Students take 40 credits of taught modules, including core modules in historiography and dissemination, and two options. They can follow their own research interests (for example, selecting to focus primarily on the Early Modern period or the twentieth century) and in their choice of topic for their dissertations. The 50 remaining credits are allocated to the 15,00 word dissertation, a substantial piece of original research. Students will become familiar with the extensive Irish history collections in UCD Archives and UCD Library Special Collections and will have the opportunity to explore other archives and libraries located a short distance away in Dublin city centre.
My own module (Fionnuala Walsh)
Keeping the home fires burning: women and war in Ireland and Britain 1914-1945
This module explores the experience of women in Ireland and Britain during the First World War and the Second World War. Taking a comparative approach, it examines the impact of conflict on gender roles in society and women’s lived experience. Central to the course is a ‘history from below’ perspective, focusing on the ordinary everyday experience of war for women. Key themes include the interaction between gender and class, and the intervention of the state into domestic spaces. Together with diaries and memoirs, the module introduces students to oral history testimonies and the Mass Observation project in the United Kingdom.