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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland
Module Code LC336
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Agnes Maillot
Semester 2: Agnes Maillot
Autumn: Agnes Maillot
Module TeachersAgnes Maillot
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Repeat of failed component of CA

The aim of this module is to provide an awareness of the social, political and ideological background to the formation of identity in Northern Ireland, as well as to review the different mechanisms that have made the resolution of the conflict possible.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the historical conditions which produced the Northern Ireland conflict.
2. Describe the competing ideologies and identities at work in Northern Ireland.
3. Discuss critically the issues of terrorism and peace-keeping in the Irish and other contexts.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the dominant political, religious and cultural affiliations in Northern Ireland.
5. Explain the key issues of, and stages in, the Peace Process in Northern Ireland.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Lecture with class discussion
Assignment Completion101Indepth research for essay and essay writing,
Total Workload: 125

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

Each week's class will be dedicated to the study of an aspect of the conflict, preceded by a general theoretical presentation.
- General presentation, background - The conflict - Internment, Bloody Sunday - The British and Irish States - Paramilitary organisations: the IRA, the UDA - Hunger Strikes - Women in the conflict - Negotiations and Good Friday Agreement - Demilitarisation, The future of paramilitaries - Victims and Reconciliation - Sectarianism and community Relations - Power-Sharing

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentThree short essays to be submitted on Loop on a specific question relating to the lecture. Students have a choice of 10 questions throughout the semester and can submit 4 essay. The best three marks will be averaged.50%n/a
Essay2,000 word essay to be submitted by Mid-January on a topic that will have been agreed beforehand.50%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

  • Darby, John & MacGinty, Roger: 2002, Guns and Government: the Management of the Northern Ireland Peace Process, Palgrave, Basingstoke,
  • Dixon, Paul: 2001, Northern Ireland: the Politics of War and Peace, Palgrave, Basingstoke,
  • English, Richard: 2003, Armed Struggle: the History of the IRA, Macmillan, London,
  • Cox, Michael, Guelke, Adrian & Stephen, Fiona (eds.): 2006, A Farewell to Arms? From 'long war' to long peace in Northern Ireland, 2nd, Manchester University Press, Manchester,
  • Maillot, Agnès: 2005, New Sinn Fein: Irish republicanism in the twenty-first century, Routledge, London,
  • McIntosh, Gillian: 1999, The force of culture: Unionist identities in twentieth-century Ireland, Cork University Press, Cork,
  • Todd, Jennifer & Ruane, Joseph: 1999, After the Good friday Agreement: Analysing Political Change in Northern Ireland, University College Dublin Press, Dublin,
  • Feargal Cochrane.: 0, Northern Ireland, New Haven, Conn; Yale University Press, 0300178700
  • Brian M. Walker: 0, A Political History of the Two Irelands, Palgrave Macmillan, 0230361471
  • by Paul Dixon, Eamonn O'Kane.: 0, Northern Ireland since 1969, New York; Longman, 1405801352
  • Deaglan De Breadun: 0, Far Side of Revenge, Collins Press, 1905172613
Other Resources

27255, eBook, Elliott, Marianne, 2007, The long road to peace in Northern Ireland: peace lectures from the Institute of Irish Studies at Liverpool University,
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Date of Last Revision11-NOV-10

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