Ireland: a history to c1800

Ref: C2337933

The Irish Question. Ireland is a land around which many legends and myths have grown. This course will look at the early beginnings of the people that settled in the emerald Isle. Trace the links to mainland Britain and examine Henry II's motives in becoming Lord of Ireland. The role of the Stuart Kings in the plantation of Ulster had profound impacts for the future relationship with the mainland.Cromwell and the English Civil War left a legacy which has caused much controversy and continues to be evaluated. The Protestant Ascendancy which was established deserves consideration not least for the effects that it had on the native Irish population. By understanding events at the end of the eighteenth century which laid the ground for future revolution we can make links to the present relationship between Britain and Ireland.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the History of Ireland from the arrival of the first men in Ireland to the early nineteenth century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand Catholic Gaelic Irish culture
  • Evaluate the development of the plantation of Ulster
  • Assess the role of Oliver Cromwell in Ireland
  • Interpret the impact of the Protestant ascendancy

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Ireland: a history to c1800 Course Outline


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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