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HIS3206 : The Irish Revolution, 1879-1923

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Fergus Campbell
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module will consider the origins and dynamics of the Irish revolution (1916-1923) in the broader context of political, social, economic and cultural change between 1879 and 1916.

In particular, the module will examine popular political activity and explore the ideas, activities and experiences of ordinary men and women in Ireland during this turbulent period. The revolutionary era witnessed an extraordinary outpouring of radical ideas, and a wide range of nationalist, socialist and feminist texts will be analysed alongside more conventional political documents.

Finally, the module will consider the applicability of the broader theories of revolution to the Irish case.

At a more general level, the module will provide students with an opportunity to investigate selected problems in some depth, including the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography.

Outline Of Syllabus

An in-depth study of the Irish Revolution of 1916-1923 in the wider of political, social, cultural and economic developments in Ireland since the beginning of the Land War (1879-82)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:0011 weekly
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion561:0056:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading561:0056:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study551:0055:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

LECTURES will enable students to gain a wider sense of historical argument and debate and how such debates operate, which also allows them to develop comparisons between different historiographical debates.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M25Essay of 1,000 words
Essay1A75essay of 2,000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MFormative assessment of 1,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Essays: these will engage with primary sources and prepare students for longer and more in-depth research practices in History in their dissertations including: developing research questions and methodologies; sourcing data and writing / constructing an argument.

A formative exercise - a document commentary - will be set for this module. This will be un-assessed, but will be discussed in the seminars and will feed into the assessed document commentary.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. Where an exam is present, an alternative form of assessment will be set and where coursework is present, an alternative deadline will be set. Details of the alternative assessment will be provided by the module leader’

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