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2007/08 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2130 Ireland: Conflict and Resolution 1885-1985

20 creditsClass Size: 42

Module manager: Dr Georgina Sinclair
Email: g.s.sinclair@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2007/08

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will identify topics that have provoked contentious, and, ongoing historical debate. It will draw students' attention to these debates within the study of Irish history from 1885-1949 and Northern Ireland from 1921-1984. Whilst giving students a chronological overview of this period it will consider political, economic, social and cultural themes. These will include: what is Ireland? - colony, settler state or part of the British 'nation'?; ruling Ireland under the Act of Union; Ireland and the British Empire; home rule; the rise of Irish nationalism and the advent of Sinn Fein, the partition of Ireland in 1921 and the Anglo-Irish War; fifty years of Unionist rule in Northern Ireland; the breakdown of public order in Northern Ireland in 1969 and the reimposition of home rule; the social divide: Catholics and Protestants; discrimination?; the political divide: Unionists, Nationalists and Republicans; the rise of sectarianism and terrorism: the IRA and loyalist paramilitaries, the Troubles, 1970-1985.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- identify and explain the main themes within the history of late nineteenth century Ireland and twentieth century Northern Ireland
- appraise critically the historical interpretations of the subject
- demonstrate a basic grasp of the techniques of comparative historical analysis over a wide chronological and geographical range
- organise material and articulate arguments effectively in writing, both under timed conditions and in assessed essays.

Skills outcomes
Enhances Common Skills listed below:

High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information.
Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources.
Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.


Syllabus

This module will identify topics that have provoked contentious, and, ongoing historical debate. It will draw students' attention to these debates within the study of Irish history from 1885-1949 and Northern Ireland from 1921-1984. Whilst giving students a chronological overview of this period it will consider political, economic, social and cultural themes. These will include: what is Ireland? - colony, settler state or part of the British 'nation'?; ruling Ireland under the Act of Union; Ireland and the British Empire; home rule; the rise of Irish nationalism and the advent of Sinn Fein, the partition of Ireland in 1921 and the Anglo-Irish War; fifty years of Unionist rule in Northern Ireland; the breakdown of public order in Northern Ireland in 1969 and the reimposition of home rule; the social divide: Catholics and Protestants; discrimination?; the political divide: Unionists, Nationalists and Republicans; the rise of sectarianism and terrorism: the IRA and loyalist paramilitaries, the Troubles, 1970-1985.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Tutorial61.006.00
Private study hours183.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Exam preparation; researching, preparing, and writing assignments; undertaking set reading; and self-directed reading around the topic.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions, an assessed Nathan Bodington exercise worth 10% of module marks, an assessed essay.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 word assessed essay30.00
Oral PresentationOral contribution in class, can be resat with 'an equivalent written exercise'10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

10% oral presentations are redone with 'an equivalent written exercise'


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/01/2008

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