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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

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

This module examines aspects of the political, social and cultural history of 20th-century Ireland, including the labour movement, the women's movement, and relations between Unionists and Republicans.

Learning Outcomes

1. Display a detailed knowledge of some of the main features of the Irish Labour Movement in the early twentieth century.
2. Display a detailed knowledge of some of the main events/issues in the history of Irish women in the early twentieth century.
3. Appreciate how Republicanism and Unionism have both impacted on Irish political life and on the Anglo-Irish relationship.
4. Apply objectivity, perspective and a range of analytical skills in the reading and contextualisation of relevant documents and texts.
5. Demonstrate some of the skills required to engage in basic research at this level.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture2No Description
Tutorial1No Description
Assignment Completion15Essay [1800-2000 words]
Assignment Completion4Document analysis [600-750] x 6
Independent Study4.7No Description
Total Workload: 26.7

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 impact of both Republicanism and Unionism on the Irish state

Shades of Unionism: Unionist publications, 1970-82

Shifting positions: Sinn Fein and the political implications of the Hunger Strike, 1981-86

James Connolly and Irish socialism/nationalism

James Larkin and the trade union movement

Labour and politics

Labour texts and documents

The suffrage campaigns

Women in nationalist politics

Legislation and women's rights, 1922-37

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

  • M. Irvine: 1991, Northern Ireland: Faith and Faction, 1st, Routledge, London, 978-0415055786
  • A. Aughey: 1989, Under Siege:Ulster Unionism and the Anglo-Irish Agreement, 1st, Hurst & Co., 978-1850659515
  • P. Arthur & K. Jeffrey: 2001, Northern Ireland Since 1968, Lightning Source Inc., 978-0631200840
  • N. Porter: 1998, Rethinking Unionism, New edn. 1998, Blackstaff Press, Belfast, 0-85640-643-0
  • P. Taylor: 2000, Loyalists, 1st, Bloomsbury Publishing, 978-0747545194
  • J. Bowyer Bell: 2000, The IRA 1868-2000, 1st, Routledge, London, 978-0714681181
  • D. Morrison: 2007, Hunger Strike: Reflections on the 1981 Hunger Strike, 1st, Brandon Books, Co. Kerry, 978-0863223600
  • C. O'Donnell: 2007, Fianna Fail, Irish Republicanism and the Northern Ireland Troubles 1968-2005, 1st, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 978-07165333603
  • Emmet O'Connor: 1992, A Labour History of Ireland 1824-1960, Gill & MacMillan,
  • Donal Nevin: 2005, James Connolly: A Full Life, Gill & MacMillan,
  • Emmet O'Connor: 2002, James Larkin, Cork University Press,
  • Linda Connolly: 2003, The Irish Women's Movement: From Revolution to Devolution, Lilliput Press, Dublin,
  • Myrtle Hill: 2003, Women in Ireland: A Century of Change, Blackstaff Press, Belfast,
  • Mary Cullen and Maria Luddy: 2001, Female Activists: Irish Women and Change, 1900-1960, Woodfield Press, Dublin,
  • Maria Luddy: 2007, Prostitution and Irish Society, 1800-1940, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,
  • Margaret Ward: 1995, In Their Own Voice: Women and Irish Nationalism, Attic Press, Dublin,
Other Resources

371, Website, 0, Writings of James Connolly, www.marxists.org/archive/connolly, 372, website, Republican Sinn Fein, 2007, Eire Nua, www.rsf.ie/eirenua,
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