Dublin University College Philosophy Assignments

Incoming Visiting and Exchange Students

The Department of Philosophy warmly welcomes international visiting students who may be attending Trinity College for just one semester, or a full academic year. Such students may take any module from the Junior Freshman (JF) and/or Senior Freshman (SF) years. Under special circumstances, and with the proper background in philosophy and the approval of the Philosophy Visiting Student Coordinator, courses from the Junior Sophister (JS) and/or Senior Sophister (SS) years may be selected.

Prospective Visiting Students

Further details on how to apply to come to Trinity as a visiting student are available from the University's Academic Registry. Any queries about course options may be directed to the Philosophy Visiting Student Coordinator, Dr. Ben Bramble (email).

Current Visiting Students

Philosophy Visiting Student Coordinator

Dr. Ben Bramble (email) is our visiting student coordinator for incoming students. His office is room 5003, Arts Building, and his office hours are Wednesdays, 3-5. The answers to many questions can be found in the Incoming Welcome Event slides above.

Course Registration Forms

All visiting students intending to take courses in the Department of Philosophy must obtain and complete a course registration form. Full instructions on module enrolment procedures are available from the University's Academic Registry

Course Requirements

Full-year visiting students are expected to fulfill the same course requirements, in terms of course work and exams, as Trinity students.

Students who are visiting for Michaelmas Term (autumn semester) only will be required to complete all essays for the course(s) in which they are enrolled as well as an extra assignment for each course.

Students who are visiting for Hilary Term (spring semester) only will be required to complete all essays for the course(s) in which they are enrolled as well as participate in the second half of the annual exam.

The annual exam period takes place from 30 April - 25 May 2017, which full-year and Hilary Term only visiting students should bear in mind when making travel arrangements.

Student Testimonials

Iseult Ward

BBS Graduate 2013 and Business Student of the Year Award Winner
I loved studying the various subjects and Business was my favourite module in first year, which was why I knew I'd continue specializing in it for the next three years. What I found interesting about my time as a business student was that when I initially applied for the course, I thought I would pursue work in investment banking or sales and trading. This quickly changed after reading an article on social business models and studying the concept of sustainability in my marketing elective. This totally changed my direction, leading me to found FoodCloud – a service that matches businesses with surplus food to the needs of their local community organisations – diverting the tonnes of good food being dumped while helping those most in need in our communities.

I was able to shape my final year business course to keep it relevant to my new 'business', receiving great support from lecturers, enjoying the content and encouraging me to do very well.

Jonathan Orde

BBS Graduate 2009
One of the big attractions about BESS for me, was the choice and flexibility afforded to undergraduates to explore interests in a variety of different subjects over the course of four years. Just as important as the course, is the place. Trinity has an amazing social atmosphere. Whatever your interest there are clubs and societies to develop any interest. If there isn't, you can create one!Get involved, run for elected position, organise events, stalk companies for sponsorship, the scope for ideas andcreativity on campus are endless and it's great fun.

Looking back on my time at Trinity, I have acquired a way of thinking, and skills which have set me up for life. Trinity is not text book learning. It is a combination of academic theories and ideas, applied to what's happening in the real world right now, through a practical medium. As a student, you won't just write essays. You'll learn how to present ideas publicly in front of your class and leading Irish companies; work in teams to complete assignments; work to deadlines and organize your time; debate and learn off each other. You'll develop a portfolio of skills and knowledge you can apply to almost anything.

Before I started working, I had dealt with large investment banks on behalf of Trinity Traders; worked in teams, worked to deadlines, and developed the academic knowledge and research skills needed to do my job. This gave me a great head-start.

Nick Fitzpatrick

BESS Graduate 2012
What first attracted me to the BESS programme was the enormous variety encompassed within one course. The common first year exposes students to Business, Economics and Political Science as well as Sociology, while also providing students the option to study a language or Law. I found this initial broad subject range extremely useful as it meant I could experience various different areas before specialising in the later years. As is the case with many students I was by no means certain which direction I wished to follow when I filled out my CAO form, but by choosing BESS I ensured that my options were left open as the course splits into 10 different degree options.

Personally I opted to pursue a single honors degree in Economics. I feel that this particular qualification has afforded me with a wealth of opportunities. The skills that I learned during my undergraduate years have proven to be the perfect preparation for the Master's degree I am currently pursuing. Many of my classmates opted to enter the workforce following the completion of their undergraduate Economics degrees and they found that a qualification from Trinity College is well received by employers.

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Svenja Dahlmann

BESS Graduate 2013 from Germany
I am in my final year now doing a joint-honors degree in Business and Political Science and I am very happy that I took that leap of faith and moved to Ireland. The best thing about studying in Trinity for me personally is the variety of things one can take up through the societies and faculties. I learnt Irish Sign Language and I am learning Chinese Mandarin at the moment. I don't think I would have taken up these things if I had studied at a German university.

The best thing about living in Dublin are the people, both Irish and foreign. People here are friendlier and more relaxed than where I come from and I like the culture and the vibe of the city.

Peter Robert Gardner

BESS Graduate 2012
I was originally attracted to the BESS programme because it would provide me with a broad base of subjects in junior freshman year (with modules in Economics, Sociology, Business, Political Science, and a choice between law and a language) whilst allowing me to specialise in a single subject by senior sophister year. I came to Trinity planning to study economics, however I found the senior freshman modules in sociology so fascinating that I decided to change to single honors sociology.

Sociology alters the lens through which we view the world. It provides us with a means of critically taking apart everything held to be obvious or normal in society, and so to better understand social phenomena. Sociology at Trinity supplied me with the chance to take apart issues of race, ethnicity, gender, popular culture, globalisation, developing societies, migration patterns and conflict zones. After graduating I decided to continue studying sociology at Trinity, taking a masters in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict, and I hope to pursue a career in academia. Through the lectures, reading material, discussions with students and lecturers, and the general academic environment, Sociology at Trinity has been invaluable to me in my development.

Emma Karolii Pulkkinen

BESS Graduate 2013 from Finland
I chose Trinity because of its reputation - though I didn't know much about it, I had heard the name before, and that's already saying quite a bit. The more I researched Trinity, and especially the BESS course, the more I felt like it was the right fit for me, and would get me the experience to learn about Irish culture, as well as many other cultures.

In Dublin I very much like the relaxed attitude; I never have to worry about asking someone if I'm lost. In addition there's so much to do in Dublin - this is my 3rd year in Dublin and I'm still finding things I haven't done!

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