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Undergraduate Module Descriptions

HI4721: Power, Belief and Culture: Europe, 1500-1750

This module will explore the rise of the nation state; the Habsburg-Valois wars; the Renaissance; humanism; late medieval Christianity; the Reformation; the Catholic Reformation; the ‘rise of capitalism’; European exploration and the ‘New World’; the development of political Absolutism; Louis XIV’s France; the Glorious Revolution in England, Scotland and Ireland; the Witchcraft trials of the seventeenth century; Non-Christian populations; the Scientific Revolution; the early / radical Enlightenment; proto-industrialisation; early eighteenth century European trade and global contacts.

HI4722: Revolution and Society: America and Europe, 1700-1815

This module is divided into two sections: section one deals with America and sectino two deals with Europe. The section on America considers patterns of settlement, economic and religious tensions and the beginning of slavery in colonial societies. It focuses on wars between the rivals for North America and on colonial opposition to British imperial authority. It explores the causes that lead to revolution and independence in 1776 and studies the key issues that faced the new Republic. The section on Europe discusses the nature of authority in an absolutist regime and the challenges to that authority from Enlightenment teachings. It explores the 'autonomy' of revolution in the French context from 1789 to 1814, tracing the evolution of popular and state nationalism and the transition from constitutionalism to dictatorship in the emergence of Napoleon.

HI4733: Ireland in the 'Three Kingdoms', 1500-1660

Introduction tothe New British and Irish History; Centralisation and Union? Scotland, England, Wales and Cornwall; Ireland in the sixteenth century; Ireland in the seventeenth century; the challenges of composite monarchy; the Wars of the Three Kingdoms; Gaelic cultures; the Reformations; religion and belief; languages and histories; migration and plantation; economies and material culture; How successful was the making of Britain?

HI4743: The Transformation of American Society, 1815-1939

This module explores the central themes in the transformation of American Society from the ending of the war of 1815 to the 1930s. These themes include the democratization of American Society and politics,  westward expansion and Manifest Destiny, the old south and slavery, civil war and reconstruction, industrialization, urbanization and immigration, progressivism and imperialism, 100 per cent Americanism and patriotism in the early 20th century as well as the disruptive depression of the 1930s. Focusing on attitudes and reactions to the major issues of race and ethnicity it examines and interrogates the fluid nature of the American nation.

HI4774: Politics and Society: Europe, 1815-1914

The course examines the history of Europe from 1815 to 1914. The first section deals thematically with the attempts to re-constitute European politics along conservative lines after the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte's French Empire and assesses the impact of rapid social, economic and political developments in the first half of the nineteenth century, leading to the Revolutions of 1848. The section section of the module takes a national or regional approach, assessing reform and the lack of it among the great European powers (Britain, France, Austria and Russia) and the emergence of two powerful new nation states (Germany and Italy). The final part of the course explores the profound changes that occured in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including the emergence of international tensions and conflicts that led to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.

HI4784: Kingdom and Colony: Ireland, 1660-1800

The Restoration; the 'War of the Two Kings'; the post-1691 settlement and the development of the Protestant interest; debates about Ireland's constitutional status and the development of Patriotism; the Penal Laws; Jacobitism and Irish Catholic migration overseas; the Presbyterian community; the Irish economy in the eighteenth century; Improvement and Enlightenment; the position of women and children; Catholic politics; the Volunteers and Legislative Independence; the Whiteboys and agrarian violence; radicalism and reaction in the 1790s; the Rebellion of 1798; the Act of Union.

HI4717: Modern/Contemporary World

The years 1914-90 shaped the political, economic and social shape of the European continent and its large overseas territories. This module will examine the First World War, the Russian Revolution, Inter-War Europe, the Second World War, the Cold War, Decolonisation and moves towards European Integration. Students will study an extensive range of primary source and video material, an increasing amount of which is now online.

HI4737: USA: 1945-Present

From the prosperous fifties through the turbulent sixties, the recessionary seventies and reactionary eighties, post-World War 2 America has been a dominant power in the world. Since the ending of the Cold War in 1989, America is regarded as the only superpower. This course will chart the main events and issues that shaped the United States during this period. Political, social and cultural aspects will be examined as well as America’s role in the wider world. The overarching issues of race, class and gender will be explored and key and historical moments such as Mc Carthyism, Cuba, Black power, Vietnam, and Watergate will be critically evaluated.

HI4747: Ireland 1800-1922: Land and Belief (not available in 2017-2018)

This module examines social and economic change in Ireland during ‘long nineteenth century’ (1800-1922), centring on changing patterns of land ownership, the social repercussions of denominational conflict, the emergence of urban civic culture, and the challenges facing the reforming state.

HI4788: Whose Ireland? Nationalism and Loyalism since 1800

This course researches the evolution and development of the two main political identities in Ireland, Nationalism and Unionism/Loyalism. It examines the modern origins of these identities in the late 1790s, and explores the constantly changing character of each over the following two decades. The course puts emphasis on the similarities as well as the differences between these identities, the cultural and religious forces shaping them, and the way in which practical economic issues frequently blurred the boundaries between them. The course combines a chronological with a thematic approach, exploring the move from Union in 1800 to partition in 1920, and following the evolution of the Northern Ireland issue over the following half-century. Combining primary material and current scholarship, the course puts the Irish experience into a wider context and uses Ireland as a template for approaching the issue of political identity in the broadest sense.

HI4768: Politics, Culture and Society in Independent Ireland 1922-92

This module explores the first seven decades of Irish independence looking at the emergence of new state structures, political, administrative and constitutional; the varying fortunes of the Irish economy; foreign policy; population and social change; education and the Irish language; popular culture; the role of women in Irish society, and the role of the Churches.

HI4757: The High Kings of early Ireland AD 600-1014

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the medieval history of Ireland prior to the year 1000; Genetic influxes during the late prehistoric and early medieval periods – Celts and Vikings; The arrival of writing and Christianity; Sources for Irish political history: annals; Sources for Irish political history: genealogies; Sources for Irish political history: wisdom literature and the law; High-kingship of Tara and the provincial kingdoms; The role of the Church in promoting political hierarchy; The Eóganacht rulers of Munster: Cashel v. Killarney; Feidlimid mac Crimthann and the Céili Dé; Viking mercenaries and the establishment of the coastal cities; The origins of Thomond and the rise of the Dál Cais; Conclusions.

HI4759: Death and the Afterlife in Early Modern Ireland and Britain

This module will deal with death and the dead in early modern Ireland and Britain, considering the process of dying; ideas about 'good' and 'bad' deaths; the preparation of dead bodies; funeral rituals; expressions of grief; the location of burial; reasons for the exhumation of corpses; the uses of funerary commemoration; people's expectations of the afterlife; and their ideas about the returning dead (ghosts and revenants). It will engage with the changes brought about by the Reformations in the Irish and British Isles, and the ways in whcih the treatment of the dead can throw light on interactions within communities and between members of different religious and political groups. While the focus is primarily on the period 1450-1750, the ideas and issues encountered will be relevant to other times and places as well.

HI4760: Special Topics in History (Unconventional Warfare in the Twentieth Century)

This module is designed to enable students to investigate a topic that is of particular relevance to the research area of the lecturer. The current topic is Unconventional Warfare in the Twentieth Century. Using three case studies of British counterinsurgency in the twentieth century - Ireland, 1919-1921; Palestine, 1936-39; and Kenya, 1952-56 - this module will chart the evolution of unconventional warfare since 1900. It will explore what motivates the guerrilla and the bandit, fanatic or terrorist. It will also investigate the diverse strategies that conventional forces have developed to meet the very particular problems posed by guerrilla war. Students will engage with the key debates on the nature of violence during unconventional warfare, its practitioners, and its victims. They will also engage with relevant primary sources, reflect on historiographical trends, and discuss current controversies on the use of terror and counter-terror.

HI4714: Early Modern Ireland, 1500-1800 (B.Ed. elective module only)

This module examines Irish history from the early sixteenth century to the late eighteenth century through a series of case studies. The module places a strong emphasis on reading primary sources, as well as on debates among historians drawn from in-depth reading of specialist secondary sources.

HI4754: Oral History: Principles and Practice (B.Ed. elective module only)

Oral History, the recording and analysis of personal testimonies, allows students to experience at first hand the research and analysis of 'living' history. The course involves listening to and discussing a wide range of recordings, the analysis of the historical insights therein, and the identification of problems involved in dealing with such subjective historical evidence. Students work in class on the 'how to' of open-ended interviewing (i.e. interviewing that combines the flexibility of social conversation with the rigor of historical analysis). They also carry out their own fieldwork, interviewing an individual about a theme or topic that illuminates the nature of social interaction in the past, they transcribe, index and analyse that interview, and they assess their own experience of interviewing with a view to using this type of historical exploration in postgraduate research, in teaching, in the heritage sector, and in other fields that require a combination of listening, interpersonal and investigative skills.



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