HIS31320 The Irish Revolution, 1910-1923

Academic Year 2024/2025

This course seeks to recreate the excitement, turmoil and difficulties of this crucial period in modern Irish history by outlining the course of the revolution as well as examining some of the documentary evidence produced by those involved. The course will deal with all aspects of the Irish revolution, including the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence, Partition, the Treaty and the Civil War, and the social, political military, economic and cultural impact and legacy of the struggle for Irish independence in the early twentieth century. The significance of the Decade of Commemoration associated with this period will be explored. Sources from this period will be discussed in detail in the seminars, including contemporary newspaper reports, documents from Irish archives, published collections of speeches and published memoirs or books by participants in the period, letters and diaries, as well as the extensive range of books in the UCD Library.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module students should be able to demonstrate an extensive knowledge and a critical understanding of the Irish Revolution; they should be able to assess its historiography; and they should be able to place the revolution in the wider context of twentieth century Irish history. They should have developed their capacity to discuss and debate complex historical problems, both orally and in writing. Participation at seminars will be a vital part of this learning process.

Indicative Module Content:

Lectures, seminars, presentations and document analysis

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, seminars, presentations and document analysis 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HIS2008E - The Irish Revolution (evening), HIS30120 - The Irish Revolution, 1910-23, HIS31810 - Ireland at War: 1913-1924

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment(Including Essay): Document Analysis Week 7 Graded No


Participation in Learning Activities: Participation in class discussions Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12 Graded No


Individual Project: Each student will be asked to make a short class presentation and will be assigned a particular week for their presentation Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12 Graded No


Assignment(Including Essay): End of semester research paper Week 14 Graded 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, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Seminars, presentations and end of semester essay