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Course Overview

This course offers a chronological survey of Ireland and the Irish from the Act of Union with Great Britain to the present day.  It will consider the social, political, cultural and economic aspects of that history, and will place the island of Ireland within its wider contexts, as part of the United Kingdom, as part of Europe, as part of the British Empire, and as the source of the global Irish Diaspora.  The course will focus on a number of central issues.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Rose Luminiello

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • HI3093 The Making of Modern Ireland C 1800-2000 (Studied)
  • HI354U The Making of Modern Ireland (Studied)
  • HI3593 The Making of Modern Ireland C 1800-2000 (Studied)
  • HI404U The Making of Modern Ireland (Studied)
  • HI454U The Making of Modern Ireland (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course, The Making of Modern Ireland, 1800-2010, offers a detailed survey and analysis of the major political, social and economic developments on the island of Ireland from the Act of Union to the economic crisis of 2008-12. Key features of the course will include the emergence of constitutional and physical force movements in this period, the development of Irish nationalism and unionism, and the creation of two Irelands in the twentieth century. A special focus will be placed on the Irish Famine of the 1840s and on the experiences of the Irish abroad, the diaspora. Week 1 - introduction union and state of the nation Week 2 - Catholic emancipation Week 3 - famine Week 4 - Irish Diaspora Week 5 - Parnell Week 6 - Cultural Revival Week 7 - Ulster will fight Week 8 - Irish revolution 1916 - 1923 Week 9 - The two Ireland's 1923 to 1950 Week 10 - TBC Week 11 - The troubles and peace making Week 12 - Bust Boom - Bust

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

3000 word essay (40%)

2000 word source report (30%)

Group assignment (20%)

Weekly MyAberdeen Discussion Board Entries (10%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome

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