The History of Christianity in Ireland TRS5102

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This masters course will explore the history and theology of the Irish churches, in particular the politically motivated imposition of Protestantism through the Church of Ireland, from the sixteenth century until the present, and explore the socio-political and intellectual context of ecclesiastical developments. It will address the depth of Christianity's impact on Irish culture and its influence in stratifying Irish society.


10 x 2 hour seminars as scheduled on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





1 x 3,000 word essay (60%)

1 x 2,000 word specialised essay or book review (40%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce the praise the key events, processes and debates in Early Modern and Modern Irish Church History;

■ Enable students to critically analyse the historical background of the church landscape in Ireland today;

■ Enable students to formulate a deeper understanding of the interactions between church and society in Ireland since 1500;

■ Assess the overall influence of religion on Irish society and in defining corporate identities.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Evaluate the critical and theoretical approaches to a range of key developments, processes, movements and structures in Irish Church History from 1500 to the present;

■ Critically analyse the depth of influence competing Christian traditions has had on Ireland since the 16th century;

■ Compose arguments effectively in speech and in writing at an advanced level, delivered in class presentations;

■ Design sophisticated research using appropriate methodological themes and locate this within the established historiography;

■  Formulate clear and well-researched arguments about the historical significance of religion for Irish culture, and how it has created divisions.

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.