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• Understand the different modes of government for the island of Ireland, proposed and realised, that have been conceived since the 1870s
• Evaluate core texts in Ireland’s constitutional history including pamphlets, speeches, legislation, and constitutions
• Articulate your own comprehension and analysis of contrasting forms of historical government on the island of Ireland
• Compare and contrast different models of government and administration within the framework of the history of political thought.
• Understand research methods in the history of political discourse.
• Assess evolutions in the discourse on government and governance on the island of Ireland from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries.
Week 1: Introduction and background
Week 2: Fenians and federalists: imagining alternative Irelands in the 1870s
Week 3: Gladstonianism, land, and the union: Ireland’s first Home Rule Bills in context
Week 4: Devolution, constructive unionism, and Ulster unionist opposition to Irish home government, 1895-1907
Week 5: From the third Home Rule Bill and the Ulster crisis, 1909-16
Week 6: Two state solution: the 1920 Government of Ireland Act
Week 7: From devolution to dominion, Dáil Éireann, the Anglo-Irish Treaty and the 1922 Irish Free State Constitution
Week 8: Reading week
Week 9: From dominion to republic: Ireland, 1926-1949
Week 10: Direct rule and integration: Northern Ireland in Westminster; Ireland and the UK in Europe
Week 11: Frameworks for shared devolution, Northern Ireland 1985-2007
Week 12: Conclusions: democracy, politics, and power sharing in the 21st century
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Continuous Assessment: Participation: active participation in seminars, 5 x 200 word learning journal entries on any five seminars, and one five-minute presentation on one assigned primary or secondary text.||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: A 3,500 to 4,000 word original final essay due at the end of the module. Title, topic, and approach to be agreed in advance with the module coordinator.||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Book review: 1,500 word, referenced book review of one of the secondary texts from the module handbook situating it within its wider literature and relating it to selected module themes.||Week 7||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
Feedback on seminar contributions will be given informally in class or during office hours by prior arrangement. Feedback on the mid-term book review will be provided in writing either on the hard copy or via brightspace. Feedback on the end of term essay will be provided in writing and opportunity to arrange a one-to-one meeting to discuss this further will also be offered.
|Seminar||Offering 1||Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33||Thurs 09:00 - 10:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33||Wed 12:00 - 12:50|