History Joint Major (HSJ1)

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The History programme is designed to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the past, and the tools with which to pursue that knowledge and understanding. It is aimed at anyone who has an interest in history, and no prior qualification in the discipline is required. What we do expect is that students approach the subject in an inquisitive and critical way, and are prepared to consider the history of Ireland and the world from a variety of perspectives. The syllabus takes in the entire sweep of history, from the fall of the Roman Empire to the present, and  embraces all aspects of human experience. This includes conflict and political change, the lives of individuals and the fortunes of nations and civilisations. It also includes how people lived, how they thought and how they expressed themselves. The study of history, then, overlaps with the study of such subjects as gender, medicine, the media, religion and literature. Students learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and independent study, working with active researchers in the field and interacting with their peers. The objective is not only to learn what happened in the past. It is also about identifying and evaluating historical evidence, and about posing questions and framing answers based their consideration. The History programme, therefore, allows you to deepen your study of history, while teaching skills that are valuable in any career you choose.


1 - Demonstrate a familiarity with of a broad range of historical periods and situations, Irish and international.
2 - Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of selected fields of historical study.
3 - Appreciate continuities and contrasts between diverse historical periods and situations.
4 - Analyse primary source evidence, place it in context and assess its reliability.
5 - Use primary sources in an ethical and effective way, informed by an understanding of how professional historians conduct research, pose questions and frame answers.
6 - Demonstrate an understanding of diverse academic viewpoints and methodologies.
7 - Deliver oral presentations clearly and confidently, and engage constructively in group discussions.
8 - Submit written work which is coherently argued, backed up by evidence, well-presented, and documented in an academic format appropriate to the discipline.
9 - Demonstrate a knowledge of research skills that are fundamental to historical inquiry and more broadly applicable.
This exciting programme offers you an opportunity to study the historical background to the contemporary world as well as examining the link between political systems and political ideas, and exploring some of the main issues in international politics.

You will build on historical analysis to gain an understanding of how political systems operate globally. Refer to the Arts Omnibus page for subject descriptions.
In Stage 1 you will be introduced to models of democracy in political theory, Irish politics, international and comparative politics alongside the context of European history from the Roman to the European empires of the 19th and 20th centuries. Ireland plays an important role within this framework as a colonised country with a deep cultural identity.

In Stage 2 you will be given the opportunity to develop your understanding of Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory. Modules on 20th Century War and Peace and The Irish Experience 1920-2000 provide you with an historical background that enhances your understanding of international politics so that you have the analytical skills o assess the interplay between history, politics and international relations.

After Year 2, you are encouraged to spend a year at another European university through the Erasmus exchange scheme, or through other international exchanges at non-European universities; when you return to UCD and have completed the final year of your degree, you are awarded a BA (International) degree.

The year abroad takes place when you have accumulated at least 110 credits and satisfied any subject prerequisites, adding a fourth year to the BA programme and turning it into a BA International

A wide range of employment opportunities in the public and private sectors is available to graduates of this programme, both in Ireland and abroad. Areas include the print and broadcasting media, the civil service, the diplomatic service, business, administration and research, as well as careers as public representatives and in academic life.

UCD School of History & Archives,
Newman Building,
Belfield,
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 716 8371/8375/8376

Email:history@ucd.ie
Web:www.ucd.ie/historyarchives

Stage 2

Students must register to the Stage 2 core module and select four Level 2 option modules.

Stage 3

Students must select two 10-credit Stage 3 option modules and one 5-credit Level 3 option module.

Stage 4

Students must select two 10-credit Stage 4 option modules and one 5 credit Stage 4 option module

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
HIS21140 History Today Autumn

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options - A)MIN4OF:
Select a minimum of 4 option modules
     
HIS20460 Islam and Christianity in the Middle Ages Autumn

5

HIS20950 European Statecraft, Strategy & Culture, c. 1470-c.1770: Personalities & Power Autumn

5

HIS20960 Living Loving & Dying in 19th Century Ireland Autumn

5

HIS21320 Sport and the modern world Autumn

5

HIS20820 Nazi Germany Spring

5

HIS21120 Northern Ireland, 1920-2010: from partition to Paisley Spring

5

HIS21170 The Making of the Middle East Spring

5

HIS21240 Celts, Romans and Vikings: The Formation of Early Ireland Spring

5

HIS21260 From the Goldmines to Trump: A global history of nativism and anti-immigration since the mid-19th c. Spring

5

HIS21330 Global Asia Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - A)MIN4OF:
Select a minimum of 4 option modules
     
Stage 2 Options - B)MIN0OF:
This a College of Arts and Humanities module, It is the equivalent of an elective. You can take it instead of taking one of your Stage 2 electives. Please make sure that you have selected the correct number of programme options from the list above. This is not one of your required options.
     
HUM20010 Career Readiness for Arts Autumn

5

Stage 2 Options - B)MIN0OF:
This a College of Arts and Humanities module, It is the equivalent of an elective. You can take it instead of taking one of your Stage 2 electives. Please make sure that you have selected the correct number of programme options from the list above. This is not one of your required options.
     
Stage 3 Options - A)2OF:
10 Credit Options
     
HIS31280 Rise, Fall, Rise of Modern Japan Autumn

10

HIS31320 The Irish Revolution, 1910-1923 Autumn

10

HIS31500 Past, Present and Future in Medieval England Autumn

10

HIS31850 Contested Histories in Australia Autumn

10

HIS32430 Florence 1200 - 1400 Autumn

10

HIS32620 US Pivots To Asia, 1890s-1950s Autumn

10

HIS32720 Frontiers of Empire Autumn

10

HIS32730 The Digital Humanities Autumn

10

HIS32780 The Viking Age Autumn

10

HIS32860 Jonathan Swift and Ireland Autumn

10

HIS32950 Weimar Germany Autumn

10

HIS32970 The 1641 Rebellion Autumn

10

HIS31900 Roads to Heaven & Hell Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

HIS32710 Manufacturing Truth in the Modern World Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

HIS32850 Settler colonialism Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

HIS31310 Madness and Civilisation Spring

10

HIS31400 British Atlantic History, 1607-1776 Spring

10

HIS31760 Irish Foreign Policy, 1919-73: A Place Among the Nations Spring

10

HIS32230 Biography and History Spring

10

HIS32330 A History of Decadence: Sex, Spectacle and Corruption in Eighteenth-Century Venice Spring

10

HIS32440 Florence 1400-1530 Spring

10

HIS32480 Anticolonial Thought in the Twentieth Century Spring

10

HIS32650 Migration Nation: The Irish Migration Experience since 1945 Spring

10

HIS32660 Conservative Political Activism in the United States, 1960-1980 Spring

10

HIS32680 Medieval Myth and History Spring

10

HIS32770 Life on the Edge: Drugs, Institutions, and Stigma in Ireland since 1960 Spring

10

HIS32800 History from below: Rural life in the middle ages Spring

10

HIS32870 Spectacle and the modern world Spring

10

HIS32880 Sexuality and Society Spring

10

HIS32920 Britain in the Islamic World: Themes of empire, religion, and resistance 1800-1950 Spring

10

HIS32940 Devolution, Dominion, Democracy: Ireland's constitutional history north and south, 1870-2007 Spring

10

HIS32960 Pills, Patents & Policies Spring

10

Stage 3 Options - A)2OF:
10 Credit Options
     
Stage 3 Options - B)MIN1OF:
5 Credit Options
     
HIS32460 Conquering Ireland, 1579-1691 Autumn

5

HIS32900 Questions in History Autumn

5

HIS32310 Revolutionary Russia, 1905-1921 Spring

5

HIS32380 Genocide & Mass Violence in the Twentieth Century Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - B)MIN1OF:
5 Credit Options
     
Stage 4 Options - A)2OF:
10 Credit Options
     
HIS31280 Rise, Fall, Rise of Modern Japan Autumn

10

HIS31320 The Irish Revolution, 1910-1923 Autumn

10

HIS31500 Past, Present and Future in Medieval England Autumn

10

HIS31850 Contested Histories in Australia Autumn

10

HIS32430 Florence 1200 - 1400 Autumn

10

HIS32620 US Pivots To Asia, 1890s-1950s Autumn

10

HIS32720 Frontiers of Empire Autumn

10

HIS32730 The Digital Humanities Autumn

10

HIS32780 The Viking Age Autumn

10

HIS32860 Jonathan Swift and Ireland Autumn

10

HIS32950 Weimar Germany Autumn

10

HIS32970 The 1641 Rebellion Autumn

10

HIS31900 Roads to Heaven & Hell Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

HIS32710 Manufacturing Truth in the Modern World Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

HIS32850 Settler colonialism Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

HIS31310 Madness and Civilisation Spring

10

HIS31400 British Atlantic History, 1607-1776 Spring

10

HIS31760 Irish Foreign Policy, 1919-73: A Place Among the Nations Spring

10

HIS32230 Biography and History Spring

10

HIS32330 A History of Decadence: Sex, Spectacle and Corruption in Eighteenth-Century Venice Spring

10

HIS32440 Florence 1400-1530 Spring

10

HIS32480 Anticolonial Thought in the Twentieth Century Spring

10

HIS32650 Migration Nation: The Irish Migration Experience since 1945 Spring

10

HIS32660 Conservative Political Activism in the United States, 1960-1980 Spring

10

HIS32680 Medieval Myth and History Spring

10

HIS32770 Life on the Edge: Drugs, Institutions, and Stigma in Ireland since 1960 Spring

10

HIS32800 History from below: Rural life in the middle ages Spring

10

HIS32870 Spectacle and the modern world Spring

10

HIS32880 Sexuality and Society Spring

10

HIS32920 Britain in the Islamic World: Themes of empire, religion, and resistance 1800-1950 Spring

10

HIS32940 Devolution, Dominion, Democracy: Ireland's constitutional history north and south, 1870-2007 Spring

10

HIS32960 Pills, Patents & Policies Spring

10

Stage 4 Options - A)2OF:
10 Credit Options
     
Stage 4 Options - B)MIN1OF:
5 Credit Options
     
HIS32460 Conquering Ireland, 1579-1691 Autumn

5

HIS32900 Questions in History Autumn

5

HIS32310 Revolutionary Russia, 1905-1921 Spring

5

HIS32380 Genocide & Mass Violence in the Twentieth Century Spring

5


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