POLI 2210 The Politics of Constitutional Change in Ireland, 1922-2013: Governance, Nationality, Religion and Morality (Fall: 3 )
This course will explore constitutional change in Ireland in the light of constitutional theory and of modern Irish politics. Since the 1960s, a ferment of social and political change has made the 75-year-old Irish constitution a battleground for opposing forces and controversial referendums. The external challenges involved in joining the EU, and the new relationships between Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain have driven changes. Internally, secularisation and the weakening of traditional religious observance have given a new salience to issues such as contraception, divorce, abortion and gay marriage. All these issues have involved constitutional amendment and major political debates.
Instructor(s): John Horgan
Last Updated: 02-Apr-14