HIS10320 The Making of Modern Ireland, 1800-2000

Academic Year 2023/2024

This course takes students through 170 years of modern Irish history, examining key events, themes and milestones from the Act of Union between Britain and Ireland in 1800 to the outbreak of the Troubles in 1969. It covers political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of Irish history during tumultuous times, including the relationship between Great Britain and Ireland, Catholic emancipation, famine, the evolution of Irish nationalism and unionism, the land war, the revolutionary upheavals of the early twentieth century, the impact of partition, the quest for sovereignty in the Free State and the experience of life in southern and northern Ireland.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of modern Irish history;
- Assess the historiography of modern Irish history;
- Present aspects of the historical debate on Irish history orally and engage in discussions
- Be familiar with key documents and other primary sources;
- Write scholarly essay(s) appropriate for a First Year student of History

Indicative Module Content:

The module will cover the following main areas: Week 1: A Civil Partnership? Ireland and Britain after the Act of Union; Week 2: A Soul Came Into Ireland – Daniel O’Connell and Thomas Davis; Week 3: Famine in Ireland; Week 4: Land and Freedom: Charles Stewart Parnell and Land War; Week 5: True Gaels and West Britons: Popular Culture in 19th Century Ireland; Week 6: 1913-23: Revolution?; Week 7: After Partition: Building the Two Irelands; Week 8: Frugal Comfort?: The de Valera Years; Week 9: Ireland and the Post-War World; Week 10: Troubled Times; Week 11: Ambiguous Republic? Recent History and Current Events

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module combines large-group and small-group teaching through a weekly lecture and seminar. Weekly lectures provide overviews of weekly topics, with focus on key historical events, trends and debates. Weekly seminars focus on small-group active/task-based learning using secondary sources relating to the weekly topic. Autonomous learning is nurtured through required preparatory reading each week and a mid-term assignment which is preparatory to the end-of-semester essay. Key research, writing and citation skills are incorporated into seminar work and are advanced and assessed in the mid-term assignment and end-of-semester essay. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

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: 1,000 word mid-term assignment Week 7 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Seminar attendance and contribution Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: 2,000 word essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded 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. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on the mid-term assignment is given in writing on the returned hard-copy. Feedback on the end-of-semester essay is given by appointment in one-to-one meetings.

Name Role
Julien Clenet Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Sarah Feehan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Diarmaid Ferriter Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Susannah Riordan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer