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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Introduction To Modern Ireland
Module Code LG112
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Donnacha O Beachain
Semester 2: Gary Murphy
Autumn: Gary Murphy
Module TeachersGary Murphy
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to introduce most of the aspects which comprise contemporary Irish life. It does not privilege history, politics and (high or traditional) culture, as is common in other introductions to Ireland. The module does not dwell on the issue of identity, but rather on what Irish people do. This concrete approach argues that what Irish people do helps us understand who they are. What they do also helps us understand how being Irish interacts with other less abstract identities, like class, gender, and age. It also provides a basis for understanding what is uniquely Irish about Ireland.

Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to discuss in detail a debate relating to at least two major aspects of contemporary Irish life.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars12No Description
Lecture12No Description
Independent Study101No Description
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

Indicative content
1. A very short history of Ireland and the Irish until 1958 2. Modernising Ireland: 1958-present 3. Who are they? Where do they live and how do they spend their time? 4. Structure of the Economy and Employment 5. Popular and other cultures of Ireland 6. Public and private in health, education and social services 7. Politics in the Republic of Ireland 8. Politics in Northern Ireland 9. A Tale of Two Booms 10. From Boom to Bust 11. What’s Irish about Ireland?

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
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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    Date of Last Revision31-AUG-09

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