Ireland since the famine, 1845-1998 ADED1078E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the most important political, social and economic developments in nineteenth and twentieth century Ireland. There will be particular focus on the nature and development of the 'Irish Question' and the growth of Irish nationalism and unionism since 1845. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate conflicting historical interpretations and look at the social and economic context within which nationalism and unionism developed.

Timetable

Blocks 1 and 2

Wednesdays, 10.00-12.00

Requirements of Entry

None 

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Assessment will consist of two pieces of written work. The first will be a coursework essay of 1500-2000 words worth 40% of the final grade due by the end of the first semester. The second piece of work will be a longer project of 4000 words based around an analysis of a specific primary source or sources. This project, worth 60% of the final grade, will be due at the end of the second semester.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are: 

■ To give students a critical understanding of the most important political, social and economic developments in nineteenth and twentieth century Ireland.

■ To encourage students to identify, assess and engage with historiography specific to this course.

■ To deepen history-specific intellectual skills already acquired or to assist those studying history as a discipline for the first time in acquiring such skills.

■ To foster a wide range of transferable skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify, assess and engage with historiography specific to this course.

■ Demonstrate a capacity to evaluate conflicting historical interpretations.

■ Elucidate the social and economic context in which Irish nationalism and Irish unionism developed

■ Apply broad historical concepts in specific cases.

■ Research and produce a coherent written analysis of selected topics based on accurate use of secondary material.

Students will be able to demonstrate:

Knowledge and understanding

■ An understanding of the reasons for the development of nationalism and unionism, the breakdown of British authority in south and west Ireland and the establishment of partition.

■ A familiarity with a selection of relevant contemporary sources.

■ A capacity to evaluate conflicting historical interpretations.

 

Historical skills

■ An understanding of the problematic nature of the past.

■ An appreciation of the complexity and diversity of the past.

■ An understanding of the limitations of historical knowledge.

■ A capacity to collect evidence to test or support a historical case.

■ An awareness of the importance of debate in history.

■ The ability to critically evaluate primary and secondary source material.

 

Transferable skills

■ The ability to argue a persuasive case.

■ A capacity for working independently and in groups, and for effective time management.

■ Literature searching skills.

■ An ability to analyse and solve problems.

■ A capacity for organisation, clarity and fluency in written expression.

■ Oral communication skills.

■ Inter-personal skills.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.