Undergraduate Course: The Great Irish Famine 1845-1852: Hunger, Modernity and Exile (HIST10362)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Over one million people died during the Great Irish Famine of 1845-1852 and at least another million people emigrated, most destined for North America. Ireland, then a part of the United Kingdom, witnessed terrible suffering and widespread death and disease. This course explores how this happened, and what the consequences were both of Ireland and other countries.
What happened in Ireland during the terrible years of the Great Irish Famine is the subject of much debate among historians, not least because of the vexed question: who, if anyone, was responsible for this appalling tragedy? This course explores issues of causation and responsibility, as well as the social, political and economic dimensions of the Irish crisis. How many people died, what kinds of people died, and indeed was the famine inevitable? How does the Irish experience compare with famines elsewhere? And lastly, what was the subsequent significance of this crucial event for Irish-British relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||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, PTs are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504030).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting Students should usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
3,000 word Essay (40%)
Discussion Forum Participation (10%)
3,000 word Primary Source Essay (40%)
Group Presentation (10%)
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- a knowledge of the causes, course and consequences of the Great Irish Famine;
- an understanding of the key historiographical debates relating to this period;
- an awareness of the complexities involved in the study of a controversial episode in modern Irish history;
- an ability to utilise relevant primary sources to support historical arguments.
|Austin Bourke, 'The Visitation of God'? The Potato and Great Irish Famine |
John Crowley, William J. Smyth and Mike Murphy (eds.), Atlas of the Great Irish
Mary E. Daly, The Famine in Ireland (1986).
Enda Delaney, The Curse of Reason: The Great Irish Famine (2012).
James S. Donnelly Jr., The Great Irish Potato Famine (2001).
R. D. Edwards and T. D. Williams (eds.), The Great Famine: Studies in Irish
History, 1845-52 (1956/1994).
Peter Gray, Famine, Land and Politics: British Government and Irish Society, 1843-1850 (1999
Christine Kinealy, This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine, 1845-52 (1994).
Christine Kinealy, The Great Irish Famine: Impact, Ideology and Rebellion 2001).
Cormac Ó Gráda,The Great Irish Famine (1989/1995).
Cormac Ó Gráda, Black 47 and Beyond: The Great Irish Famine in History,
Economy and Memory (1999).
Cormac Ó Gráda, Ireland's Great Famine: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2006).
Cathal Póirteir (ed.),The Great Irish Famine (1995).
Cecil Woodham Smith, The Great Hunger (1962, 1991).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Critical interpretation of historical interpretations and primary sources; oral and written presentation skills
|Keywords||The Great Irish Fame
|Course organiser||Prof Enda Delaney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3755
|Course secretary||Miss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501