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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title A History of Northern Ireland
Module Code HY235
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Marnie Hay
Semester 2: Marnie Hay
Autumn: Marnie Hay
Module TeachersMarnie Hay
Grania Shanahan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination
Students may resit the final examination and the Loop quizzes.

A History of Northern Ireland, 1912-98 examines the evolution of Northern Ireland from its conception during the Third Home Rule Crisis in 1912-14 to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key issues, events and themes in the history of Northern Ireland.
2. Identify and assess different historiographical approaches to and interpretations of the history of Northern Ireland.
3. Interrogate primary source documents related to the history of Northern Ireland.
4. Present a reasoned argument based on historical evidence in writing.
5. Pursue independent, self-directed study at a level appropriate for a second-year undergraduate student of history.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Attendance at lectures
Assignment Completion103Completion of assigned readings and quizzes on Loop.
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 and Learning Activities
This module examines the evolution of Northern Ireland from its conception during the Third Home Rule Crisis in 1912-14 to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. It covers political, social, economic and cultural aspects of Northern Ireland’s history, taking nationalist, unionist and other perspectives into consideration. The first section of the module examines the history of Northern Ireland chronologically while the final section examines the themes of gender, political ideologies and cultural traditions in Northern Ireland. Students will attend lectures and complete assigned readings, online quizzes and a final written exam.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment40% Examination Weight60%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizThere will be three Loop quizzes during the semester to test knowledge and understanding of lecture content and assigned readings.40%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

  • Michael Laffan: 1983, The partition of Ireland, 1911-1925, Dundalk,
  • Thomas Hennessey: 1997, A history of Northern Ireland, 1920-1996, Dublin,
  • P. Bew, P. Gibbon and H. Patterson: 2002, Northern Ireland, 1921-2001: Political forces and social classes, Third, London,
  • Paul Dixon and Eamonn O'Kane: 2011, Northern Ireland since 1969, Harlow,
  • Sabine Wichert: 1999, Northern Ireland since 1945, Second, London,
Other Resources

59683, Website, Ulster University, 0, CAIN archive: Conflict and Politics in Northern Ireland, https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/,
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