IRST10020 Introduction to Irish Cultural Studies

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module considers key themes, topics, debates and controversies in irish culture, focusing particularly on the representation of Irishness and Irish culture in literature, film, drama and art history. Some key issues that will be explored include: Cultural Nationalism; The Literary Revival; The Myth of the West; Dublin in cultural representation; Gender and Nation; Commemoration and Memory; Institutional Abuse Scandals; Race and Immigration; Class; Prosperity, Recession, and Austerity. The aims of the course are as follows:1) To introduce students to the major questions addressed in current studies of Irish Culture 2) To lay the foundation for students' further work in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses in the study of Irish Culture at levels 2 and 3.3) To develop critical and analytic skills for the study of culture.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Identify key issues in the study of Irish Culture 2. Identify a variety of different approaches to these issues 3. Question the ways in which Irish Culture is defined4. To analyse a variety of cultural practices, observing both interconnections and distinctions 5. Analyse the course texts in the context of 1 and 4 above. 6. Identify their own interests and the basis on which they will make further course choices in this area.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will include:
- seminars
- in-class discussions
- active learning
- critical analysis
- essay writing
- reflective writing
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Essay plan and consultation Unspecified n/a Graded No


Assignment: Short take-home assignment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: Final essay on the course material 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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Mr David McKinney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Anne Mulhall Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
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) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 09:00 - 09:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Seminar Offering 2 Week(s) - 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Seminar Offering 5 Week(s) - 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 11:00 - 11:50