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Undergraduate Course: Becoming Modern: Society and Culture in Ireland since 1780 (HIST10360)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryFrom the end of the eighteenth century Ireland was transformed into what was ostensibly a 'modern' society. This course explores the Irish encounter with modernity, paying particular attention to the effect of cultural and social change on mentalities, world-views and everyday life. Using primary sources including folklore, migrant letters, autobiographies, diaries and other eyewitness accounts such as travel writings as well as the more traditional sources of historical inquiry (contemporary writings, government records), it analyses the experience of 'becoming modern'. Subjects that are explored include how notions of time changed in response to the demands of industrial capitalism, the ways in which conceptions of order were integrated into everyday life, and the reasons why the natural world continued to retain a strong hold on Irish imaginations until the 1950s and 1960s.
Course description Semester 1 1780-1870
1. Introduction
2. Theories of modernity
3. Knowledge and the new order
4. Everyday life
5. Language and cultural change
6. Making good citizens
7. Belief and other worlds
8. Power and inequality
9. Family and household
10. State and society
11. Conclusion

Semester 2 1870-1970
1. Introduction: Ireland in 1870
2. Science, technology and everyday life
3. A wider world
4. Work and leisure
5. Material cultures
6. Faith and fraternity
7. Class and nation
8. Order and disorder
9. Exile
10. The rise of individualism?
11. Conclusions
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  15
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 344 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Students are required to attend a weekly Autonomous Learning Group - times to be arranged
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 15 %, Practical Exam 35 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Two essays of 3,000 words (35% of overall assessment, i.e. 17.5% each); two two-hour examination papers (50% of overall assessment, i.e. 25% each); non-written skills (15% of overall assessment, i.e. two oral presentations of 7.5% each).
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Paper 12:00
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Paper 22:00
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:
-a knowledge of the nature of the Irish encounter with modernity;
-an awareness of the complexities involved in the study of everyday life and popular culture;
-an ability to utilise relevant primary sources to support historical arguments;
-enhanced essay writing and oral presentation skills
-the acquisition of the above skills by way of essay, examination, class participation and presentation.
Reading List
Angela Bourke et al. (eds), The Field Day anthology of Irish writing, vols. 4-5, Irish women's writing and traditions (2002). Joe Cleary and Claire Connolly (eds), The Cambridge companion to modern Irish culture (2006).
Joe Cleary, Outrageous fortune: capital and culture in modern Ireland (2007)
S. J. Connolly, Priests and people in pre-famine Ireland 1780-1845 (1985)
Michael De Nie and Sean Farrell (eds), Power and popular culture in modern Ireland (2010)
James S. Donnelly and Kerby A. Miller (eds), Irish popular culture, 1650-1850 (1997)
Terry Eagleton, Heathcliff and the great hunger: studies in Irish culture (1995)
Luke Gibbons, Transformations in Irish culture (1996)
Glenn Hooper and Colin Graham (eds.), Irish and postcolonial writing: history, theory, practice (2002)
Declan Kiberd, Inventing Ireland: the literature of the modern nation (1996)
Joseph Lee, The modernisation of Irish society, 1848-1918 (1973)
David Lloyd, Irish culture and colonial modernity 1800¿2000 (2011)
Maria Luddy, Women in Ireland, 1800-1918 (1995)
Niall O Ciosáin, Print and popular culture in Ireland, 1750-1850 (2010)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical interpretation of historical interpretations and primary sources; oral and written presentation skills
KeywordsBecoming Modern
Course organiserDr Enda Delaney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3755
Course secretaryMrs Caroline Cullen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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