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Module

HIS2002 : Fatal Allies: Anglo-Irish Relations, 1798-1998

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Jack Hepworth
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

On 18 May 2011, Queen Elizabeth II heralded a new era in Anglo-Irish relations in a speech that was branded a ‘game-changer’ in the relationship between the two islands. This module introduces students to this relationship, which can be described as ‘close but tortuous’.

The 1790s were a defining period in Anglo-Irish relations. The decade saw the birth of modern republicanism and Orangeism and the subsequent antagonism between the two which remains a defining feature of Irish political life. The 1790s also witnessed important elements of the British political elite redefining their approach to Ireland. Subsequent decades set the context for Anglo-Irish relations for the next 150 years. The famine, agrarian political protest, cultural revival, and the emergence of popular nationalism and militant republicanism ensured that ‘the Irish question’ was placed firmly on the British agenda.
This module examines key themes and events that influenced and shaped Anglo-Irish relations between the United Irishmen rebellion of 1798 and the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. Fatal Allies will introduce students to the key debates in the historiography, including the ‘revisionist’ debate that occupied academics for much of the 1970s and 1980s. It will also examine the primary source documents of high politics that will shed new light on diplomatic and security relations between Britain and Ireland.

The aims of this module are:

To enable students to study the relationship between Britain and Ireland in-depth and analyse the different interpretations of it;

To enable students to engage with both primary source documents from the period, oral testimony collected since, and the major historiographical debates concerning the relationship;

To introduce students to recent historical research and to guide them in the analysis of primary documents and texts;

To give students the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of a longer period in Anglo-Irish relations.

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

The following is a guide only. Actual subjects may differ from those listed.
Each of the nine teaching weeks will include four hours of lecture materials. These materials will take various forms, including recorded clips with slides, guided engagement with primary sources, and quizzes. All lecture materials will be available to access online. Seminars will be based around pre-circulated questions relating to primary and secondary reading detailed in the module handbook.

Key events in Anglo-Irish relations and major issues in Irish historiography since 1798 will be examined across the module. Topics will include:

•       The Act of Union and its aftermath: rebellion and reaction, 1798-1829
•       The repeal movement, 1830-1848
•       The Irish famine and its diaspora, 1847-1858
•       The land war, 1879-1882
•       Home Rule and its opponents, 1870-1912
•       The revolutionary decade, 1912-1923
•       Southern Ireland from Free State to Republic, 1922-1959
•       The origins of the Troubles: Northern Ireland, 1921-1969
•       The Northern Ireland conflict, 1969-1998

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials361:0036:00Lecture materials combine recorded lecture clips, guided primary source exercises, and quizzes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00Assessment preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading481:0048:00Set, recommended and further reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous online discussion which requires timetabling
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion92:0018:00Discussion boards on weekly topics
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery91:009:00Drop-in surgeries/weekly support and Q&A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study401:0040:00n/a
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The structured guided learning hours combine short pre-recorded lecture sessions addressing key events, ideas, and historiographical issues, alongside interactive exercises guiding students’ engagement with sources. These resources enable students to gain a sense of the relationship between Britain and Ireland and to critically engage with the uses of historical skills and methods. Additionally, discussion boards on the virtual learning environment will embed knowledge and understanding of key issues across the module. Discussion boards also support students’ portfolio assignment. These activities will shape, and be shaped by, students’ structured research and reading. In small group teaching, students will present and discuss ideas around pre-circulated reading and research questions. These seminars develop problem-solving and research skills, and equip students to discuss issues and approach primary and secondary sources critically and analytically.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A802,000 word essay (including footnotes but excluding bibliography)
Portfolio1M20Portfolio assignment: contributions to Canvas discussion boards
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay tests intended knowledge outcomes. It examines students’ knowledge, understanding, and analysis across the module, as well as their ability to form an argument with appropriate reference to primary and secondary sources.
The portfolio assignment constitutes a coursework component. Each seminar will have a corresponding discussion board thread on Canvas structured around that seminar topic’s key questions. Students must contribute a minimum of one response per seminar. Individual contributions will be collated into a portfolio for assessment. This assignment assesses students’ understanding, and participation across the module.
Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

Reading Lists

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