HIS20960 Living Loving & Dying in 19th Century Ireland

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module explores the forces which shaped Irish society in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries from the perspective of ordinary lives and everyday experiences, experiences of sickness and health, love and marriage, birth and death, crime and punishment, getting and spending. The topics examined will include population increase and decline - including the impact of emigration and disease - the revolution in communications, changes in religious and medical practices, and debates on child and maternal welfare. The Irish case will be situated within broader European and British trends.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course you should:- understand the factors shaping social change in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Ireland-be aware of the interaction between these factors and individual experience - have a critical understanding of the sources and challenges associated with studying history 'from below'- have analysed the key concepts and methodologies which historians have used to approach the economic, social and medical history of modern Ireland- have developed your skills in dealing with primary and secondary sources-have worked and learned with others through discussion and presentation - have enhanced your skills in written analysis.

Indicative Module Content:

Week 1 Introduction. Week 2 Emigration and population. Week 3: Marriage, the family and sexuality. Week 4: Religion and society. Week 5: Education. Week 6: Famines and diseases: Crime and punishment. Week 8: Earning a living. Week 9: Communications. Week 10: Ireland on the eve of rebellion. Week 11: Revision Lecture.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module combines large-group and small-group teaching, through a weekly lecture and seminar. Weekly lectures provide overviews of weekly topics, with focus upon key historical trends, debates and events. Weekly seminars focus on small-group active / task-based learning using both secondary and primary sources related to the weekly topic covered in the lecture. Autonomous learning is nurtured through required preparatory reading each week, and a formative and summative written assignment. Critical analysis skills are developed in seminars through close reading of primary and secondary sources. Key research, writing and citation skills are explicitly assessed and advanced from the formative to the summative assignments. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HIS30150 - The Irish Experience

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: See handbook Week 6 n/a Graded No


Examination: 2-hour end of semester 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Attendance: See handbook Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

A: Feedback on the mid-term Essay assignment is given in writing on the returned hard-copy B: Feedback on the two-hour examination will be given by appointment in one-toone meetings

Name Role
Assoc Professor Lindsey Earner-Byrne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Terence Dooley Subject Extern Examiner
Ms Bridget Harrison Tutor
Mr Philip Walsh Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Seminar Offering 2 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Seminar Offering 3 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Mon 14:00 - 14:50
Seminar Offering 4 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Seminar Offering 5 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Tues 09:00 - 09:50
Seminar Offering 7 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Seminar Offering 8 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Tues 12:00 - 12:50
Seminar Offering 9 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Seminar Offering 10 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Tues 14:00 - 14:50
Seminar Offering 13 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Mon 12:00 - 12:50