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Undergraduate Course: The Making of Modern Ireland, c.1798-1940: Politics and Society (HIST10281)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course aims to provide an understanding of some of the central themes within the history of Ireland in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It addresses the issues of emerging republicanism and unionism, the evolution of Catholic politics, and the impact of famine and migration on Irish society.
Course description Ireland, beyond the six counties of Northern Ireland, was once a constituent of the United Kingdom, and remains this country's closest European neighbour. Ireland's history is simultaneously distinctive and interconnected with that of modern Britain. This course seeks to explore the political and social history of Ireland from the period of insurgency and union in the 1790s, when some key political ideologies and movements were constructed, through to the achievement and consolidation of Irish independence in the years before the Second World War.


1: Introduction.

2: Insurgency and Union, 1798-1803.

3: Catholic Politics, 1800-45.

4: The Great Irish Famine, 1845-51.

5: Parnellism: Land and the National Question, 1870-90.

6: British Rule, 1892-1921.

7: Redmondism: Nation and Empire, 1900-18.

8: The Irish Revolution, 1916-23.

9: The Counter-Revolution: Independent Ireland, 1922-37.

10: Consolidating Partition, 1921-40.

11: The Impact of the Second World War.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
1. R.F. Foster, Modern Ireland, 1600-1972 (1989).

2. A. Jackson, Ireland, 1798-1998: War, Peace and Beyond, second edition (2010).

3. D. Harkness, Northern Ireland since 1920 (1983).

4. P. Geoghegan, Robert Emmet (Dublin, 2004).

5. T. Bartlett, The Fall and Rise of the Irish Nation: The Catholic Question, 1690-1830 (Dublin, 1992).

6. J.S. Donnelly, The Great Irish Potato Famine (2001).

7. F.S.L. Lyons, Charles Stewart Parnell (1977).

8. A. O'Day, Irish Home Rule, 1867-1921 (Manchester, 1998).

9. A. Jackson, Home Rule: An Irish History, 1800-2000 (2003).

10. M. Hopkinson, The Irish War of Independence (Dublin, 2004).

11. C. Townshend, The British Campaign in Ireland, 1919-21 (Oxford, 1975).

12. R. Dunphy, The Making of Fianna Fail Power in Ireland, 1923-48 (Oxford, 1995).

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsModern Ireland
Course organiserProf Alvin Jackson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3848
Course secretaryMrs Diane Knowles
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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