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Archived Version 2017 - 2018

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
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The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the tradition of history writing as it has evolved in Europe and the world since classical times, and in Ireland from the early seventeenth century to the present. This will involve an engagement with the main trends in history writing internationally across two millennia, and in Ireland across four centuries. A pioneering feature of the module is the manner in which the two strands are integrated. Building on a foundation provided by an examination of the classical, Christian and Renaissance engagement with the past, the module thereafter seeks to integrate developments in Ireland and internationally. Thus the Irish dimension of the module will engage with all the major stands of historiography from the establishment of Catholic nationalist tendency in the early seventeenth century through to post revisionism in the twenty-first, and with all the main historians and historical commentators from Geoffrey Keating and John Davies to Diarmaid Ferriter. The international strand will do likewise tracing the evolution of historical practice and thinking through the Enlightenment, the Romanticism, Marxism, the Annales, the New Social History, concluding with the varieties of practice (post modernism, gender, race etc.) that are pursued today.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the main trends in modern international historiography from ancient Greece to the present.
2. Identify the main phases, features and primary exponents in the Irish Historiographical tradition from the seventeenth century to the present
3. Engage critically with the major phases of historical interpretation in Ireland and to locate them nationally and internationally.
4. Locate their historical reading in its historiographical context.
5. Engage in historiographically informed analysis both of historical works and of major trends in Irish history.
6. Anchor their historical endeavour firmly in its historiographical context.
7. Analyse and critique individual works of historiographical significance
8. Assess and critique the corpus of work of historical practitioners.
9. Possess the historiographical awareness required to participate in and to contribute towards the preparation and presentation of informed and reflective historical interpretation.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study100Independent study
Assignment Completion126Preparation and writing of assignment
Total Workload: 250

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
Session 1 (i)The historians of the classical era – the Greeks (ii)The historians of the classical era – the Romans Session 2 (i) Christian historiography (ii)Renaissance and Reformation Historiography Session 3 (i) The emergence of a Catholic historiography in Ireland in the early seventeenth century (ii) The emergence of a Protestant historiography in the seventeenth century Session 4 (i) Enlightenment historiography (ii)The professionalization of history Session 5 (i) Searching for consensus: writing Irish History in the eighteenth century (ii) A sectarian vision reaffirmed: the impact of the 1798 Rebellion and its aftermath Session 6 (i) The emergence of a nationalist historiography in Ireland in the mid-19th century (ii) The ‘heroic age’ of Irish historiography Session 7 (i) Romantic interpretations of European history: critics of Enlightenemnt, liberalism and democracy (ii) Neo-Romantic history writing and the crisis of European modernity Session 8 (i) The development of a Catholic historiography in the late nineteenth century. (ii) History in the new state: the early twentieth century In Ireland Session 9 (i) The Annales School (ii) The new cultural history: broad definition of culture Session 10 (i) The emergence and triumph of ‘scientific history’ in Ireland (ii) The ‘revisionist debate’ in Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s Session 11 (i) Post revisionism?: writing history in Ireland today (ii) Past in the making: memory and the uses of history; postcolonial challenges

Assessment Breakdown
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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

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