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Ireland and Europe: Current Affairs, Politics and the Role of the Citizen

People's College

This course is for those interested in understanding how current affairs, local, national and European government works. It will involve lectures, discussions and debate and visits to key institutions.

  • Date: Feb 03, 2020 - May 04, 2020
  • Day: Monday
  • Time : 6.15pm- 7.45pm
  • Category: Professional development
  • Venue : Teachers Club,36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
  • Cost: €100 for twelve classes

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Course details

Lecturer: Odran Reid, BA (Mod), H.Dip Ed, MSc Spatial Planning, MIED

We will look at issues such as the economy, the referendum process, crime, health, transport and other policy areas as they arise. There will be a focus on the day-to-day breaking stories as well as looking at the structures behind the stories.
We will look at the governance structure in Ireland and the European Union and examine what makes them act the way they do. How do we influence them as a citizen? Current Affairs programmes and articles appear on a daily basis – but what makes the story of the day? In this short course we will look at the political system, political parties, the media, PR and spin-doctors, examine how stories get legs and others fade away.
This course will look at the EU’s historical evolution, some of the wide policy areas that it addresses, how Ireland and the citizen engage with this complex entity. It will also look at significant political events in Europe such as major elections and the Brexit issue.
The class will look at how decisions are made in Ireland as we ebb out of recession, how the EU copes with the UK exit and how it will determine its own future in a more complex world. The class will look at the engagement of Civil Society and the role of the Constitutional Convention.
At the end of the course, you may not be an expert, but you will have informed opinions and a sense that there are many sides to the one argument. The class will be expected to participate in debate and discussion.
This course will continue for the second term in February.

Registration details
Please register online or call the office on 01 8735879

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Course added on: 16/07/2012
Details last updated on: 03/12/2019

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