POLT06002 2016 Politics for Business Students - Change and Transformation in Modern Ireland

General Details

Full Title
Politics for Business Students - Change and Transformation in Modern Ireland
Transcript Title
Politics for Business Student
N/A %
Subject Area
POLT - Politics
BUS - Business
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_HJOIN_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics SG_BDIGI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Business in Digital Marketing SG_BOFFI_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Business in Business in Office Administration SG_BACCO_C06 202100 Higher Certificate in Business in Accounting L6 SG_BOFFI_C06 202100 Higher Certificate in Business in Business in Office Administration SG_BTOTR_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in Tourism with Event Management SG_BTOTR_H08 202200 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business in Tourism with Event Management

This module enables business students to examine how politics affects the environment and context in which they will work. This module will offer an explanation of the central ideas, institutions and actors which constitute the Irish  political system. In particular it will look at how power and authority translate into competing interests and values of political decision-makers and how this in turn delivers certain outcomes for business. Topics covered will include irish political culture in changing times, democracy and the separation of powers, and the role of the politician and the political party in contributing to democracy and a healthy business environement.

Learning Outcomes

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


Explain how democracy works and how political power is dispersed in the political system - in Ireland and in selected countries in Europe for comparative purposes


Relate the role of County Councils and the Dail and how business is affected by their work


Engage in political discussion on how competing interests and values emerge and their subsequent impact on the business environment


Explain how ideas and policies of political parties along with pressure from lobby groups contribute to the formation of government policy which advantages, challenges or enhances the business environment

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Class based instruction, discussion and activity-based learning

A self-select group project and a 'simulation' meeting of an appropriate committee are the interactive elements of the Teaching and Learning Strategy for this module. Specialist guest lecturers are invited through  local MEPs. A visit to the Local County Council Chamber and discussion with councillors are part of the learning experience in this module.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous Assessment - any ONE of moodle quizzes, written tests, oral presentations, debate Problem based learning: simulation meeting of a relevant committee and visit to the County Council Meeting

Repeat Assessments

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

Indicative Syllabus

Democracy - its basic characteristics and how this is translated into practice
Power and authority - limits on power
Structures of Government - key functions and powers of County Councils and Parliament
Ideas and Policies of Political Parties in Ireland and connection to and influence on Business; Right and Left wing
Pressure Groups and Interest Representation - their importance and capacity to exert influence; the role of 'peak associations' in modern society and their significance in the nexus of politics and business

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 Visit to Local County Council and Dail Formative Assessment - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
2 Simulation Meeting Group or Individual Project Continuous Assessment Assignment 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

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

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2013-03-22 Politics Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 0230363385 ISBN-13 9780230363380

The fully revised and updated fourth edition of this highly successful text offers a truly comprehensive introduction to the study of politics, written from an international perspective

Recommended Reading
2009-10-01 Politics in the Republic of Ireland Routledge
ISBN 0415476720 ISBN-13 9780415476720

Politics in the Republic of Ireland is now available in a fully revised fifth edition. Building on the success of the previous four editions, it continues to provide an authoritative introduction to all aspects of politics in the Republic of Ireland. Written by some of the foremost experts on Irish politics, it explains, analyzes and interprets the background to Irish government and contemporary political processes.

Bringing students up to date with the very latest developments, Coakley and Gallagher combine real substance with a highly readable style, providing an accessible textbook that meets the needs of all those who are interested in knowing how politics and government operate in Ireland.

Recommended Reading
2001-11-15 Business and Politics: A Comparative Introduction, 3rd Edition CQ Press
ISBN 1889119881 ISBN-13 9781889119885

The third edition of this popular text has been completely revised to reflect the enormous changes in business-government relations that have taken place in advanced industrialized societies in recent years. Globalization, violent protests against international organizations such as the World Trade Organization, and the surge in international trade have affected the way business interacts with government in the twenty-first century. As in previous editions, Graham K. Wilson focuses on individual countries to illustrate different models of business-government relations including the U.S., Britain, Germany, Scandinavia, Italy, France, and Japan. New to this edition are Wilson's exploration of how government-business relations have been challenged by globalization and his evaluation of its consequences for different countries.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Recommended Texts: 
Heywood Andrew,(2013) Politics 4th Edition Palgrave Macmillan
Coakley J., and Gallagher M. (2009) Politics in the Republic of Ireland 5th Edition PSAI Press
Clarke, Blanaid, Hardiman, Niamh : Ireland: Hubris and nemesis. In: Konzelmann, S. and Fovargue-Davies, M. (eds.). Banking Systems in the Crisis: The Faces of Liberal Capitalism. Routledge, 2012.
Dellepiane, Sebastian, Hardiman, Niamh : The politics of fiscal effort in Ireland and Spain: market credibility versus political legitimacy. In: Karyzis, G. and Gerodimos, R. (eds.). The Politics of Extreme Austerity: Greece in the Eurozone Crisis. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014-02.


Eccleston R., Hollander R., Van Acker, E., Williams P (2009) Politics for Business Students: A Comparative Introduction Pearson Education
Wilson Graham K (2003) Business and Politics A Comparative Introduction New York:  Chatham House Publishers


Other Resources

Microphones in a meeting room to facilitate simulation meetings

Additional Information

A study trip is part of the learning in this module when time and budget allows