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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Uses and Abuses of History
Module Code HY118
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Anne Booker
Semester 2: Anne Booker
Autumn: Anne Booker
Module TeachersGrania Shanahan
Anne Booker
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This is a team taught module that uses case studies from a wide range of geographical and chronological contexts to explore the uses of history in contemporary societies. Appeals to history have been used variously as a way of justifying political and social movements, military activities, state building and atrocities. Using these case studies will encourage students to think critically about the discipline of history and assess it not as a list of facts, but rather a range of powerful (and often inaccurate) narratives that have serious impacts on the world we live in.

Learning Outcomes

1. Reflect critically on the ways in which societies use history to justify contemporary social and political actions and movements
2. Identify and discuss specific examples of the presentist use of history
3. Present reasoned written arguments about the ways in which history has been used as a justification for political actions
4. Demonstrate awareness of the ways in which history is deliberately misinterpreted in the present day

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture32Attending weekly lectures and tutorials
Independent Study155Reading, preparing for tutorials and completing assessments
Total Workload: 187

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Key readings and additional resources for research will be posted on Loop.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Completion of online activityPlagarism, library and citation training online (LETS)20%n/a
EssayReflective essay on learnings from the module and history at 3rd level50%n/a
Reflective journalReflection on popular media, newspaper report or historical source related to the module content20%n/a
ParticipationParticipation in tutorials10%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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