Doing History

Trinity College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Doing History

  • Host University

    Trinity College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    This module will introduce you to the sources that historians use in trying to reconstruct the past. These ?primary? sources include written documents, and you will work with a variety of texts ? from official archives to legal documents and from personal memoirs to annals and chronicles. But historians also use other sources ? for example, archaeological remains and our architectural heritage, and visual art and literature ? and you will learn how they can help us to fill in the picture. You will also get the opportunity to engage with these sources in some of the great national repositories located on our doorstep, such as Trinity?s own Long Room, Ireland?s National Museum, National Gallery, National Library, and National Archives.

    When historians use these primary sources to piece together the past, they produce ?secondary? sources ? the books and articles with which you are already familiar. But these are not ?the truth?. They are a version of the past as interpreted by men and women who, no matter how hard they try, cannot but be affected by their own experiences and preconceptions. And so this module will also introduce you to some central issues in historiography ? the writing of history ? in order to enrich your experience in the reading of history throughout your Trinity years.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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