This unit of study examines the social, cultural and political histories of Ireland, 1798 - 2018. Within this, the complex social, political and economic relationship with Britain will be critically examined, as will the importance of migration from Ireland. A component of the unit will examine the fraught connections between memory, history and culture that collided in the late 1960s and the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse key events in 19th and 20th century Irish history and in Irish emigrant communities;  
  2. Identify and interpret a wide variety of secondary and primary materials;  
  3. Understand and employ a variety of conceptual approaches to interpreting Irish history;  
  4. Apply research skills in analysing historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past in Ireland;  
  5. Collaboratively construct an evidence-based argument in audio, digital, oral, visual and written form; and  
  6. Critically review themes in Irish emigrant history.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Document Analysis 20%
Report Irish Emigrant History Report 40%
Test In class tests 30%
Test Quizzes based on readings 10%
Total effective word limit 3,000 words.

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