HIS21180 Migration and Environment in Ireland, 1500 - 1800

Academic Year 2020/2021

In Ireland, as internationally, the period from 1500 to 1800 was characterised by major political, economic and social change. Recently, historians have placed increasing emphasis on the impact of early modern environmental and demographic transformation at a time of sustained political upheaval and social reorganisation. In the three centuries between 1500 and 1800, Ireland was subject to a complex process of evolution from an essentially rural island controlled by diverse Gaelic and Anglo-Norman lordships to an island dominated politically by a colonial elite who effectively differed from the native population in terms of ethnicity, language, religion and financial status. This module examines the transformation of Ireland in the period 1500 to 1800 from the perspective of migration and environmental change. In particular, the module considers how changes in demography, land ownership, land management, climate change, urbanisation and commerce significantly reconfigured Ireland’s landscape and environment.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module students should be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of migration and environment in Ireland 1500-1800
- assess the relevant secondary historiography and relevant primary sources
- present aspects of historical debates for this topic and period orally and engage in critical discussion
- present aspects of the historical debate in written form.

Indicative Module Content:

Lectures: Week 1 Peoples and Landscapes in Ireland in the 16th century Week 2: Migration in the 16th century Week 3. Migration in the 17th century Week 4: Ireland in the Atlantic world Week 5: Migration, ethnicity and conflict in 1641 Week 6: Changing Irish landscapes 1500-1800 Week 7: Urban Landscapes: early modern Dublin Week 8: Provincial urban landscapes Week 9: Landscapes of the Ascendancy Week 10: Environmental change in early modern Ireland Week 11: Summary Overview.

In addition to 11 lectures, there will be 10 seminars dealing with topics raised in the lectures.

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 by means of a weekly lecture and a complementary weekly seminar. The lectures provide overviews of topics while the seminars are focused on small group active/task based learning using both secondary and primary sources related to the theme of the weekly lecture. Autonomous learning is enabled through required preparatory reading and by means of a formative and summative written assignment. Critical research, writing and citation skills are explicitly embodied in the seminar work and are assessed and advanced from the formative to the summative assignments. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Assessment will be undertaken on the basis of an end of semester essay. Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer 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?

Feedback on the mid term assignment is given by appointment in one to one meetings. Feedback on the two hour examination will be given by appointment in one to one meetings.

Name Role
Ms Eimear Farrell Tutor
Dr Ben Hazard Tutor
Dr Darren McGettigan 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) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Seminar Offering 2 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Seminar Offering 3 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Seminar Offering 4 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 14:00 - 14:50
Seminar Offering 5 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Seminar Offering 7 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Seminar Offering 8 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 12:00 - 12:50
Seminar Offering 9 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 14:00 - 14:50