History - Local History
The taught component (Part I) will provide a practical guide to the writing of Irish Local History, discussing the most effective use of the main sources (both public and private records, from the thirteenth century to the twentieth) from a historical perspective. Particular attention will be devoted to the historiographical dimension of research and to the changing relationship between local and national history.
The taught component will consist of lectures specially tailored to provide a practical guide to the writing of Irish Local History, indicating the main sources, their location and how best they might be exploited. Methodological issues will be discussed in order to help the student avoid the potential pitfalls associated with the interpretation and presentation of local history.
An honours degree (at 2.2 level) in History or a cognate subject, or its equivalent.
Candidates with relevant experience in local historical studies (e.g. membership of local historical societies and/or heritage groups, publications, etc.) are also invited to apply.
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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Evaluation is by a 5,000 word essay and continuous assessment in Part I, to be completed by 1 June in year one and a 25,000-30,000 word dissertation on an approved topic in Part II must be submitted by the end of year 2.
The programme addresses the following:
Semester 1: Sources for Irish Local History
• UCC Archives and Library Holdings
• Cork City and County Archives and Library Holdings
• Digital History
• Medieval Irish History
• Early Modern Irish History
• 18th Century Irish History
• 19th Century Irish History
• Irish Economic History
• Digital Data Bases
• Irish Labour/Social History
• Cork A Case Study
In Part I, Year I students take taught modules to the value of 30 credits. Students will also undertake work on the dissertation to the value of 15 credits during Year 1 which meets the satisfaction of the Programme Board. In Part II, Year 2 students complete a research dissertation of 25,000-30,000 words to the value of 60 credits.
Students take 90 credits as follows:
Part I - Year 1
• HI6028 Independent Research I (5 credits)
• HI6029 Independent Research II (5 credits)
• HI6030 Perspectives on Local Cork History (10 credits)
• HI6031 Local History Research: Sources and Methods (10 credits)
Students undertake workload to the value of 15 credits on the thesis which will be assessed at the end of Year 2.
Part II - Year 2
• HI6027 Research Dissertation (60 credits)
Postgraduate Academic Calendar: Programme Requirements.
2 Years Part Time.
Coursework consists of a taught component of weekly evening lectures (Wednesday 6.30 - 8.30 p.m) and seminars in Year I.
Start Date: 7 September 2020