Module Descriptions

by subject area

MHY7015 The Irish and their Past: Historical Writing since 1600 (Semester 1)
Using a series of case studies from the 17th century to the present, the module will examine the way in which understandings of the Irish past have changed over time, and the relationship between historical writing and its political, social and cultural background.

MHY7030 Culture, Politics and Identity in Ireland c.1750-c.1940 (Semester 2)
The module will examine the changing character of popular culture, with particular relation to the themes of commercialization, social control and the transition from oral to written culture. Against this background it will explore the ways in which cultural forms were used to define and support political identities.

MHY7055 Women in Modern Ireland, 1760-1960 (Semester 2)
An examination of the history of women in Ireland, 1760-1960. Students will read relevant secondary literature on women's status and role in Irish society and analyse international literature for comparative conceptual frameworks. Students will also identify primary source material which could be used for further exploration of the selected topics.

PAI9002 Politics of Northern Ireland (Semester 1)
This module aims to examine the principal debates and issues in Northern Irish politics, and includes both an analytical survey of the history of the state, and a treatment of key political themes. The overall aim of the module is to place Northern Irish politics in appropriate historical and ideological context. The political conflict in Northern Ireland has generated an extensive scholarly literature. This module requires students to engage with such work, and through such engagement to develop their own distinctive interpretations of Northern Irish politics from the foundation of the state up until today.

PAI9003 The Politics of the Republic of Ireland (Semester 2)
The module combines an historical and thematic approach to provide students with an understanding of the politics of the Irish Free State, later the Republic. It introduces students to key debates on the Irish Revolution and its background, on Irish historical revisionism and on the foundations of statehood and the institutions and political culture of the new state. Particular themes include partition and its impact, the achievement of stability and order, negotiations of identity, problems of modernisation, Ireland’s shifting place in European and world politics, changing attitudes towards partition, and the impact of social change, in particular the dramatically changed social position of women since the 1970s, on self-definitions.

PAI9006 Northern Ireland and the world (Semester 2)
The course examines the impact of external parties on the conflict in Northern Ireland and compares Northern Ireland with other societies of a similar nature.

PAI9007 Nature of ethnicity and ethnic conflict (Semester 1)
Examination of theories and concepts relating to ethnicity, nationalism, national identity, religion, ethno-nationalism and gender as they relate to contemporary conflict. Cases of violent conflict are explored by examining, for example, right of minorities, politics of ethnic assimilation and forced population transfers. The comparative dimension of conflicts involving two or more diverse societies is a key component of this module.

PAI9013 National and Ethnic Conflict Management (Semester 2)
Students will be provided with a detailed and critical analysis of the political and constitutional options in societies beset by ethnic conflict, with particular emphasis being given to mechanisms directed at the achievement of political accommodation.

PAI9019 The Politics of Culture and Identity (Semester 2)
The module uses normative political theory in assessing the demands of cultural justice in modern societies characterised by a plurality of group identities. It emphasises the potential of normative theory as a tool of critical analysis and it investigates how we might respond to the challenge of securing an inclusive political culture under conditions of deep national & ethnic diversity. We draw on the work of several theorists who have made important contributions to our understanding of political struggles for recognition and the prospects for accommodation in diverse societies. These include Kymlika, Young, Habermas, Taylor, Tully, Rawls, Walzer, Honneth, Barry, and others.

SAN7016 The Anthropology of Ireland (Semester 2)
This module explores the development of anthropological research on Ireland, examining what anthropologists have added to our knowledge of Irish society. The module explores issues surrounding perceptions of rural and urban Ireland - especially recent developments in the anthropology of the city - as well as issues surrounding cultural notions of 'borders' and 'community'. An important element will be anthropological perspectives on conflict in Ireland, especially in the north. Here the applicability of anthropological approaches to symbols and rituals is assessed.

SAN7003 Religion and ritual (Semester 2)
Anthropologists have interpreted religion in three main ways: as an attempt to make sense of the mysteries of life (and death); as a special set of social institutions seen in relation to other aspects of society; as an outcome of mental (including emotional) characteristics of our species. This module critically examines competing versions of these three basic approaches, using ethnography on such topics as: funerals, initiations, rites of inversion, fertility ritual, cargo cults, and world religions.

SOC9006 Religion and Ritual in Ireland (Semester 1)
An examination of the role of religion and ritual in Ireland, looking at religion, religious worship and ritual behaviour in an Irish context. Ritual behaviour will cover such things as Orange marches and symbols in Masonry.

SOC9022 Conflict and Change in Northern Ireland: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives (Semester 2)
The objectives of this module are to introduce advanced students to key issues in contemporary research on conflict and change in divided societies, using Northern Ireland as a case study. It will examine critical sociological debates about identity, community, ethnicity, inequality, crime, conflict and conflict management, and interrogate their usefulness in a Northern Irish context. Emphasis will be placed on how Northern Ireland may conform to, or challenge, contemporary debates in theoretical and comparative sociology.

WST8002 Religion, Gender and Power in Irish Society (Semester 2)
This module will explore the relationship between institutional religion and women's experience in nineteenth and twentieth century Ireland. The churches' influence has had a direct impact on women's personal, sexual and family life, and has shaped attitudes to their wider social and economic roles. Less frequently recognised is the major contribution made by women to religion at both the institutional and popular levels. We will examine the nature and extent of changes over time, compare experiences in Northern Ireland and the Republic, and assess the contemporary situation, including new feminist perspectives on theology.

ENG7001 Introduction to Irish literary issues (Semester 1)
This module explores some key topics of critical and cultural debate which bear on different periods of Irish writing. It focuses on relations between literature and history, on the question of Irish literary genres and canons, and on interactions between politics and aesthetics.

ENG7002 Irish Drama in the Twentieth Century (Semester 2)
This module examines the work of several Irish dramatists, notably J.M.Synge, W.B.Yeats, Lady Gregory, Sean O'Casey, Denis Johnston, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, Thomas Murphy, Stewart Parker and Frank McGuinness. Students have an element of choice in the authors to be considered. There is an emphasis on dramatic forms, the social and political aspects of drama, and current issues in Irish theatre such as translations, adaptations, and drama of the `Troubles'.

ENG7003 Irish prose in the twentieth century (Semester 2)
This module examines the full range of Irish prose in the twentieth century. It starts with the work of George Moore and James Joyce and thereafter students have an element of choice in the authors to be considered. The module covers the development of the novel in Ireland through the sudy of such topics as realism in Ireland, the literary fantastic, experimental fiction, the `Big House' novel, autobiographical fiction, migrant fictions, `Troubles' fiction, contemporary fiction, women's writing, and representations of the city.

ENG7004 Irish poetry in the twentieth century (Semester 2)
This module explores Irish poetic traditions in the twentieth century, with particular reference to the posterity of Yeats. It covers the aesthetics and politics of Yeats's later poetry, the diverse reception of Yeats's poetry by the generation of Louis MacNeice, Austin Clarke and Patrick Kavanagh, together with their own poetry's distinctive qualities; the relation between poetic forms and cultural/political conditions, and the issues raised by the emergence of `Northern Irish Poetry'. The contemporary poets whose work will be discussed include: Ciaran Carson, Paul Durkan, Seamus Heaney, Medbh McGuckian, Derek Mahon, and Paul Muldoon.

ENG7006 Irish English: perceptions of language, identity and culture (Semester 2)
The module looks at the role, status and features of English, in comparison with Scots and Irish, as an expression of identity and culture in both parts of Ireland at national, regional, group and individual levels, in literature and in other genres. It also looks at the local variation in English and Scots used to maintain social networks and to express class, ethnic and other social differences; at attitudes to local variation, including perceived standardisation in Northern Ireland;and at methods of linguistic research.

ENG7008 W.B. Yeats: poetry and prose (Semester 2)
This module examines Yeats's poetry and prose from the 1880s onwards. It deals with his lyrical and narrative poetry, with his autobiographical and critical writings, and with his interest in myth and mysticism. It considers the relationship between Yeats's poetry and prose, and also situates his writings in the context of literary and political debates of the period. Key literary contexts include 1890s aestheticism, the Irish Revival, Irish Modernism. Yeats's engagement in literary-critical debates is related to developments in Irish politics from the late 19th century to the 1930s.

ENG7011 The Drama of W.B. Yeats and Samuel Beckett (Semester 2)
This module involves a comparative examination of the plays of W.B.Yeats and Samuel Beckett. It positions the Irish drama of Yeats in the context of the European avant-garde and the European avant-garde theatre of Beckett in relation to Irish cultural nationalism. The module examines the relationship between ritual theatre and nationhood in the plays of Yeats, how Beckett's plays respond to this relationship, and the relationship between alternative forms of post-humanist vision offered in the work of both playwrights in the light of their responses to nationhood.

CEL7017 The sociolinguistics of Irish (Semester 1)
Language planning and standardisation, registers, dialects v standard, language revival studies, language contact, acquisition of Irish, language usage and language change.

CEL7019 Modern Irish writing (Semester 1)
Modern Irish, prose, poetry and drama.

CEL7023 Early Ireland (Semester 1)
The literature of the Old and Middle Irish period in its historical and literary context.

CEL7021 Comparative Studies in the Gaelic Languages (Semester 1)
A comparison of the phonological, syntactical, and semantic systems of Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Manx; the sociolingistic background to all three languages.

CEL7022 Irish and Scottish comparative literature (Semester 1)
Aspects of Modern Irish and Scottish Gaelic prose and poetry, focusing on a shared linguistic and literary heritage.

CEL7024 Poet and society in Ireland and Scotland (Semester 1)
Role of the Poet in Gaelic Society in Ireland and Scotland (c1200-1650). Various poetic genres employed; relationship between poet and patron; contemporary politics and identity as expressed in bardic poetry.

CEL7025 Irish Name Studies (Semester 2)
The study of place names in Ireland, including origins, categories, modern scientific study, place names in Scotland and Isle of Man; the study of genealogy, including its use down to 18th century, principal collections and their value.

CEL7026 Irish Song and Story (Semester 2)
The folklore heritage of Ireland, storytelling and the study of social history; the musical heritage of Ireland and its relationship with Irish literature.

ARL7008 Problems in Irish Prehistory (Semester 1)
A survey of the major problems of Irish archaeology from the initial colonization c 7000 BC until the arrival of Christianity in the early medieval period.

ARL7012 Medieval Ireland (Semester 2)
The study of Ireland from the 5th to 17th centuries through the physical remains of the past rather than documentary history. Early Christian crafts and settlements; impact of the Vikings; the lordship of the Anglo-Normans and the problems of the later Middle Ages.

ARL7041 Celtic Europe (Semester 2)
The course will cover the Iron Age of continental Europe and the British Isles from around 700 BC until the 1st century AD. The emphasis will be on the nature of contacts between the Mediterannean civilisations of Greece and, more particularly, Rome and the less centralised societies of temperate Europe, the cultural construction of identity and power in the 'Celtic' world, and the processes of 'Romanisation'.

PAL7016 Irish Palaeoecology (Semester 2)
Ireland's environmental history set in a secure time framework and against a background of European environmental change. The story will be taken from the ice ages to the modern environment and landscape and to predictions for the future. The course will cover techniques for the study of past environment and will include modern views on landscape conservation.

FLM7002 Irish Film: contexts and approaches (Semester 1)
This module examines contemporary Irish film-making within the context of a various formal, material and critical issues. A range of Irish films will be studied in terms of their intellectual engagement with Irish issues and their relationship to other film cultures and visual contexts. Particular emphasis will be placed on the 'new' Irish cinema movement of the 1970s and 1980s, and the work of those Irish directors who have aligned themselves to 'avant-garde' positions and practices. Issues relating to contemporary film-making in Northern Ireland will also be addressed.

ESH9001 – Old and New Worlds: plantation and migration in the seventeenth century (Centre for Migration Studies, CMS) - Semester 1
This module explores the significant inward and outward migrations which shaped seventeenth century Ireland. British settlement and plantation transformed the island and the nature of migration across the Irish Sea and the patterns of settlement established are considered. Outward movements were also significant and movement to Britain and Europe is explored alongside Irish migration to the New World which is considered in a comparative frame with colonization in Ireland.

ESH9002 – The Emergence of Mass Migration 1700-1815  (Semester 2)
Our understanding of eighteenth century Ireland has altered significantly during the past generation and this revision has important consequences for the way we think about Irish migration. The module explores the evolution of an Irish diaspora which by 1815 encompassed significant settlement in Britain, Europe, the Americas and throughout the British Empire. We examine how migrants followed trade routes and ideas followed migrants.

ESH9003 – The Age of Crisis 1815-1921 (Semester 1) 
The ‘Long Nineteenth Century’ witnessed emigration upon an unparalleled scale as millions of emigrants crossed the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea. The major crisis of the Great Famine proved central to the perception and memory of Irish emigration. Concepts of exile and agency on behalf of individual migrants are explored as is the major impact of migration upon Ireland itself.

ESH9004 – Emigrants and Exiles: Irish Migration from Partition to the Present  (Semester 2)
At one level the establishment of two states on the island had limited impact upon a continuing outward flow of migrants. Britain from 1929 replaces the USA as the dominant destination for departing migrants. Recognizing that students have had their own migration memories in this era we explore these in the context of patterns on both sides of the border. Finally, we address the challenges we face today in relation to contemporary immigration.

MHY7020 Research Methods (Semester 1)
The module will examine the purpose of historical research and writing, the main genres of historical writing, techniques of bibliographical research, footnoting, the handling of quantitative and non-quantitative evidence, and practical writing skills.

ENG7000 Research Methods (Semester 1)
This course contains some directions on the methods of preparing and presenting a piece of scholarly writing; some instruction in techniques in the use of the library and of electronic databases for the purposes of accessing information about chosen topics of research; and some technical information about the production and transmission of texts that may influence ways of assessing literary evidence and intentionality.

CEL7000 Research Methods (Semester 1)
Training in bibliographical skills, editing and annotation, and Irish palaeography and/or pre-standard orthography and Gaelic typeface.

SAN7007 Anthropological Methods in Context and Practice (Semester 1)
This module focuses on the key qualitative and quantitative techniques used by anthropologists in their field research, including participant observation, interviewing, the use of archives and written information, the production of genealogies, the collection and analysis of numerical data, etc. Students will learn about the place of these methods in the history of the discipline, and about the key debates surrounding the relationship between the anthropologist and his or her informants in the field; through a series of practicals, the students will learn how to use these qualitative and quantitative methods themselves. Two of these exercises will be formally assessed.

ARL7028 Research Techniques in Archaeology and Palaeoecology (Semester 1)
The module teaches key skills needed for the production of a thesis and for the presentation of research findings through the media of poster and conference presentation and publication. There will be an introduction to research design and management as well as learning basic writing, editing and proof reading skills, and the techniques for critically assessing a piece of academic work. Specific case studies will highlight the use of computer packages (Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, SPSS and Adobe Photoshop) as research tools. Assessed tasks will incorporate material relevant to the student's proposed thesis topic.

LSE8000 Introduction to Research Methods (Semester 1)
Introduction to social research methods, including: quantitative training (methodological underpinnings, main methods of data collection, the analysis of quantitative data); qualitative training (methodological underpinnings, main methods of data collection, main approaches to analysis); general issues (e.g. ethics, applied or policy-relevant research, critical evaluation of research reports/articles, comparative research); an element of school-specific training.

PAI9021 Approaches to Political Research (Semester 1)
The module introduces some important themes in the philosophy of the social sciences and offers a critical assessment of some of the most influential approaches to political research. It deals with fundamental issues such as the source of social scientific knowledge, the relation between scholarly research and social progress, and the possibility of eliminating bias in political analysis.

LAW8012 Conflict regulation (Semester 2)
This module aims to provide an introduction to the legal regulation of violent conflict at the national and international levels. At national level, this involves a study of common law and civil law models for dealing with emergencies. At the international level, the focus will be on two overlapping layers of legal regulation: international human rights law and international humanitarian law (‘the laws of war’). The specific objectives of the course are:

• to introduce and analyse legal frameworks for the regulation of violent conflict in national and international law
• to identify mechanisms which enhance human rights protection in such situations
• to identify mechanisms which present particular risk of human right abuses
• to develop participants’ powers of critical analysis
• to enhance participants’ research abilities

LAW8013 Conflict resolution (Semester 2)
The aim of this module is to offer a comprehensive understanding of the process of conflict resolution. The module examines how law responds to the challenges of resolving conflict in the modern context. The course will explore the causes of conflict and examine how it is addressed through internal and international legal and policy processes. This will include international interventions, with or without United Nations Security Council authorisation, in mediation, peace-keeping, peace enforcement and peace-building operations. Conflict resolution is an ongoing, evolutionary, process which can pass through a variety of stages. None of the stages are predetermined, and the success, (if achieved) of the process is always contingent upon a variety of other factors. A number of those working in the field prefer to talk of conflict management rather than resolution on the ground that conflict is inherent in society and that the best approach is to concentrate on managing it rather than eliminating or resolving it. The focus in this module is on the various stages of conflict resolution or management, each of which will be critically examined. As part of this process those taking the course will be expected to develop and present a number of case-studies to illustrate the need to understand the specific context of each conflict and its relevance to any attempt to resolve or manage it.