Aspects of the Irish Diaspora
Dublin City University
Area of Study
History, Irish Culture
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3
Hours & Credits
This module explores the concept, and reality, of the Irish diaspora during the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The module focuses on three destinations, America, Britain and Australia. When taking Aspects of the Irish Diaspora students examine the circumstances in which various waves of Irish people left the island for lives abroad and analyses the experience of the migrants and their descendants in their new homes. The module emphasises the importance of gender and class analysis in the history of Irish emigration. A range of primary sources such as migrant letters, memoirs, government reports and fiction are used.
1. Engage with and debate the relevance of the concept of diaspora to the Irish migrant experience.
2. Develop knowledge of the causes and consequences of successive waves of Irish migration.
3. Analyse the emigrant experience from the perspective of class and gender.
4. Engage in effective written and oral communication.
5. Analyse and discuss a wide range of primary (historical and literary) sources relevant to the Irish diaspora.
6. Be able to apply knowledge of issues relating to national identities, ethnicity, sectarianism, economic development and literature in society.