This course is part of the (Res)MA History Programme. Students from within the specialization the course belongs to have right of way. It is not accessible for BA students.
Resistance to the union between Great Britain and Ireland has a long history, which culminated in what is now termed the Irish Revolution between 1912 and 1923. Following a major political crisis over the introduction of self-government for Ireland before World War One a group of Irish republicans initiated a rebellion during Easter 1916. This was quickly put down but eventually led to the start of a war of independence followed by a civil war over the compromis brokered between these some of these same republicans and the British government. In this compromise the existence af a separate northern Ireland dominated by protestant Unionists was acknowledged. In the end those who accepted the compromise won the civil war and established the remainder of Ireland as a dominion in the British Commonwealth.
This course will trace and try to explain the course of events. After a number of introductory meetings discussing the existing literature, students can choose their own topic and research this by the use of a number of quite unique bodies of source material, including more than 1000 statements of former members of the republican army, their pension claims and local newspapers among other sources.
General learning objectives
The student has acquired:
- The ability to independently identify and select literature, using traditional and modern techniques;
- The ability to independently identify and select sources, using traditional and modern techniques;
- The ability to analyse and evaluate a corpus of sources with a view to addressing a particular historical problem;
- The ability to analyse and evaluate literature with a view to addressing a particular historical problem;
- The ability to independently formulate a clear and well-argued research question, taking into account the theory and method of the field and to reduce this question to accessible and manageable sub-questions;
- The ability to independently set up and carry out an original research project that can make a contribution to existing scholarly debates;
- The ability to give a clear and well-founded oral and written report on research results in correct English, when required, or Dutch, meeting the criteria of the discipline;
- The ability to participate in current debates in the specialisation;
- The ability to provide constructive feedback to and formulate criticism of the work of others and the ability to evaluate the value of such criticism and feedback on one’s own work and incorporate it;
- (ResMA only:) The ability to participate in a discussion of the theoretical foundations of the discipline.
Learning objectives, pertaining to the specialisation
The student has acquired:
- Thorough knowledge and comprehension of one of the specialisations or subtrack as well as of the historiography of the specialisation, focusing particularly on the following;
-in the specialisation Politics, Culture and National Identities, 1789 to the Present: political practices, symbols and perceptions, nationalism, and national identities in a cultural and societal context from 1800;
- Thorough knowledge and comprehension of the theoretical, conceptual and methodological aspects of the specialisation Politics, Culture and National Identities, 1789 to the Present: international comparison and transfer; the analysis of the specific perspectives of secondary studies; a cultural-historical approach of politics and a political-historical approach of culture.
Learning objectives, pertaining to this Research Seminar
13) Gaining insight into various core aspects of the Irish revolution and its historiography.
14) The ability to formulate a testable research question based on academic debates.
15) Gaining specialized knowledge of a specific aspect of a revolutionary situation
16) ResMA only – The ability to interpret a potentially complex corpus of sources
17) ResMA only – The ability to identify new approaches within existing academic debate
18) ResMA only – Knowledge of the interdisciplinary aspects of the specialisation
The timetables are available through MyTimetable.
Mode of instruction
- Seminar (compulsory attendance)
This means that students must attend every session of the course. Students who are unable to attend are required to notify the lecturer beforehand. The teacher will determine if and how the missed session can be compensated by an additional assignment. If specific restrictions apply to a particular course, the lecturer will notify the students at the beginning of the semester. If a student does not comply with the aforementioned requirements, the student will be excluded from the seminar.
- Written paper (6500-7500 words, based on research in primary sources, excluding title page, table of contents, footnotes and bibliography)
measured learning objectives: 1-8, 13-15 (and ResMA:16-18
- Oral presentation
measured learning objectives: 3-7 (and ResMA: 16)
- Assignment 1 (participation in class discussion on basis of literature)
measured learning objectives: 7-9, 11-12 (and ResMA:10)
- Assignment 2 (participation in class discussion on basis of research presentations)
measured learning objectives: 7-9, 11-12 (and ResMA: 10)
- Oral presentations
measured learning objectives: 3-7
Written paper: 70 %
Oral presentation: 20 %
Assignment 1-3: 10 %
The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average with the additional requirement that the written paper must always be sufficient.
Assignments and written papers should be handed in within the deadline as provided in the relevant course outline on Brightspace.
Should the overall mark be unsatisfactory, the paper is to be revised after consultation with the instructor.
Inspection and feedback
How and when a review of the written paper will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the results, a review of the written paper will have to be organised.
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