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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 aims to provide context, information and insights into two of the most significant traditions to have evolved within Ireland’s political history, ie Republicanism and Unionism. The relationship between these opposing positions will be examined as will the way in which both have impacted on the development of the Irish state and on relations between both jurisdictions within Ireland and between Ireland and Britain. The module will make use of key texts and documents which provide insight into such developments.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand and locate the origins of both political traditions and the changing contexts in which each evolved.
2. Appreciate the contributions of those figures who have made significant contributions to these evolving political positions.
3. Appreciate the essential tenets of both Republicanism and Unionism as they have evolved and in some respects altered, over the course of modern Irish history and understand how both have impacted on Irish political life and on the wider 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.
6. Assimilate previous knowledge and understanding to place both Republicanism and Unionism in the contemporary context.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars24Essay and assignment preparation and completion
Independent Study79Independent study/research
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 formation of ideologies in early 20th century Ireland

The impact of both Republicanism and Unionism on the evolving Irish state

Unionism, the politis of negation? A 'siege mentality'?

Experiments and Initiatives
Experiments and Initiatives

Eire Nua
The Eire Nua theme

Shades of Unionism
Unionist publications, 1970-90

Signs and Symbols
The visual presentation of civil conflict

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

The reaction of both Republicans and Unionists to new realities 1991-2006

The Troubles' 1963-86; A review

The 'split' in Republican history

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

    Other Resources

    40953, In Class/Online, 0, A detailed reading list will be provided to students on loop and/or in-class upon commencement of module,
    Programme or List of Programmes