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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 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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: 504030).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students must have 3 History courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Enrolments for this course are managed by the CAHSS Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department. All enquiries to enrol must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
2,000 word Mid-term essay (33%)
4,000 word Final essay (67%)
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework, 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. A Jackson (ed), The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History, paperback (2017)

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

3. T.Bartlett (ed), The Cambridge History of Ireland, vol.4: 1880 to the Present, paperback (2018)

4. P. Bew, Ireland: the Politics of Enmity, 1789-2006 (Oxford, 2007)

5. E. Biagini and M. Daly (eds), The Cambridge Social History of Modern Ireland (Cambridge, 2016)

6. D. Ferriter, The Transformation of Ireland, 1900-2000 (2004)

7. D. Fitzpatrick, The Two Ireland, 1912-39 (Oxford, 1998)

8. R.F. Foster, Modern Ireland, 1600-1972 (London, 1989)

9. K.T. Hoppen, Ireland since 1800: Conflict and Conformity (London, 1999)

10. A. Jackson, Home Rule: An Irish History, 1800-2000, paperback edition (London, 2004)

11. J.Kelly (ed), The Cambridge History of Ireland, vol.3: 1730-1880 (2018)

12. C. Ó Gráda, A New Economic History of Ireland, 1780-1939 (Oxford, 1994)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsModern Ireland
Course organiserProf Alvin Jackson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3848
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Ord
Tel: (0131 6)50 3580
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