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Undergraduate Course: The Roots of Sectarianism in Scotland and Ireland (THET10060)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity 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
SummaryThis course will explore the historical formation of segregated Catholic and Protestant communities in the Scottish and Irish contexts. It will also address the modern legacy of sectarianism in these contexts through an exploration of issues around identity, culture, sport, and geography.
Course description Academic Description:

This course aims to:
- Explore the historic developments leading to community segregation of Catholics and Protestants in Scotland and Ireland;
- Provide a comparative analysis of the development of religious and cultural identities in Scotland and Ireland;
- Engage with continuing debates surrounding religious divisions in contemporary communities in Scotland and Ireland.

Syllabus Outline/Content:

This course aims to introduce students to the history of sectarianism within the context of Ireland and Scotland. The course is divided into two sections. The first will offer a historical perspective on the movement of religious beliefs between Ireland and Britain. It will begin by tracing the influence of Protestantism in the Irish context via the English and later British empire and will conclude with discussions of Irish immigration to Scotland in the 19th and 20th century. The second half of the course will discuss special topics related to contemporary issues of sectarianism in Scotland and Ireland. Particular emphasis will be given to topics relating to religion, identity, culture, sports, and geography.

Student Learning Experience information:

The students will read a selection of texts on the relevant topic each week. There will be a time in class for discussion of the texts as well as any questions raised. This will be followed by a more structured lecture on the topic at hand. Following each class, students will be asked to use their reading/discussion of the texts to write a one page reflection. This exercise will allow the students a space to engage with the texts and the lectures, as well as to attempt to articulate and synthesise their own thoughts about complex issues. Students will have the chance to submit their reflective practice to date in Week 3 for informal feedback. The exam will cover material from the entire course. There will be a review session in Week 11 that will allow students the opportunity to ask questions about relevant material. Personal reflection pieces will be submitted in Week 11
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students who want to learn more about the religious divisions that exist within the Scottish and Irish context, both historically and today, are encouraged to enroll in this course. Students will be offered an overview of a time period in Scottish and Irish history, as well as discussions surrounding contemporary issues related to Scottish and Irish religious and national identity.
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 a nuanced understanding of the historical, cultural, political and religious circumstances that led to the establishment of divided communities in Scotland and Ireland.
  2. Discern the differences in communal identities in Christian faith traditions in Scotland and Ireland
  3. Express informed opinions on current debates relating to sectarianism in Scotland and Ireland
  4. Demonstrate an ability to identify key terms and their meanings, along with good judgment concerning how to determine the relative importance of items on course bibliographies.
Reading List
Biagini, Eugenio F. British democracy and Irish nationalism 1876-1906 (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Boyle, Raymond and Peter Lynch. Out of the ghetto?: the Catholic community in modern Scotland (John Donald, 1998).
Breslin, Theresa. Divided City (Doubleday, 2005).
Brewer, John. Religion, Civil Society, and Peace in Northern Ireland (Oxford University Press, 2013).
Brooke, Peter. Ulster Presbyterianism: The Historical Perspective, 1610-1970 (Dublin, 1987)
Broun, D. et al. (eds.), Image and Identity: the Making and Remaking of Scotland through the Ages (1998), chs. 1-5
K.M. Brown, 'Scottish identity in the seventeenth century', in B. Bradshaw and P. Roberts (eds.), British Consciousness and Identity: the Making of Britain, 1533-1707 (1998)
Brown, Stewart J. "'Outside the Covenant': The Scottish Presbyterian Churches and Irish Immigration, 1922-1938." Innes Review 42.1 (1991): 19-45.
Bruce, Steve. Paisley: religion and politics in Northern Ireland (Oxford University Press, 2007).
Bruce, S., T. Glendenning, I. Paterson and M. Rosie, ¿Religious Discrimination in Scotland: Fact or Myth?¿ (2005). Ethnic and Racial Studies, 28:1.
Bruce, S., T. Glendenning, I. Paterson and M. Rosie, Sectarianism in Scotland (Edinburgh University Press, 2004).
Canny, Nicholas P. Making Ireland British, 1580-1650 (Oxford University Press, USA, 2001).
Claydon, Tony and Ian McBride (eds.), Protestantism and national identity: Britain and Ireland, c. 1650-c. 1850 (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Clayton, Tristan. '"Diasporic Otherness¿: racism, sectarianism and "national exteriority¿ in modern Scotland', Social & Cultural Geography 6.1 (2005): 99-116.
Coulter, Colin, Northern Ireland After the Troubles (Manchester University Press, 2008).
Cronin, Mike. A History of Ireland (Palgrave, 2001).
Darcy, Eamon. The Irish Rebellion of 1641 Amd the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (Boydell & Brewer, 2013).
Davey, Ray. A Channel of Peace (Marshall Pickering, 1993).
Dawson, J. 'The Gàidhealtachd and the emergence of the Scottish Highlands', in B. Bradshaw and P. Roberts (eds.), British Consciousness and Identity: the Making of Britain, 1533-1707 (1998)
Devine, Tom (ed.), Scotland's Shame?: Bigotry and Sectarianism in Modern Scotland (Mainstream Publishing Company Limited, 2000).
Donaldson, Gordon. Scotland: James V to James VII (Oliver & Boyd, 1965).
Doyle, Mark. Fighting like the devil for the sake of God: Protestants, Catholics and the origins of violence in Victorian Belfast (Manchester University Press, 2010).
Elliott, Marianne. The Catholics of Ulster (2002) [earlier editions available]
Elliott, Marianne. When God Took Sides: Religion and Identity in Ireland - Unfinished History (OUP, 2009)
Ellis, Steven G. The Making of the British Isles: The State of Britain and Ireland, 1450-1660 (Routledge, 2007).
Executive, Scottish. 'Sectarianism: action plan on tackling sectarianism in Scotland' (Edinburgh: Scottish Executive, 2006).
Flint, John. Bigotry, Football and Scotland (Edinburgh University Press, 2013).
Ferguson, William. The identity of the Scottish nation: an historic quest (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1998).
Ford, Alan, and John McCafferty (eds.), The Origins of Sectarianism in Early Modern Ireland. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Gallagher, Tom. Divided Scotland (Argyll Press, 2013).
Geoghegan, Peter. A Difficult Difference (Irish Academic Press, 2010).
Gillespie, Gordon. Years of Darkness (Gill and Macmillian, 2008).
Gillespie, Raymond. Devoted people: belief and religion in early modern Ireland (Manchester University Press, 1997).
Girvin, B. From Union to Union: Nationalism, Democracy, and Religion in Ireland--Act of Union to EU (Dublin, 2002).
Giulianotti, Richard et al. Football, Violence and Social Identity (Routledge, 1994).
Hayes, Patrick, and Jim Campbell. Bloody Sunday: trauma, pain and politics (Pluto Press, 2005).
Hempton, David. Religion and political culture in Britain and Ireland: From the Glorious Revolution to the decline of empire (Cambridge University Press, 1996).
Holliday, Laurel. Children of the Troubles (Pocket Books, 1997).
Holmes, Finlay. The Presbyterian Church in Ireland (Dublin, 2000)
Kaufmann, Eric P. The Orange Order: A Contemporary Northern Irish History (Oxford University Press, 2007).
Kennedy, Liam, and Philip Ollerenshaw (eds), Ulster Since 1600: Politics, Economy, and Society (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Kuper, Simon. Football Against the Enemy (Orion, 1994).
Mac Cuarta, Brian. Catholic Revival in the North of Ireland, 1603-41 (Four Courts Press, 2007).
McBride, Ian. Scripture Politics: Ulster Presbyterians and Irish radicalism in the late eighteenth century (Oxford, 1998)
McBride, Ian. Eighteenth-Century Ireland (Dublin, 2009)
McCrone, David. Understanding Scotland: the sociology of a nation (Routledge, 2002).
McFarland, Elaine W. Protestants First: Orangeism in Nineteenth Century Scotland (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1990).
McKay, Susan. Bear in Mind These Dead (Faber and Faber, 2008).
McKittrick, David and David McVea, Making Sense of the Troubles (Blackstaff Press, 2000).
Mitchell, Martin J., ed. New Perspectives on the Irish in Scotland (Tuckwell Press, 2008).
Moody, T.W. and F.X. Martin (eds), The Course of Irish History (Mercer Press, 1994, 2001)
Morris, Robert John, and Liam Kennedy, Ireland and Scotland: order and disorder, 1600-2000 (John Donald, 2003)
Ó Ciardha, Éamonn and Micheál Ó Siochrú. The Plantation of Ulster: Ideology and Practice (Manchester University Press, 2012).
Opsahl, Torkel. Citizens¿ Inquiry: The Opsahl Report (Lilliput Press, 1993).
Power, Maria. From Ecumenism to Community Relations (Irish Academic Press, 2007).
Rafferty, Oliver P. Catholicism in Ulster 1603-1983 (University of South Carolina Press, 1994).
Robinson, Leah. Embodied Peacebuilding (Peter Lang, 2015).
Robinson, Leah. ¿The Separation of Church and Soccer: The Impact of Secularization on Religion-Based Violence in Sports¿ in Religion and Society: Religion Transforming Society, Vol. 3 (Praeger, 2015).
Robinson, Philip S. The plantation of Ulster: British settlement in an Irish landscape, 1600-1670 (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1984).
Rosie, Michael. The sectarian myth in Scotland: of bitter memory and bigotry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
Spencer, Graham. Protestant identity and peace in Northern Ireland (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
Stevenson, David. Alasdair MacColla and the Highland problem in the seventeenth century (John Donald, 1980).
Stevenson, David. Scottish covenanters and Irish confederates: Scottish-Irish relations in the mid-seventeenth century (Ulster historical foundation, 2005).
Stewart, A.T.Q.,The narrow ground: aspects of Ulster, 1609-1969 (Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1997).
Stewart, Sara. ¿Women and Sectarianism in Scotland¿ (CERES Briefing, 2014).
Thain-Gray, Rachel. Mixing the Colours: Women Speaking About Sectarianism (Glasgow Women¿s Library, 2015).
Todd, Margo. The culture of Protestantism in early modern Scotland (Yale University Press, 2002).
Tonge, Johnathan. Northern Ireland: conflict and change (Routledge, 2013).
Vaughan, Geraldine. The 'local' Irish in the West of Scotland 1851-1921 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). [Ebook available through university library]
Wall, Patricia and Rory Williams, ¿Sectarianism at Work,¿ Ethnic and Racial Studies (2003), 26:4.
Wells, Ronald. People Behind the Peace (William B. Eerdmans, 1999).
Whan, Robert. The Presbyterians of Ulster 1680-1730 (Woodbridge, 2013)
Whyte, John. Interpreting Northern Ireland (Clarendon, 1991).
Wolffe, John (ed.), Irish religious conflict in comparative perspective; Catholics, Protestants and Muslims (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) [Ebook available through university library]
Wilson, Richard. Inside the Divide (Canongate Press, 2012).
Wichert, Sabine, Northern Ireland Since 1945 (Longman, 2001).
Wolffe, John (ed.), Protestant-Catholic Conflict from the Reformation to the 21st Century: The Dynamics of Religious Difference (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). [Ebook available through university library]
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSectarianism,Scotland,Ireland,Politics,Sociology,Religious Studies,Identity,Conflict
Course organiserRev Leah Robinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8918
Course secretaryMs Katrina Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 8900
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