Module Catalogue 2016/17

HIS2102 : The Making of the Two Irelands, 1801-2000 (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Fergus Campbell
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module surveys the critical social, cultural, economic and political developments in Irish history between the Act of Union of 1801 and the demise of the Celtic Tiger at the beginning of the twenty first century.

The first part of the module explores the history of Ireland under the Act of Union between 1801 and 1921. The political history of this period will be considered, especially the rise of popular nationalism from the 1820s and popular unionism from the 1880s, that would give rise to the two Irelands (independent Ireland and Northern Ireland) after 1921. The centrality of the great tragedy of the Famine (1845-9) to both of these developments will be explored in detail. In addition, the range of popular beliefs will be explored and we will consider the many cases of religious apparitions and popular healing that were evident in late nineteenth century Ireland. Finally, this section of the module will look at the origins of the Irish revolution and at the Irish Republican Army’s brutal war to remove the British state from Ireland in 1921. The Irish revolution of 1916-23 will be considered in terms of its political dimensions but also its social revolutionary elements, and the possibility that it may have unleashed ethnic cleansing in Ireland (as has been suggested by some historians).

The second part of the module is essentially a study of Northern Ireland and independent Ireland after 1921, focussing on the failure of Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State between the 1920s and 1960s. The history of independent Ireland is traced from the 1920s, when it was characterised by some observers as a ‘priest infested backwater’, to the 1990s, when it became an apparently liberal and prosperous Republic. Similarly, the history of Northern Ireland is traced from the bleakly sectarian years of what has been described as ‘the Orange state’ (c. 1922-72), through a period of acute ethnic conflict (in the 1970s and 1980s), and into a period of apparent resolution and peace following the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. Rather than focussing entirely on ‘high politics’, the module will also consider social history and what it was like for ordinary people to live in Ireland during this period, and also the cultural history of Ireland in terms of popular beliefs and popular music.

Therefore this module aims to provide an opportunity of investigating in some depth selected problems, including the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography.

Outline Of Syllabus

A survey of the history of Ireland under the Act of Union (1801-1921) and of the subsequent history of Northern Ireland and independent Ireland between 1921 and 2000.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

The module will introduce the central themes of modern Irish history between 1801 and 2000.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students who complete this module successfully will gain a wide range of skills including the ability to read both primary and secondary sources critically; to develop a coherent argument; and to present their ideas in an effective manner both orally and in writing. They will develop associated skills in research, critical reading and reasoning, sustained discussion and appropriate presentation of the results.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Present
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Assessed
      • Initiative : Assessed
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Relationship Building : Present
      • Negotiation : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion661:0066:0040% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion321:0032:0020% of guided indpendent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading661:0066:0040% of guided indpendent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Seminars
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures impart core knowledge and an outline of knowledge that students are expected to acquire and they stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills.

Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1352A75unseen
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M252000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes and develops key skills in research, reading and writing. Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress. The exam tests acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided, and to write clearly and concisely.

ERASMUS students at Newcastle have the option of writing one 3,000 word essay to be handed in by 12.00 p.m. of the Friday of the first week of the assessment period. This will replace all assessment work required of domestic students. If they wish to take up this option, they need to discuss it with the module leader. It remains the case that, if an ERASMUS student wishes to do the same assessment as the domestic students, that option remains open to them. No variation of the deadlines will be allowed except on production of medical or equivalent evidence.

Study Abroad students (i.e. non-EU exchange students) are required to complete the normal assessment under all circumstances.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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