Modern & Contemporary Ireland Since 1790

Subject 131-219 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 2.5 contact hours/week , 6 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Usually 12.5 points of first-year history or first-year European studies.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Prof Elizabeth Malcolm


Elizabeth Malcolm

Subject Overview: In the two centuries since 1790 Ireland has experienced at least four rebellions and three wars and/or civil wars. Yet, with a population during the 20th century not much bigger than MelbourneÂ’s today, it managed to win three Nobel Peace Prizes and four Nobel Prizes for Literature. This subject will focus on the political history of Ireland since 1790, charting the countryÂ’s fraught relationship with Britain, including the creation of the United Kingdom in 1801; the long battle waged during the 19th century for Irish independence or self government; the partition of the country in the early 1920s; and the ongoing conflict over the future of Northern Ireland. Students will encounter a range of issues, including the influence of religion; the tragedy of the Great Famine and the question of who was responsible for it; the reasons for mass emigration, especially of women; and the distinctive values and culture of Ulster Unionists. Students should complete the subject will a general knowledge and understanding of the major developments in Irish history since 1790.
  • understand the main social, economic and political developments in Ireland since the late 18th century;
  • have an awareness of the principal elements in debates over Irish nationalism and unionism;
  • appreciate the relationship between Ireland and Britain, including the divisions within Ireland between nationalists and unionists.
Assessment: A document essay of 1500 words 40% (due mid-semester), a research essay of 2500 words 50% (due at the end of the semester) and tutorial participation 10%. Hurdle requirement: students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to be pass this subject.
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Breadth Options:

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Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources;
  • show critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument;
  • demonstrate understanding of social, ethical and cultural context through the contextualisation of judgements, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and possibilities and by constructing an argument.
Notes: Formerly available as 131-105. Students who have completed 131-105 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Arts (History)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: European Studies Major
History Major

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