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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module follows on from, and complements, GY101. It introduces students to the economic, social, political and historical/cultural geography of Ireland with particular emphasis on Ireland’s position and role within a wider European and Global context. The evolution of Ireland’s cultural landscape in a European context is assessed from a political / economic perspective where focus is placed on the impact of EU accession on Ireland. The emphasis in social geography will be focused on broad historical and contemporary patterns of population change experienced in Ireland through famine and migration respectively and the impact and changing concept of the Irish diaspora will also be explored. Students are expected to attend and engage in the module.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the broad phases of change in Ireland’s social, economic and political landscape over time
2. Recognise some of the processes involved in the making of the Irish cultural landscape
3. Assess and detail the impact of EU accession on Ireland politically, economically and socially
4. Outline and assess Ireland’s experience of migration in both historical and contemporary contexts
5. Develop skills in accessing, interpreting and presenting geographical data

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Assignment Completion25Continuous Assessment (may include Quiz and/or written report)
Independent Study75Independent study and exam preparation
Assignment Completion1Formal Examination
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

The shaping of the Irish cultural landscape:
broad phases of Ireland’s landscape change set in European context

Economic development in Ireland since 1922:
changing patterns and processes of economic development

Ireland in the EU: impact of accession on socio-economic and political development in Ireland and Ireland’s role in Europe
impact of accession on socio-economic and political development in Ireland and Ireland’s role in Europe

Migration and diaspora:
historical and contemporary patterns of migration and the Irish diaspora

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Aalen, F.H.A. et al (eds.): 1997, 2nd ed, 2011. Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape, 2nd, CUP, Cork,
  • Cloke, Paul J et al: 2005, Introducing human geographies, 2nd, Hoddor Arnold, London,
  • 0: Journal articles / websites on Loop,
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