GEOG30080 Geography of the Growth and Development of Dublin

Academic Year 2022/2023

The main focus of this module is on the growth and development of Dublin during the twentieth century; a period of great change and challenge. Students will study the issues that the city faced, the solutions suggested and the effect of those solutions.

The module will begin with an examination of the early growth of the city so that the forces which shaped the city can be better understood and so provide a solid foundation for the exploration of the twentieth century. It will be important to us to understand Dublin in its European context and to see it as the unique expression of common processes. If you are taking this module it will be useful to have a background in urban geography. Previous modules in European urbanisation will be particularly helpful.

Extensive use will be made of the university's electronic learning environment.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The Learning Outcomes have two major stands: geographical and personal.

Geographical: - Develop a critical understanding of the forces and processes that shaped the development of Dublin- Develop the capacity to understand Dublin in a European and global urban context- Identify and use the main research tools for a study of Dublin during this time period.

Personal:- Demonstrate and extend written communication skills- Demonstrate and develop skills in synthesis, analysis, discussion and presentation- Develop an ability to utilise a variety of research sources.

Indicative Module Content:

Historical development of the city
Growth of the suburbs
The challenge of housing
Transportation systems and the motor car
The Civic and Commercial Landscapes
Planning the city

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures play an important part in developing the themes. Students are encouraged to engage in self-paced learning via the extensive resources on the VLE. Fieldwalk opportunities will be made available but will not be compulsory. Students will be encouraged to use the skills developed in other modules to undertake individual guided research 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

It is recommended that anyone taking this module has a foundation in urban studies, especially European urbanisation. It will be expected that participants will have a basic knowledge of European history and culture since the late medieval period. It will be also be understood that those taking the module have basic geographic research skills and a knowledge of urban land use models.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: You may choose and complete an essay of about 5,000 words from a selection of essays OR you may complete an original research project. Conditions will apply to the research project. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: An assignment designed to allow the student to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the developmental history of Dublin to the beginning of the twentieth century. Week 5 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


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

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 14:00 - 14:50