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Early Start Semester in History and Modern Ireland

About This Course

Fact File

Course Outline

The Early Start Semester in History and Modern Ireland provides the visiting student with a stimulating introduction to the major issues in the modern history and politics of Ireland.

The core module of the course is The Challenge of Democracy in Twentieth Century Ireland. This module examines a number of key periods characterised by intense debate on Irish nationality and the forms of social, economic and political structures most appropriate to an independent, democratic Irish state.

Particular attention is devoted to:

  • the crisis of Government in Ireland between 1912 and 1922, with particular reference to Home Rule, the 1916 Rising, and Michael Collins and the War of Independence, Irish-America, nationalism and partition.
  • the outbreak of the Civil War in the South and intense communal unrest in Northern Ireland.
  • the outbreak of ‘the Troubles’ in the late 1960s, and their impact upon social and political life north and south of the border
  • the origins and development of the ‘Peace Process’ in the 1990s, with specific reference to the role of successive US administrations.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Lectures, seminars, field trips

Course Practicalities

The course is taught in the mornings over three weeks, with a mixture of lecture and discussion classes. Field trips to West Cork and an overnight stay Dublin are included in the course. 

Assessment is based on essays, field-trip reports and other writing exercises in class, equivalent to 8,000 words in total.

Why Choose This Course

The course provides an introduction to important themes in modern Irish history.

Skills and Careers Information

Students on the course will have the opportunity to explore how the process of research, analysis and writing in the humanities works.


The minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement for admission to the programme is normally 3.0 out of 4.0

Fees and Costs

€8,250 Minor costs may be incurred for snacks or meals on field trip(s)

How Do I Apply

See Visiting US and Non-EU Students for details on how to apply

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