This unit of study examines the social, cultural and political histories of Ireland. 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 start of 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;  
  2. Critically review a variety of conceptual approaches to interpreting Irish history;  
  3. Identify and interpret a wide variety of secondary and primary materials;  
  4. Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past in Ireland;  
  5. Construct an evidence-based argument in audio, digital, oral, visual or written form.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Document analysis (250 words or equivalent) 10%
Project Group project report (1000 words or equivalent) 30%
Essay Research Essay (1800 words or equivalent) 30%
Examination Exam with analytical answers and short answers (750 words or equivalent) 30%
Total effective word limit 3,000 words.

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