Tuesday June 8th, 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 any student interested in studying at UCD. Students, parents, guidance counsellors and International Students are all 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 (emma.donovan@ucd.ie).

Time Activity
1.00pm Welcome to the Politics & International Relations, Philosophy and Economics webinar for prospective students.
Economics| Dr Ivan Pastine
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 to discuss one of economics most important topics “Game Theory” which will allow students to see how economics can help us understand how households, firms or other economic agents make strategic decisions. Students will also be introduced to other important economics topics such as macroeconomics, labour economics and game theory.
Politics and International Relations| Associate Professor Vincent Durac & Dr
Martijn Schoonvelde
In studying politics and international relations, we try to understand what happens, to figure out what should happen, and to determine how this might be realised. The session on Politics and International Relations will explore some of the areas that you can study in UCD. These range from political theory, elections and parliaments to globalisation, development, conflict, and international relations, to mention but some. The session will also highlight the skills that you will develop in the course of your studies and the sorts of options that are open to students who graduate with a politics degree.
Philosophy | Dr Christopher Cowley
Most of you have already 'done' philosophy, although perhaps without that label. Whenever you think more abstractly about the world, whenever you dig below the surface, whenever you ask what exactly something means, this is a philosophical approach. Why might it be permissible to lie in this situation? How far am I really free in my decisions? Why should I care what happened in the past? On what basis do I find something beautiful? What am I doing when I blame someone for something? How far should I accept my authentic self? These are big questions, of course. Philosophy offers you ways of examining these questions more precisely, and ways of speaking and writing about them more clearly. Whatever you go on to do in life, these philosophical skills will always be useful.
14:30 Finish

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