This one-year course on Politics, Government and Public Administration introduces students to the political institutions and systems that determine how Ireland is governed. It has two main components. The first explains the powers of the Houses of the Oireachtas, the voting system in operation and the organisation of government. Throughout, comparisons are made with the structures and systems in other countries, including the UK and Germany. The second part of the course focuses on social administration in Ireland, outlining, among other things, how welfare, education and housing services are delivered.