History - The Irish Revolution 1912 - 1923
The aim of the course is to introduce students to, familiarise them with, and inculcate an advanced understanding of, the events of, sources for the study of, lines of historiographical enquiry relating to, and social memory and commemoration of, the revolutionary decade in modern Irish history from the start of the crisis over the third home rule bill in 1912 to the conclusion of the Irish civil war in 1923.
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
• evaluate the significance of the principal issues and problems of the 'revolutionary decade' in modern Irish history, 1912-23
• summarise the competing interpretations of the significance of the events of the 'revolutionary decade'
• compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of public and academic histories of the 'revolutionary decade'
• evaluate and incorporate new insights informed by the forefront of the field of learning;
• judge the value of the source material available for the study of this period
• assess the contribution of the work of specific historians to our understating of the 'revolutionary decade'
The first module, Sources and debates in the Irish revolution, will examine contemporary writings, speeches and debates of the revolutionary period, with the attention on such figures as Padraig Pearse, James Connolly, Edward Carson, James Craig, David Lloyd George, Arthur Griffith, Terence MacSwiney, Constance Markiewicz, and many others. Students will also be introduced to the source material available for the study of the period, in both manuscript and on-line form, such as government archives, newspapers, IRA pension applications, Bureau of Military History testimonies, police records, and the like.The second module, Historiography of the Irish revolution, examines the arguments and interpretation of the events by historians from the 1920s to the present day.
The final module, Public history, Commemoration, and the Irish Revolution, focuses on the role of 'public history', that is, the use of the events of this 'revolutionary decade' by politicians and other groups and individuals to promote contemporary agendas.
The research module gives candidates the opportunity to explore in depth the subject matter of their proposal.
The entry requirement is a primary degree with a Second Class Honours Grade 1 (or equivalent) in History or a cognate discipline.
Candidates who hold a primary degree with a Second Class Honours Grade 2 in History or a cognate discipline will also be considered subject to a written expression of interest and/or interview consistent with the school selection procedures.
In exceptional circumstances, substantial professional experience in a relevant and related field of employment (such as, but not restricted to, teaching, archives, museums, the heritage or tourism industries), that equip the candidate with the knowledge, skills and attributes required to undertake an MA programme, may be accepted as compensating for the absence of an undergraduate degree to the required standard. All such applications to be considered on a case by case basis by the programme co-ordinator and would be subject to the approval of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/
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The programme utilises a variety of continuous assessment methods, including essays, book reviews and the analysis of document, artefacts, and televisual and cinematic productions. There are no written examinations.
Students take modules to the value of 90 credits comprising taught modules to the value of 45 credits (Part I) and a dissertation to the value of 45 credits (Part II).
Students take 90 credits as follows:
• HI6042 Sources and debates in the Irish revolution (15 credits);
• HI6049 Historiography of the Irish revolution (15 credits)
• HI6050 Public history, commemoration, and the Irish revolution (15 credits)
• HI6100 History Dissertation (45 credits): A dissertation of a maximum of 20,000 words must be submitted by a specified date in September.
For further details and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate Academic Calendar
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
CKE49: 1 Year full-time
CKE38: 2 Years Part Time
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
The course is a full-time one, and delivered using a variety of teaching methods. The principal mechanism will be by means of seminar discussions, but there will also be opportunities for students to present their research findings, together with field trips to some of the sites in Cork city and county associated with the revolutionary period, including places such as Kilmichael, Crossbarry and Béal na mBláth.
There will be a mixture of lectures and seminars, averaging 4-5 class hours a week, plus individual tutorial discussions. In HI6042 there is also the week-long field trip (5 days, 4 nights away).
Start Date: 7 September 2020
Post Course Info
Skills and Careers Information
Graduates of the course will be well-placed, either to continue to continue with further study of the period (the course serving as an ideal preparation for doctoral-level research), or to apply for the numerous jobs relating to the revolutionary decade that will arise in heritage, media, research and tourism areas, as a result of the heightened interest in the period produced by their centenaries.