IRST20010 Place, People & Identities

Academic Year 2023/2024

This interdisciplinary course will focus on place, people and identity in Ireland, through its history, literature and film. The module will cover representations from the late nineteenth century to the present. The growth of distinctive urban cultures and rural cultures, and their role in the shaping of identity debates within Ireland, will be of particular importance. The course will also examine emigration and the diaspora (specifically in the US), and the ways in which identity structures are effected and affected by migration, displacement, and exile.

*Students will need a laptop and WiFi connection to participate fully in this module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understanding of key concepts in the analysis of the role of place in social and cultural identity2. Ability to apply these concepts 3. Ability to identify research sources 4. Development of students' ability to synthesise, analyse and communicate the results of their reading and study

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
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
Attendance: Attendance and contribution Unspecified n/a Graded No


Essay: final essay on course material (3000 words) Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Presentation/class test/short essay/written assignments on course material Varies over the Trimester n/a 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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Aoife Whelan 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) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 16:00 - 16:50