AH30660 Dublin 1660-1830

Academic Year 2022/2023

The Georgian era, the period between 1714 and 1830, is arguably the golden age of architecture in Dublin. Following the turbulent decades of the seventeenth century, the political stability of the eighteenth century, coupled with a burgeoning economy and a rising population, fostered a renaissance in the cultural life of the city: by 1800, it was the eighth largest city in Europe and, after London, the second largest city in the British Atlantic world. Focusing on the key public buildings that loudly announced the new Protestant Ascendancy (including the Parliament House and Trinity College), on the design and construction of the city’s terraced houses and formal garden squares (from St Stephen’s Green to Fitzwilliam Square), and on the celebrated and unparalleled richness of the city’s domestic interiors (specifically plasterwork decoration), this course will consider how the shape of the modern city was created in response to both private and public interests.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students will be able to identify the individual contributions made by the leading architects and designers that created Dublin’s eighteenth-century urban landscape; understand the complex range of social, cultural, political and economic forces that helped shape the built environment; describe and analyse the principal characteristics of the various architectural and decorative styles practiced during the period; and appreciate both the material and ideological aspects of the city's architecture in its historical contexts.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a student-based learning seminar, and will consist of lectures and student presentations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
AH30540 - Georgian Dublin

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Class presentation. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Essay: Essay based on class presentation. Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: End of term examination. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Core texts include:
Brady, J. & A. Simms (eds.), Dublin through space and time c. 900–1900 (2001).
Casey, C. Dublin: the city within the Grand and Royal Canals and the Circular Road with the Phoenix Park (2005).
Craig, M. Dublin 1660 – 1860 (1959; rev. 1998).
Dickson, D. Dublin: The Making of a Capital City (2014).
Lennon, C. & J. Montague. John Rocque’s Dublin: a guide to the Georgian city (2010).
McCullough, N. Dublin: An Urban History (1989; rev. 2007).
McParland, E. Public Architecture in Ireland 1680-1760 (2001).
Usher, R. Protestant Dublin, 1660-1760: Architecture and Iconography (2012).
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 14:00 - 15:50