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The Two Irelands 1911-1998


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The Two Irelands 1911-1998 short course gives you the opportunity to examine the history of culture, society, politics and religion in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and consider Britain's troubled relationship with the two countries, as well as their place in the European and broader international community.

This unique course also fosters comparative approaches to the history of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The historiographies of these fields are often disconnected: the Troubles in Northern Ireland, for example, are rarely, if ever, considered in the historiography of contemporary Britain. Join us as we seek to foster new research and approaches to the history of the two Irelands and study the following through interdisciplinary scholarship and examining new primary sources:

  • The history of politics and culture
  • Conflict, terrorism and civil war
  • The breakup of the United Kingdom and devolution
  • Religion, religious extremism and sectarianism
  • Concepts of peace
  • Civil society
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Emigration

Assessment is via an essay of 5000-5500 words (100%).

30 credits at level 7

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    This course is taught at postgraduate master's level. In order to fully engage with the class, you should have previous knowledge of history and the demands of historical analysis, for example, by having successfully completed an intermediate class at Level 5/6 (such as an undergraduate degree) or by having significant professional experience in this area. You should also have an interest in the key themes.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.