participation - local, national and EU level
International issues - changing relationships; Ireland and Northern Ireland; Ireland and the EU; 21st century careers;
Interests and concerns in contemporary Ireland - interest groups, civil society, women in politics, children and advertising 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Study trip - when time and budget allows Formative Assessment - % Week 7 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Assignment - Simulation and Project Continuous Assessment Assignment 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Assessment 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Computer Laboratory Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Lecture Flat Classroom lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Reading and essay writing 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2010-10-29 Irish Business and Society Gill & Macmillan Ltd
ISBN 0717149900 ISBN-13 9780717149902

Check out A contemporary exploration of the wide-ranging debates surrounding the relationships between business and society in 21st century Ireland that provides the context in which to question and inform our perspectives on both. Provides extensive, diverse and thought-provoking contributions from leading business researchers, economists, sociologists and political scientists from Ireland and abroad, which address five central themes: The Making and Unmaking of the Celtic Tiger Governance, Regulation & Justice Partnership & Participation Whither Irish Borders - Ireland, Europe and the Wider World? Interests & Concerns in Contemporary Ireland Takes a critical look at Ireland as one of the most open and globally integrated economies in the world, with the activities of Irish and Irish-based foreign business impacting on both national and international societies and businesses Discusses the relationships between business and society within the context of the wider Irish, as well as European, political economy Presents the Irish economic decisions and conditions that precipitated our current recession and the resultant lessons to be learned, which reinforce the importance of understanding business and society in context Examines the state of Irish business and society today and contemplates on how it might develop into the future. SUITABLE FOR: Business or Political Science students at third level Also students of Sociology and Economics at third level Postgraduates and scholars with an interest in contemporary Ireland Anyone with an interest in Irish business and society 'Succeeds in drawing an excellent, multi-dimensional perspective on Ireland from some of our most perceptive academic commentators as we seek to address the role of business in our society in the 21st Century. It comprehensively addresses the various themes relevant to Irish business and society in one coherent volume and should be required reading for all citizens seeking to improve their understanding of modern Ireland. Its economic and social analysis of the 'Celtic Tiger' is particularly insightful, reminding me of George Santayana's quote: 'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it'. This book successfully holds that mirror up to our societal structures and institutions in a way that should enable us to learn and develop as a society.' Jim Barry, Chief Executive, NTR plc; member of Council of Patrons, Special Olympics Ireland; board member, The Ireland Funds. 'Irish Business and Society presents the best of Irish social science, neatly packaged around themes of governance, participation, and transformation. Many of these original chapters are brilliantly crafted, and while they show an Ireland slipping off a time of rapid growth, themes of hope abound in enterprise, social and economic partnership, civil society, social inclusion, and Europeanization. Read it through for a clear view of what makes today's Ireland click, and sometimes sputter.' Jon Van Til, Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA 'This very stimulating book of essays brought me right back to this quote from Tom Stoppard's Arcadia: 'It makes me so happy. To be at the beginning again, knowing almost nothing. It's the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong'. There is a real sense from these essays that, once again, Ireland is at a turning point, in business, society and public governance.' Peter Cassells, Chairman, National Centre for Partnership and Performance; Chairman, DHR Communications; former General Secretary, Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) THE EDITORS John Hogan PhD is a lecturer in Irish politics and international political economy in the Dublin Institute of Technology. His research interests focus on developing frameworks for identifying and understanding policy change, and studying the global regulation of the lobbying industry. He is a founding member of the DIT research group focused on researching intersections of business and society. He has published in a wide range of journals including Acta Politica, Canadian Journal of Political Science, The Political Quarterly, Irish Political Studies, and the Asian Journal of Latin American Studies. Along with Dr. Raj Chari and Professor Gary Murphy, he recently co-wrote Regulating Lobbying: A Global Comparison (MUP, 2010). Paul F. Donnelly BA(TCD), MBA(TCD), PhD(UMass), GradDip MM(DIT), DipPR(PRII), CDipAF(ACCA) teaches strategy, business ethics, negotiation, organisation behaviour and theory, and global marketplace in Dublin Institute of Technology. His research interests cover organisation studies, international business, management education, critical management studies and research methodology. He is a founding member of the DIT research group focused on researching intersections of business and society. He co-edited (with John Hogan and Paddy Dolan) the volume Approaches to Qualitative Research (Oak Tree Press, 2009). A Fulbrighter, he is Vice President (2009-11) and President-elect (2011-13) of the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association. Brendan K. O'Rourke PhD works at the Dublin Institute of Technology, where he focuses on learning in the area of discourses of the economy. His academic publications include articles on interview methodology, owner-managed firms and on the nature of economics expertise. Brendan is the co-founder of the Discourse Analysis Group (DAG) within DIT. DAG is a specialist group of academics who have published extensively in the area of discourse analysis. He is also a founding member of the DIT research group focused on researching intersections of business and society.

Recommended Reading
2013-09-06 Using Evidence to Inform Policy Gill & Macmillan Ltd
ISBN 0717159728 ISBN-13 9780717159727

This unique new book systematically explores and demonstrates the potential breadth and value of the contribution that evidence can make to policy, while also highlighting its limitations. * Provides a comprehensive insight into the complex relationship between evidence and policy, arguing that policy should be informed by evidence as far as resources and systems permit, but that policy can rarely be solely based on evidence. * Aims to contribute to a more mutually constructive relationship between researchers and policymakers, by advancing the understanding of how and when evidence can inform policy. * Using informative examples, it demonstrates how national and international research can be used to good effect, while clearly identifying the range of methodologies that are relevant to different areas of policy. * Presenting eleven studies drawn from recent ESRI research projects, available on, it illustrates different aspects of the relationship between evidence and policy, and how these vary by policy area. Written for: * Courses in economics, sociology, political science, governance and social policy, at postgraduate and undergraduate level * Civil servants, politicians, policymakers, researchers and analysts in the public sector, who are looking to understand how to improve the use of evidence in the design of public policy.

Recommended Reading
2014-08-15 The Economy of Ireland: National and Sectoral Policy Issues Gill & Macmillan Ltd
ISBN 0717159752 ISBN-13 9780717159758

The twelfth edition of this popular book surveys all major changes in the Irish economy in the past fifteen years, with particular emphasis on the last five years. In this new edition, the authors examine: * The broad historical context to a study of the economy. * Ireland's hard landing, recovery and prospects for economic growth and employment in the years ahead. * Energy and the environment, in particular the issue of security of supply. * The changing role of the state in policymaking and the increasing importance of euro-zone governance and institutions, especially in the monetary area. * Taxation in all its dimensions, including the issue of national debt. * The importance of competitiveness as a major policy objective. * The changing emphasis on quality-of-life indicators and distribution as objectives of policy. * The role of regulation in various areas of the economy and society. * Employment, unemployment and migration challenges facing Ireland. * Evidence on and policy issues relating to income and wealth. * The internationally traded sectors of manufacturing and services. * The importance of the health and education sectors, the rationale for state intervention and measures of effectiveness * The importance of the agri-food sector in terms of production, distribution and food safety.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Core Text:
Hogan, Donnelly & O'Rourke eds., 2010 Irish Business and Society Gill & Macmillan

Recommended Reading

Pete Lunn and Frances Ruane(eds) (2013) Using Evidence to Inform Policy Dublin:Gill and Macmillan

O'Hagan and Newman (eds) (2008) The Economy of Ireland: national and Sectoral Policy Issues 10th ed Dublin: Gill&Macmillan
Share,Tovey&Corcoran (2007) A Sociology of Ireland, 3rd ed, Dublin: Gill and Macmillan
Wilkinson & Pickett (2009 The Spirit Level: Why more Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better Londn: Allen Lane
Cooper,M (2009)  Who Really Runs Ireland? the Story of the Elite who led Ireland from Bust to Boom... and Back Again.  Dublin: Penguin Ireland

O'Toole, F. (2009) Ship of Fools: How Stupidity and Corruption Sank the Celtic Tiger. London: Faber and Faber
Arendt, H. (1958) The Human Condition.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press

URL Resources


Other Resources

Microphones for simulation meetings

Additional Information

A study trip is part of this course (if time and budget allows)