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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Revolution & Civil War in Ireland, 1916-1923
Module Code HY330
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Daithi O Corrain
Semester 2: Daithi O Corrain
Autumn: Daithi O Corrain
Module TeachersDaithi O Corrain
Grania Shanahan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module examines the turbulent period from 1916 until 1923. Commonly termed the Irish Revolution, these years witnessed the 1916 insurrection, the Irish War of Independence, truce with Britain, transition to self government and a bitter civil war. The availability of a vast array of archival material in Ireland and in Britain over the past three decades has transformed the historiography of the Irish Revolution. Local and national newspapers, military, police and civil records, state paper, biographies, memoirs and reminiscences make possible several avenues of enquiry. These include, among many others, an exploration of the origins and dynamics of the Irish Revolution, the use of political violence, regional variations, the development of particular institutions and movements. A strong emphasis will be placed on the perspectives, motivations and experiences of various protagonists: British military, civilians, Republicans, police and government.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate their knowledge of the key themes, events and consequences of the Irish Revolution
2. Identify and assess contested historical and political perspectives
3. Engage with and evaluate a range of prescribed readings, texts and primary source material
4. Embark on independent archival research and deploy effective research methodologies
5. Construct an objective and well-supported written argument based on historical evidence
6. Plan, prepare and deliver a focused class presentation
7. Engage in self-directed learning through independent study in specialised areas of personal interest
8. Deepen critical and independent thinking, analysis, perception and judgement
9. Develop excellent communication skills through presentation of reasoned verbal argument and acquisition of listening skills during seminar discussion

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars44Two 2-hour seminars each week
Independent Study60Seminar preparation; Independent learning: Assigned weekly seminar documents and readings
Field Trip6Archival field trip: Class visit to National Library Manuscripts Department
Assignment Completion140Research and writing
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

Indicative Content
Week 1 Course Overview and Introduction; The 1916 Rising Week 2 Aftermath of the 1916 Rising; Archival Field Trip Week 3 Impact of Internment & Reorganisation of Sinn Féin Week 4 Using autobiography & memoirs as primary sources/student presentations Week 5 Conscription Crisis; 1918 General Election Week 6 First Dáil; Seeking international recognition Week 7 Campaign against the RIC; Creating a counter state Week 8 Alleged Reprisals, Martial Law; the Belfast Boycott Week 9 The Anglo-Irish Treaty Week 10 Drift towards civil war Week 11 Civil War: course, conclusion and consequences

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationShort presentation on a prescribed memoir or primary source15%Week 22
Essay2,500 word essay based on secondary literature from a set list15%Week 25
AssignmentDocument analysis: Considered analysis of a primary source10%Week 28
Research Paper5,000 word research paper based on primary sources60%Other
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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    53321, In Class/Online, 0, Comprehensive reading list will be made available in-class and/or online,
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