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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Ireland 1169-1534: culture, law and society
Module Code HY234
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 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This course will examine the history of Ireland from the arrival of the English in 1169 up to the fall of the house of Kildare and the stirrings of the Reformation in 1534. It begins with the English invasion of 1169, which marked the creation of a constitutional link between Ireland and the English crown that has had an enduring influence on the history of both countries. Using a wide range of contemporary sources, students will explore how the conquest came about and how was it justified by those who participated in it. They will also look at how Irish elites reacted to the conquest and to the expansion of the colony in the thirteenth century before its eventual contraction in the fourteenth century. As it explores major events like the Battle of Down, the Bruce invasion, the Black Death and the Wars of the Roses in Ireland, the course will also discuss the ways in which both the colonial population and the Irish evolved politically, socially and economically in response to the challenges of frontier life. This course will therefore cover key political events of the period 1169-1534 but also explore society, culture and identity and the complex relationships between the English and Irish on the island.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify key events and developments in Irish high and late medieval history
2. Engage with and interrogate the arguments of historians of medieval Ireland
3. Provide informed analysis of primary sources relevant to the course
4. Construct a clear argument well-supported with historical evidence
5. Deliver considered historical arguments in written formats
6. Develop communication skills verbally in presentations and class discussions
7. Engage in self-directed learning through independent research on topics of personal interest

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture40Lectures/Seminars: Attending and participating in 2 two-hour long seminars per week. These will be divided between lectures and small group work.
Independent Study128Reading and preparing to discuss the materials assigned for each seminar
Assignment Completion80Research and writing of assessments
Field Trip2Walking tour of medieval Dublin
Total Workload: 250

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

The invasion of Ireland: sources and personnel

John, lord of Ireland, and the establishment of a colonial administration

The growth of towns and the role of urbanisation in the colonising project

Magnate settlement, Irish resistance and the Battle of Down (1260)

The ‘disasters’ of the 14th century: Bruce invasion, the Great European Famine and the Black Death

Law and governance: English and Irish in the colony

The Irish resurgence and cultural exchange

Irish learning, the Scottish connection and culture in the later middle ages

Magnate rule and the Wars of the Roses

The Reformation and challenges to Englishness in Ireland

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioPrimary source portfolio: A portfolio of different assignments relating to each week's material45%As required
PresentationArticle presentation: A presentation critically assessing some aspect of a relevant secondary source15%As required
EssayAn essay chosen from a list provided on an aspect of Irish history 1169-1534 (2000 words total)40%As required
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

    Other Resources

    58610, Loop, 0, A full comprehensive reading list will be provided on loop along with further resources,
    Programme or List of Programmes
    BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)
    BAJLBachelor of Arts (BAJL)
    BAJPBachelor of Arts (BAJP)

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