Course Description

Course Name

Brexit and a New Potential Confict: The Case of the Republic of Ireland

Session: VRMS3122

Hours & Credits

1 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Lower level Political Science or European history course

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


This field study course examines the history and contemporary reality of the conflict in Northern Ireland, one of Europe’s most longstanding and intractable issues of sectarian violence, nationalism and separatism, from the point of view of the Republic of Ireland. The 40 years since “the Troubles” began, illustrate the changing relationship between the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the European Union. Brexit has been revamping the questions of Northern Ireland: should Northern Ireland have a new border vis-à-vis the South after Brexit? If not, what would this say about UK’s sovereignty? If yes, what would this imply in terms of the devolved power-sharing government reached after with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement? How likely is the scenario according to which a hard or soft Brexit will push the Republic of Ireland to call for a Referendum to unify the island? The course consists of a long weekend field study trip to Dublin with possible excursions in neighboring locations to meet with representatives of the political institutions and parties, civil society, the Churches and the media. Some historic sites as well as local and national institutions will be visited.

*Course content subject to change