The History of the Irish Landscape

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The History of the Irish Landscape

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    History, Irish Culture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    5 unit course – This course introduces students to the main developments in Irish landscape history, from the arrival of the first humans in Ireland c.9,000 years ago, to the modern, urbanised Ireland of today. Students will learn about the principal sources that inform us about landscape history, the impact of humans on the landscape, and how the landscape itself can be used as a valuable source for studying the past. The themes and topics addressed in this course embrace early human settlement, the impact of Neolithic settlement patterns, iron age fort development, the early medieval landscape, the Vikings and the beginnings of urbanisation, the impact and legacy of plantation and of the landlords system, early modern urbanisation, the environmental origins and legacy of the Great Famine, and the creation of the modern landscape. In addition, students are provided with a number of more particular cases studies that explore particular monuments and landscape forms – the megalithic tombs; small towns and villages, and the local impact of the Great Famine. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Comprehend and analyse the underlying reasons for and consequences of social, economic and cultural change.
    2. Construct an objective and well-presented written argument based on a broad range of historical evidence and critical reading.
    3. Engage in self-directed learning by specialising in areas of personal interest.