Tuesday June 2nd, 1pm-2.30pm (Irish Standard Time)

Do you want to understand how governments, parliaments, parties and elections work? Are you interested in people’s behaviour and in current affairs, enjoy problem-solving and are naturally analytical with good numeracy skills? Then our Politics & International Relations, Philosophy & Economics Virtual Summer School will give you the chance to find out what it is like to study these subject areas in university.

Virtual Summer School Format

As we are unable to invite you to campus for this years Summer School, we have decided to run all activities online. We will be presenting a reduced program via the Zoom webinar platform and invite you to register above.

Who can register?

The Virtual Summer School is for students who are interested in studying at UCD with an intended start date of September 2020 or 2021. Students, parents, guidance counsellors and International Students are welcome to attend.

How will I access the Virtual Summer School Webinar?

Once registered you will receive an email containing your webinar invitation link. Just click this link prior to the below start time to view. For the best viewing experience we recommend you use a PC/Laptop.

Enquiries in relation to the UCD Politics & International Relations, Philosophy & Economics Virtual Summer School can be made to Emma Donovan (

Time Activity
1.00pm Welcome to the Politics & International Relations, Philosophy and Economics webinar for prospective students.
Economics| Professor Morgan Kelly
The School of Economics workshop for the social sciences summer school will begin with an outline of the economics programmes at UCD. This will be followed by a presentation on “The likely economic impacts of Covid-19”. Students will also be introduced to other important economics topics such as labour economics and game theory.
Politics and International Relations| Dr Alex Dukalskis and Dr Dawn Walsh
The Politics and International Relations session will give students a taste of what it is like to study politics in UCD. Students will have the opportunity to explore themes such as elections, political development and international relations including how and why these are different in different countries.
Philosophy | Dr Lisa Foran
Many of you have already ‘done’ philosophy without knowing it! How do you know when (if ever) it is acceptable to lie? How do you decide whether something (or someone) is beautiful? Why do we have the system of government that we do? Are there other, better ways to govern? What are they and how do we judge them? What does it mean to be a human being? What does it mean to be oppressed or free? We offer you a way to start thinking about big questions like these, from the nature of goodness to authenticity, from the nature of justice to an understanding of personal identity. These are important questions for a range of vocations, whether it be in law, teaching, policy, government, human rights, business or the arts. In the session we share our passion for philosophical thinking
14:30 Finish

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