Irish Studies Courses

Code Course Credits

IRS 200

Christian Ireland, 431-1169

Offered: Fall Semester

Early Irish culture and society from the introduction of Christianity in the 5th century, through the 8th century Viking invasion and the beginning of the 12th century Anglo- Norman conquest. Emphasizes literature created out of the rapprochement between the pagan tradition and the new religion. Includes extracts from Old-Irish literature including the heroic saga, Táin Bó Cuailgne (The Cattle-Raid of Cooley) and lyric poetry produced in monasteries.

Course may be applied to the Irish Studies minor.

3

IRS 201

Medieval Ireland, 1169-1603

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

The impact of the 12th century Anglo-Norman invasion on Irish social, political and cultural life. The creation of the pale region of Anglo- Norman dominance and the different culture from that of Gaelic Ireland. Provides a brief historical survey of Gaelic Ireland in the early middle ages and insight into the archaeology of the medieval Irish Church. Introduces the world of the Irish bardic poet and his work.

Course may be applied to the Irish Studies minor.

3

IRS 202

Pre-Famine Ireland, 1603-1845

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

The destruction of the Gaelic heroic world following defeat of Irish forces at the Battle of Kinsale and subsequent dispersal of native Irish and Old English aristocracy. Introduces political, social and economic structures of this period and the disintegration of Gaelic Irish cultural values and literary traditions from the Elizabethan period to the famines of the 1840s. Concludes with an overview of economic, social and demographic trends in pre-famine Ireland.

Course may be applied to the Irish Studies minor.

3

IRS 203

Modern Ireland: 1845-1998

Offered: Fall Semester

Introduces the patterns of modern and contemporary Irish life and culture from a multidisciplinary perspective. Investigates the impact of famine on Irish society and the subsequent Gaelic Revival and Anglo-Irish Literary Revival from the 1880s until establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922. Explores the impact of cultural nationalism and the progress of 20th century literature in Irish and English. Studies the work of J.M. Synge, James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney and others. Examines the Irish response to changes in modern Irish society including religion, the family, social change, and the Irish economy.

Course may be applied to the Irish Studies minor.

3

IRS 204

Contemporary Ireland: 1922-2002

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

There is an underlying question examined through the different topics – how has Irish society been changed by the economic transformation that was initiated in the 1950s? Using sociological and political research in Ireland the course examines the planned economic growth and unplanned political and social changes that have come to shape contemporary Irish society and its place in Europe and the world.

Course may be applied to the Irish Studies minor.

3