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History - Local History

Course Outline
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.

Course Practicalities
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.

Entry requirements

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/

International/non-EU applicants
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Duration

2 Years Part Time.

Course Practicalities
Coursework consists of a taught component of weekly evening lectures (Wednesday 6.30 - 8.30 p.m) and seminars in Year I.

Further enquiries

Dr Donal O'Drisceoil
email:d.odriscoll@ucc.ie
Tel:00 353 21 490 3048

Ms Maeve Barry
email:maeve.barry@ucc.ie
Tel: 00 353 21 490 2124

Subjects taught

Programme Outline
The programme addresses the following:
Semester 1: Sources for Irish Local History
Course Introduction
• 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

Semester 2:
• Cork A Case Study

Programme Requirements
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)

plus
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.

Comment

Course Practicalities
Coursework consists of a taught component of weekly evening lectures (Wednesday 6.30 - 8.30 p.m) and seminars in Year I.

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.

Assessment method

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.

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:
For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020
Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020
Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020
Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020
Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

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