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Courses offered in Winter 2019

The Irish in Canada / IRST 210 A / HIST 212 A (3 credits)
Kate Bevan-Baker / Monday, Wednesday 11:45 – 13:00
From 17th-century fishermen and traders arriving in Newfoundland to displaced victims of the Famine in the 19th century, to contemporary immigrants from Ireland, the Irish have had a presence in all parts of Canada from the earliest days of settlement. This course examines the emigration and settlement patterns of Irish immigrants in the various regions of Canada across a period of three centuries, paying particular attention to their role in the social, economic, political, cultural, and educational development of Canadian society. The course explores the various strategies by which Irish immigrants both adapted to and transformed the particular host society in which they found themselves, and looks at other immigrant communities as a means of understanding the special contribution of the Irish to Canada.
NOTE: Students who have received credit for HIST 212 or for this topic under a HIST 398 number may not take this course for credit.

Celtic Christianity
/ IRST 228 / THEO 228 (3 credits)
Offered online through eConcordia
This course follows a historical line to show the connections of the pre­Christian Celtic beliefs with the early Christian Church of Celtic countries. It focuses on the spirituality of the Celtic people in the context of Celtic history and culture. This course is offered entirely online through eConcordia. Students enrolling in this course should have off-campus access to a computer with reliable internet connectivity. To access your online course visit the eConcordia website at
Please contact eConcordia at 514-848-8770 or 1-888-361-4949 if you have any questions regarding the online section of this course.

Celts to Tudors: History of Early and Mediaeval Ireland
/ IRST 298 A – HIST 298 A (3 credits)
Prof. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin / Tuesday, Thursday 11:45 – 13:00
This course will survey Early Irish and Mediaeval archaeology, protohistory and history from Mesolithic and Neolithic times, through the Celtic, Early Christian, Viking and Norman eras up to the Tudor conquest that radically altered the destiny of Gaelic Ireland. Focusing on the Brehon laws, ecclesiastical and secular literature, art and architecture, this cross-disciplinary course will begin with Ireland’s oldest archaeological wonders (Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth) that predate the pyramids of Egypt, before exploring the island’s monastic universities (Kells, Clonmacnoise and Derry), Viking cities (Dublin, Waterford and Limerick), and mediaeval castles (Bunratty, Trim and Carrickfergus). Particular attention will be given to the blending of languages and ethnicities in Ireland during the first millennium of the common era and the island’s centripetal position on the Atlantean sea routes linking Oceanic Europe with the Mediterranean.

Independent Ireland from the Civil War to the Celtic Tiger
/ IRST 314 A / HIST 398 E (3 credits)
Prof. Gavin Foster / Monday, Wednesday 10:15 – 11:30
This course examines political, social and cultural life in the post-revolution southern Irish state formed by the Anglo-Irish Treaty (1921) and Irish Civil War. Key themes include state formation and post-civil war politics; Fianna Fáil and “the republicanization” of society; church and state; Irish neutrality and Anglo-Irish relations; the political and social character of “De Valera’s Ireland”; post-war economic and social change; external relations and influences; the Republic’s responses to Northern Ireland and the post-1968 Troubles; globalization and the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger economy.
NOTE: Students who have received credit for this topic under a HIST or IRST 398 number may not take this course for credit.

Irish Children’s and Young Adult Literature
/ IRST 354 AA / ENGL 398 AA (3 credits)
Prof. Susan Cahill / Tuesday 18:00 – 20:15
This course examines the figure of the child and the teenager in Irish culture through an exploration of Irish children’s literature, texts written for adults such as Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy, and Irish films that focus on childhood. By focusing on a variety of genres, Irish childhood is explored from a range of perspectives such as the importance of the mythological and fantastic tradition on conceptions of the child and childhood, the significance of place and landscape, the gendering of Irish childhood, and the rise of young adult literature, as well as questions of sexuality, ethnicity, globalization, nostalgia, and national identity.

Irish Literary Revival / IRST 398 C / ENGL 357 A (3 credits)
Prof. Susan Cahill / Monday, Wednesday 14:45 – 16:00
This course will explore how Irish culture at the beginning of the twentieth century underwent a profound change, producing in W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, J. M. Synge some of the most influential writers of their time. The period was one of the most intense, creative and contentious in Irish cultural history, while its meanings and legacy are still the subject of intense debate. Meanwhile, James Joyce began to emerge as a modernist writer who did not believe in the aims of the revivalists. The importance of the Literary Revival is still hotly debated: What does it mean to ‘revive’ a literature and language? Was the Revival a deadening if elegant exercise in cultural nostalgia or, as some scholars now argue, a unique and vital instance of colonial modernism? This course will explore such issues by examining some of the most important literary texts of the twentieth century.

Irish Film Studies
/ IRST 398 D / FMST 398 A (3 credits)
Prof. Emer O’Toole / Friday 13:15 – 17:15
This course takes an Irish filmic stereotype as its start and end point, while the weeks in-between delve into nuances of Irish history, politics, sexuality and culture. Through analysis of a set feature each week, we will explore how film consistently tackles the thornier dimensions of Irish life. The course examines the oeuvres of key Irish directors, including Neil Jordan, Pat Murphy and Jim Sheridan. Engaging with – among other themes – Ireland’s treatment of its Travelling Community, the Northern Irish ‘Troubles,’ and Dublin’s gangland culture, it offers students images of Ireland both picturesque and gritty, both mythologized and human.

Intercultural Ireland: Film, Theatre and TV / 
IRST 398 E / ANTH 398 E / SOCI 398 E / FMST 398 B / PERC 398 B
Prof. Emer O’Toole / Tuesday, Thursday 16:15 – 17:30
At the turn of the 21st Century, Ireland experienced an unprecedented economic boom. Prosperity attracted inward migration, and the island rapidly transformed from a homogenous to a multicultural nation. This course will examine the Theatre, Film and TV that arose from this unique and fascinating socio-political situation. We’ll engage theoretically with discourses of race, nation, multiculturalism, postcolonialism and globalization. We’ll analyse – amongst other case studies – the race politics of John Michael McDonagh’s action comedy The Guard; representations of Ireland’s Travelling Community in the Reality TV Series My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding; and the provocative work of Arambe, Ireland’s first African theatre company.

Politics of Northern Ireland
/ IRST 398 F / POLI 313 B (3 credits)
Prof. James Kelly / Monday, Wednesday 13:15 – 14:30
As a divided society organized along an ethno-religious cleavage, this course considers the governance and political institutions of Northern Ireland through three distinct state structures: the Stormont Parliament and majoritariansim, 1921-72; Westminster and direct rule, 1972-1998; and the Northern Ireland Assembly and power sharing, 1998-present.  Focusing principally on the political and governmental institutions of Northern Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement enacted as the Northern Ireland Act 1998, this course considers the Unionist/Nationalist cleavage and how the institutional and societal structures of Northern Ireland have attempted to reflect and accommodate this pivotal societal division.

History and Memory in Ireland
/ IRST 498 A / HIST 498 D / HIST 670 D (3 credits)
Prof. Gavin Foster / Tuesday 13:15 – 16:00
This seminar explores the complex and politically-charged relationship between history and memory in modern Ireland in the contexts of politics, popular culture, commemoration practices, and scholarship. Drawing on the insights offered by the interdisciplinary field of memory studies, it explores the interactions between past and present and memory and forgetting by tracing the ways key historical events have been historicized, revised, commemorated, and otherwise remembered (and silenced) over time by nationalists, unionists, ‘exiles’, and other ‘communities of memory’ in Ireland and among the Irish Diaspora. Possible memory case studies include the 1641 Rebellion; the Williamite War; the 1798 Rising; the Great Famine; the First World War and the events of the Irish Revolution; the Northern Irish ‘Troubles”; and Church-State institutional abuse in independent Ireland.

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