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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.

HI4716: Controversies in History

This module gives students an awareness of major controversies in history by examining key debates drawn from eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century Irish, European and American history. It allows students to investigate different interpretations of key events and to examine primary source documents and other evidence. It provides a framework for thinking critically about events and ideas in the past and opens up the possibility of questioning established narratives.

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?

HI4742: Major Themes in American History, 1850-1975

This module will focus on the broad themes and developments of American history, 1850-1975. It will be framed around essential questions such as slavery; the struggle for civil and political rights; the Civil War; industrialization; urbanization and immigration; the role of government; race, class and gender relations and America's role as an imperial or global power. Key crises such as the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement, McCarthyism, Vietnam and Watergate will be highlighted. Students will examine and analyse a diverse arrange of primary and secondary sources including documentary, newspaper and visual sources as well as historical documentaries and scholarly articles.

HI4771: From Revolution to Integration: Europe, 1789-200

The module will introduce students to the major themes in European history over the past two centuries. The first half of the module examines the period from the start of the French Revolution in 1789 to the eve of the First World War in 1914. The module will address a number of key subjects: the French Revolution and Napoleonic Europe; the nature of the post-Napoleonic settlement and the challenges to it; social, economic and cultural changes, particularly the impact of industrialisation; the development of nationalism, to include specific case studies (for example, Germany and/or Italy); European engagement with the rest of the world, particularly the 'new' imperialism of the post-1870 period; the diplomatic and other factors leading to the outbreak of the First World War. The second half of the module will examine the 'short twentieth century', or what Eric Hobsbawn described as the 'Age of Extremes'. Topics covered will include, the First World War and post-war violence in Europe; the Russian Revolition; Fascism and Stalinism in the interwar years; the Second World War and the Holocaust; the Cold War and the collapse of European empires; the rise and fall of Communism in Eastern Europe; and European integration after 1945.

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.

HI4748: The Irish Diaspora in the United States, 1845-1920

Focusing on the period 1850-1920, this module will investigate the lived experience of Irish immigrants in the United States of America. It will deal with key issues such as the notion of diaspora, the concepts of assimilation and integration, and the evolution of an Irish American identity. While examining areas of commonality, the module will explore differences in the immigrant experience between male and female, urban and rural, east and west, north and south and between first, second and third-generation Irish. Significant changes over time, such as changes in representation, attitudes to Ireland and labour practices will be evaluated. Students will examine and analyse a diverse array of primary sources including documentary, newspaper, and visual sources as well as historical documentaries and scholarly articles.  

HI4772: 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.

HI4773: Exiles, Migrants, Refugees? The Irish in Europe, 1500-1815

This module assesses the history of Irish migration to early modern Europe. The module introduces students to key themes: the causes and geography of Irish migration; the context of political-diplomatic alliances; military migration and the development of Irish regiments abroad; religious and educational migration and the development of Irish colleges; economic migration and the development of merchant houses and networks. The module assesses migration in the context of poverty, gender, family migration, assimilation, integration, cultural exchange and identity formation. The module will also examine Irish migration within the imperial networks of Catholic European powers, such as France and Spain. The module will conclude by examining the impact of the French Revolution on Irish migration and its re-orientation in the nineteenth century.

HI4747: Ireland 1800-1922: Land and Belief

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.

HI4782: Society, Culture and Politics in Twentieth Century Ireland

This module will chart the history of modern Ireland from the final decades of the Act of Union, through revolution and partition, to the creation of two new states and the challenges that followed in the Irish Free State (later the Republic of Ireland) and in Northern Ireland. The module will explore how ordinary people lived in this period, and how family, social, and working lives were impacted by political and cultural change. Topics covered include sectarianism; the border; political and economic challenges in the two states; religion; class and gender; emigration; the 'Emergency' and neutrality; and the Troubles (c.1968-1998). Students will analyse and evaluate current debates among historians. They will also engage directly with a host of relevant primary source collections (many of which are now available online) including census returns, newspapers, pamphlets and posters, parliamentary debates and reports, letters, diaries, memoirs and more.

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

This module is designed to enable students to investigate a topic that is of particular relevance to the research area of the lecturer. Further information will be made available on the topic to be offered in 2018-2019.

HI4737: USA, 1945-present (B.Ed. elective module only)

From the prosperous fifties through the turbulent sixties, the recessionary seventies and the 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 historical moments such as McCarthyism, Cuba, Black power, Vietnam, and Watergate will be critically evaluated.

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.

HI4768: Politics, Culture and Society in Independent Ireland, 1922-92 (B.Ed. elective module only)

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.



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