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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Scotland and Ireland, 1800 to 1945 (PGHC11390)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to consider the comparative and transnational history of Scotland and Ireland in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A range of political, social, economic and cultural history topics will be analysed.
Course description There is a rich tradition of Scottish-Irish Comparative history and to this there has been added a growing body of material that considers the topic from a transnational point of view. The course will introduce students to the conceptual background to these approaches and build on the core courses for both online and face-to-face programmes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in forum posts and the final essay a detailed and critical command of the body of knowledge concerning Scottish and Irish history in this period
  2. Demonstrate in forum posts and the final essay an ability to analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship, primary source materials concerning, and conceptual discussions about Scottish and Irish history in this period
  3. Demonstrate in forum posts and the final essay, an ability to understand and apply specialised research or professional skills, techniques and practices considered in the course
  4. Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain original scholarly arguments in seminars and in written assessment by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course
  5. Demonstrate in seminar discussions, forum posts and written assessment originality and independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers; and a considerable degree of autonomy
Reading List
Enda Delaney, 'Our island story? Towards a transnational history of late modern Ireland', Irish Historical Studies, 37 (2011), 599-621.

M.A.G. O Tuathaigh, 'Irish Historical "revisionism": state of the art or ideological project' in Ciaran Brady (ed.), Interpreting Irish History: The Debate on Historical Revisionism, 1938 - 1994 (Dublin, 1994), 306-26.

D.G. Boyce and A. O'Day (eds), 'Introduction: revisionism and the revisionist controversy' in D.G. Boyce and A. O'Day (eds), The Making of Modern Irish History (London, 1996) (ebook)

'Wither Scottish History', Scottish Historical Review, 73, (1994).

'Writing Scotland's History', Scottish Historical Review, 76, (1997).

'The State of Early Modern and Modern Scottish Histories', Scottish Historical Review, 92, Supplement (2013).

T.M.Devine and J. Wormald 'The study of modern Scottish history', in T.M.Devine and J. Wormald (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Modern Scottish History (Oxford, 2012)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The study of the past gives students a unique understanding of the present that will enable them to succeed in a broad range of careers. The transferable skills gained from this course include:
- understanding of complex issues and how to draw valid conclusions from the past
- ability to analyse the origins and development of current historiographical debates
- a command of bibliographical and library- and/or IT-based online and offline research skills
- a range of skills in reading and textual analysis
- ability to question and problematize evidence; considering the relationship between evidence and interpretation
- understanding ethical dimensions of research and their relevance for human relationships today
- ability to marshal arguments lucidly, coherently and concisely, both orally and in writing
- ability to deliver a paper or a presentation in front of peer audiences
- ability to design and execute pieces of written work and to present them suitably, as evidenced by the final assessment essay of 3,000 words
KeywordsScotland Ireland
Course organiserMs Anna Feintuck
Tel: (0131 6)50 4384
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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