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  • Locations: Belfast, United Kingdom; Derry, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer Term 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Accommodation: Student Residence GPA Requirement: None
Language of Instruction: English On-Site Staff: BC Faculty Leader
BC Program Type: BC Summer Program BC Department: Political Science
Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: IS major/minor elective, Political Science elective Number of Credits: 3
Course Number: POLI 1206 Program Manager: Shannon Williams
Program Description:

The Program

A century ago, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland were integral parts of Great Britain and the United Kingdom and were governed by the British Parliament. Now each has its own parliament, although only Ireland is fully independent of the UK. We will consider the development of self-rule in these three places, how self-rule operates today and the major challenges that each administrative unit faces. We will also examine the key political questions that each parliament is currently debating. Our understanding of these matters will be greatly enhanced by the visits we will pay to each of the three parliaments and to other sites that are particularly important for understanding the political development of the three places. Students will also benefit from interacting with a variety of political leaders, policy analysts, journalists, civil servants, and citizen activists in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

Faculty Leaders

Prof. Robert Mauro

Prof. Michael Hartney


In this political science seminar where the historical, institutional, cultural, and “ideological” structures of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland will be examined and illuminated, student will be asked to conduct serious field-research and generate a substantial scholarly essay on the politics of self-rule. Each student will choose a specific topic to research related either to public policy or governance. The topic might involve comparisons between the different places or a focus on a single one. Students will conduct interviews and gather material during the course; they will not write, however, the research essay until after the conclusion of the course.

Draft Syllabus: 
Politics of Self Rule Syllabus 2018 - DRAFT


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora: 
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,508) 
  • GoBlue international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee ($3,000)
  • Enrollment fee ($45)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to the program location and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals are included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities.  

Housing & Meals
glasgow campus

Students will be housed in residential halls at a University in each respective city. While a few group meals will be included in the cost of the program, students should budget for the majority of their food costs. 

Cultural Activities

Cultural activities provided by the program include visiting sites of national cultural, historical, and political significance. Potential activities include:
  • Kilmainham Gaol; Dublin, Ireland
  • Aran Islands; Galway, Ireland
  • London/Derry Diamond, City Walls, and Bogside; London/Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Titanic Quarter, Falls Road, Shankill Road; Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Giant’s Causeway; Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland
  • Edinburgh Castle; Edinburgh, Scotland
Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Dublin and from Edinburgh. 

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.

This program is currently not accepting applications.