GEOG30080 Geography of the Growth and Development of Dublin

Academic Year 2023/2024

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 on the urban landscape.

Some of the issues which the city faced in the twentieth century (especially housing) were the legacy of a difficult nineteenth century while others were the outcome of the modernization of the Irish economy and society in more recent decades. The detailed consideration of the city will begin with discussion of the forces which shaped the city following the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660. Students will be expected to develop autonomously a good understanding of the origins and early growth of Dublin.

Some some of the forces that we will consider will be local but others will be general to European cities of Dublin's rank and position. So, it will be useful to have a background in urban geography and particularly to have knowledge of European urbanization.

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

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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 more recent 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:

The development of the socio-economic landscape of the city
The impact of difficult economic and social processes during the nineteenth century
Issues arising from a fractured system of local government
The challenge of housing provision
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 and students are expected to attend. Students are also encouraged to engage in self-paced learning via the extensive resources on the VLE. Fieldwalk opportunities may be made available (weather dependent) but will not be compulsory. 
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 In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Choose and complete an essay from a selection of essays dealing with issues which arose in the twentieth century. 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
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
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