History of Irish Thought

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    History of Irish Thought

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students may not take this course if enrolled in PI248

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Course description: This course covers the history of Irish thought from the seventh century to the twentieth century, focusing in some detail on the ideas of selected individual thinkers. The course begins with the thought of the Irish Augustine, an Irish monk from the seventh century. It continues with an examination of the work of the great ninth-century thinker, John Scottus Eriugena. The bulk of the course will discuss the thought of the modern thinkers, including Robert Boyle, John Toland, George Berkeley, Jonathan Swift, Francis Hutcheson and Edmund Burke.

    The course will conclude with a discussion of the work of the nineteenth-century radical thinkers, William Thompson and Anna Doyle Wheeler, and the twentieth-century thinkers, Iris Murdoch, William Desmond and Philip Pettit.

    Teaching and learning methods:
    The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

    Methods of assessment and evaluation
    : Overall assessment is based on written examination. Written course work (essay) - if required - is added to the evaluation.

    Core Texts:

    Duddy, T., A History of Irish Thought, Routledge 2002.

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.

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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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