Aspects of the Irish Diaspora

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Aspects of the Irish Diaspora

  • 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

    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.

    Learning Outcomes
    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.

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