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

Postgraduate Course: Diaspora, Migration and Exile: The History of the Global Irish since 1600 (PGHC11411)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines the transnational history of the global Irish since 1600 by exploring the extent to which the context of departure from Ireland shaped subsequent experiences in the new communities, how links were maintained between the homeland and the multigenerational diaspora, and the place of Ireland in the diasporic imagination
Course description Over 80 million people worldwide claim Irish descent as part of one of the most significant global diasporas in modern history. Many countries and regions were shaped in some way by Irish settlement, and Irish migration was a defining feature of the history of Ireland since the early modern period with over 10 million leaving the island. This course seeks to evaluate the vast historiography of the global Irish by examining the diverse experiences of the Irish diaspora in a variety of national and regional contexts. It also explores the interactions between the Irish overseas and Ireland itself, in particular by investigating topics such as politics, cultural interactions, and the construction of Irish diasporic identities across the globe.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Diaspora, Migration & Exile: A History of the Global Irish since 1600 (online) (PGHC11420)
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 assessed coursework an advanced knowledge of the main trends in the writing of the history of the Irish diaspora since 1600
  2. Demonstrate in assessed coursework an understanding of the key historiographical debates about the experiences of the global Irish in a number of national and regional contexts and a critical appreciation of the insights offered by both comparative and transnational approaches to the study of the Irish diaspora
  3. Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain original scholarly arguments in oral and written form in seminar discussions and presentations by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course
  4. Demonstrate in seminar discussions and presentations, 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
D. H. Akenson, The Irish diaspora: a primer (1993)

Andy Bielenberg (ed.), The Irish diaspora (2000).*

Tim Pat Coogan, Wherever green is worn: the story of the Irish diaspora (2002)

Patrick Fitzgerald and Brian Lambkin, Migration in Irish history, 1607-2007 (2008)

Kevin Kenny, The American Irish: a history (2000)

Kevin Kenny (ed.), Ireland and the British Empire (2004).*

J.J. Lee and Marion R. Casey (eds.), Making the Irish American: history and heritage of the Irish in the United States (2006).*

Donald M. MacRaild, The Irish in Britain, 1800-1914 (2006)

Kerby A. Miller, Emigrants and exiles: Ireland and the Irish exodus to North America (1985)

Patrick O'Sullivan (ed.), The Irish world wide: history, heritage, identity (6 vols., 1992-97)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsdiaspora migration exile irish
Course organiserProf Enda Delaney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3755
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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