Celtic Politics since 1880: 4 Celtic Nations (HIC3508)

StaffDr Garry Tregidga - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesnone
Co-requisitesnone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module seeks to explore the macro/micro relationship between central government at Westminster and the provinces of Britain. There is a specific focus on the way in which the politics of the so-called Celtic Fringe have impacted upon areas like political realignment, policy formation and identity politics. Students will be encouraged to use a range of both qualitative and quantitative approaches including oral history, political statistics, newspaper reports and other written documents.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Articulate a sound understanding of the main developments in British and Irish politics since 1900
  • 2. Demonstrate an ability to relate political developments to changing socio-economic conditions and campaign techniques
  • 3. Utilize a variety of qualitative and quantitative approaches to the study of British politics

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Formulate appropriate questions relating to a body of source material and utilize that material to answer those questions
  • 5. With minimum guidance, develop and sustain historical arguments in a variety of literary forms, using appropriate terminology
  • 6. Display a command of comparative perspectives
  • 7. Analyse at a close and sophisticated level original sources and assess their reliability as historical evidence
  • 8. Evaluate critically the reasoning of discourses current in the period under study

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 9. Combine independent, autonomous study with the ability to work collaboratively
  • 10. Set tasks independently and solve problems, formulating appropriate questions and marshalling relevant evidence to answer them
  • 11. With minimum guidance, digest, select and synthesise evidence and arguments to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument

Syllabus plan

The lectures will provide a spine of ideas and information. These will form a basis upon which students can build their own interpretations and explore concepts and issues further in the seminars. The seminar work will comprise (1) discussions of particular topics and sources relating to the subject matter of the module and (2) group presentations on particular topics,

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
33267

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities11lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities22seminars
Guided independent study267Private study and preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Seminar presentation15 minutes 1,3, 5, 7-10Peer and Tutor verbal feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay 302,000 words1, 3, 5-6, 8, 10 -11Written comments and verbal feedback on formal submission
Essay based on own primary source research353,000 words1-3, 5-6, 8, 10-11Written comments and verbal feedback on formal submission
Oral history project352,000 word essay based on oral history interview (copy of interview submitted)1-3, 4, 7, 9-11Written comments and verbal feedback on formal submission
0
0
0

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Essays (including one based on primary source research) same1-3, 5-6, 8, and 11Referral/deferral period
Oral History projectsame1-3, 4, 7, 9-11Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

 

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

 

Web based and electronic resources: www.cornishstory.com

 

Other resources:

Basic reading

Biagini, Eugenio, British Democracy and Irish Nationalism 1876-1906,CambridgeUniversity Press, 2007

Childs, David, Britain since 1945: A Political History, Routledge, 2006. 

Githens-Mazer, Jonathan, Myths and Memories of the Easter Rising: Cultural and Political Nationalism in Ireland (Irish Academic Press, 2006).

Harvie, Christopher, Scotland and Nationalism: Scottish Society and Politics, 1707 to the present, Routledge, 2004 (4th edition).

Lynch, Peter, SNP: the history of the Scottish National Party, Ashley Drake Publishing, 2002.

McAllister, Laura, Plaid Cymru: the emergence of a political party, Seren, 2001.

Thorpe, Andrew, A History of the British Labour Party, Palgrave, 2008.

Tregidga, Garry, The Liberal Party in South-West Britain since 1918: Political Decline, Dormancy and Rebirth, University of Exeter Press, 2000.

 

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Other resources: Basic reading Biagini, Eugenio, British Democracy and Irish Nationalism 1876-1906,Cambridge University Press, 2007 Childs, David, Britain since 1945: A Political History, Routledge, 2006. Githens-Mazer, Jonathan, Myths and Memories of the Easter Rising: Cultural and Political Nationalism in Ireland (Irish Academic Press, 2006). Harvie, Christopher, Scotland and Nationalism: Scottish Society and Politics, 1707 to the present, Routledge, 2004 (4th edition). Lynch, Peter, SNP: the history of the Scottish National Party, Ashley Drake Publishing, 2002. McAllister, Laura, Plaid Cymru: the emergence of a political party, Seren, 2001. Thorpe, Andrew, A History of the British Labour Party, Palgrave, 2008. Tregidga, Garry, The Liberal Party in South-West Britain since 1918: Political Decline, Dormancy and Rebirth, University of Exeter Press, 2000.

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2014

Last revision date

2015

Key words search

British politics, oral history, Celtic Studies