Modern & Contemporary Ireland Since 1790

Subject HIST20035 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture per week and a 1-hour tutorial for 11 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Gillian Russell

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 Melbourne'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 country'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.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will:

  • 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.

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 pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day; after five working days, no late assessment will be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Subject readings will be available online

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: History

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