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Current course offerings

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Courses offered in Winter 2022 

The Irish in Canada / IRST 210 A / HIST 212 A (3 credits)
Prof. Jane McGaughey / Monday, Wednesday 14:45-16:00
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.

What’s that Tune? A Music Appreciation Course in Irish Traditional Music / IRST 298 A (3 credits)
Prof. Kate Bevan-Baker / Tuesday, Thursday 14:45-16:00
Irish traditional music is a defining feature of Irish culture and is appreciated by audiences across the globe. This music appreciation course is dedicated to understanding Irish traditional music performance and performance practices. Throughout the course, students will develop music appreciation skills by examining the repertoire, instruments, playing techniques, and performance practices of this complex genre, which is both ancient and contemporary. Interactive learning and teaching will be emphasized through in-class demonstrations and guest performances. Students will acquire an understanding of Irish traditional repertoire by identifying various tune types and by comparing different versions of the same tune/song. Three critical domains of Irish traditional music will be explored—ethnomusicological, spatial and compositional. The course will emphasize academic and performance aspects of Irish traditional music by critiquing performance contexts and cross-fertilization among performers, teachers, composers, and listeners. Moving beyond the music itself, the course will also explore perspectives such as revival, innovation, and globalization in Irish traditional music, song and dance. No prior knowledge of music is necessary to take this course.

Research Methods in Irish Studies / IRST 300 A (3 credits)
Prof. Gavin Foster / Wednesday 11:45-14:30
Intended for students who have completed some previous coursework in Irish Studies, this small seminar-style course will sharpen your understanding of Irish Studies as a cutting-edge interdisciplinary field that addresses a host of compelling questions about Irish history, culture, identity, memory, and politics, to name a few. Additionally, this course is designed to provide students with critical tools and skills necessary for cross-disciplinary research, analysis, synthesis and forms of presentation – written, oral, and visual – that can be of enormous benefit beyond Irish Studies. Course approaches and activities will include: readings and discussions around some of the key debates that have shaped Irish Studies; guest presentations by Irish Studies faculty that highlight the methods of research and analysis used in their own areas of study; research activities and projects that combine reading and research across two or more disciplines; and training in the rudiments of scholarly research – from effective library research and field work, to research project development, to essay writing or other research outcomes.

The Global Irish / IRST 303 AA / HIST 398 CC (3 credits)
Prof. Jane McGaughey / Tuesday 17:45-20:15
This interdisciplinary course examines the Irish experience of emigration, exile, resettlement, and diaspora, emphasizing the Great Famine and its legacy in shaping Irish communities in Canada and elsewhere. It highlights debates about the impact of the Famine, the significance of Grosse Île in Irish and Irish Canadian cultural memory, the relationship between Irish emigration and nationalism, immigrant women and how Irish communities adopted a self image of exile.

The Great Irish Famine / IRST 312 A / HIST 330 A (3 credits)
Prof. Gavin Foster / Thursday 11:45-14:30
This course examines the social, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of the Great Irish Famine. Beginning with a thorough examination of society and politics in the pre-Famine period, the course explores the causes and course of the 1845-50 Famine, with emphasis on social conditions, mass mortality, emigration, and British government responses to conditions in Ireland. The outcomes and long-term consequences of the Famine for Irish society, politics, Anglo-Irish relations, and the Irish Diaspora are also explored. Some attention is also given to historiographical debates and Famine memory.
NOTE: Students who have received credit for HIST 330 or for this topic under a HIST or IRST 398 number may not take this course for credit.

Ireland in the Atlantic World / IRST 398 E / HIST 398 C
Prof. Ted McCormick / Tuesday, Thursday 10:15-11:30
Modern Irish historiography has often focused on ideas about the Irish nation and on the formation of the modern Irish state, as well as on empire and diaspora in modern Irish experience. This course examines Ireland before the nineteenth century from a wider geographical perspective, setting it in the context of the early modern Atlantic world. Building on recent research that both compares and connects Irish and other histories, it pursues several themes: Ireland as a site of colonization and resistance from the later middle ages onward; Ireland as a model or "laboratory" for early modern imperial expansion elsewhere; Ireland as a part of larger Atlantic economic, political, and cultural systems and networks; and Irish people and groups as historical agents in Atlantic Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

Indigenous Language and National Literature in Ireland / IRST 398 F / ENGL 398 D
Prof. Máirtín Coilféir / Tuesday 11:45-14:30
This course examines the debates on languages, nationalities and cultural authenticity in Ireland from the nineteenth century to the present day. Taking as its focus the contact and conflict between the island’s indigenous language, Irish, and its lingua franca, English, students will explore the many ways in which language can reflect and shape art, politics, culture and identity. With an emphasis on the discourse of indigeneity in Ireland, students will consider in particular the roles of poetry, prose, journalism, oral literature, and the media in sustaining a modern language. By drawing on their own linguistic experiences, especially in the context of Montréal/Québec, students will be expected to augment course discussion on topics such as minoritised languages, bilingualism, government policy, indigenous culture, and the politicisation of speech.

Irish Materialities: critical perspectives on spaces, places, and things
 / IRST 398 H / DART 398 B / GEOG 398 A /ARTH 357 B
Prof. Molly-Claire Gillett / Tuesday, Thursday 16:15-17:30
This introductory interdisciplinary course will examine a series of Irish ‘things’ – objects or spaces including craftwork and other designs, geographical regions or elements of the built environment, for example urban spaces.  It will focus on one particular thing each week – for example, an illustrated manuscript; an uncompleted housing project or ‘ghost estate’ which became prevalent during the Irish recession of the late 2000s; a bog (wetland) as a cultural as well as natural ecosystem; and a piece of lace, tracked from its maker in rural Ireland to the body of Queen Victoria. Rather than using these spaces, places and things simply to illustrate the history of Ireland, this course will explore how they played (and play) an active role in framing and determining that narrative. Weaving together scholarship from materiality studies and cultural geography, craft studies, design theory, ecocriticism and more, it will consider each thing within its historical and cultural context, but also in the sense of its ‘vibrant materiality’ – its origin, materials, life cycle, and agency. These case studies will present an opportunity to look closely at issues such as vernacular architecture and sustainability, design as a political instrument, materiality and memory in the diaspora, and the use of material interventions into ‘Irishness’ to forge a more inclusive plurality of Irish identities. Students will be encouraged to draw on their own disciplinary backgrounds, both for in- class discussions and for their final assignment. The latter will focus on one Irish ‘thing’ of their choice and may be submitted either as an essay or as a research-creation work.

The Irish Troubles in Film & TV / IRST 398 I / FMST 398 E
Prof. Patrick Brodie / Friday 13:15-17:15
This course will introduce students to the complex film and media landscape around the Northern Ireland conflict. Rather than using media representations to “tell the story” of the conflict, the course will invite students to understand how the conflict and the media interacted in more dynamic ways. Many argue that it was the international news media coverage of the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry, where 14 civil rights protestors were killed by the British military at a peaceful protest, that put global eyes on the country and initiated what would be a long and extensively covered peace process. The conflict thus became a global event, although the experience of the conflict was often far from eventful – people lived their lives, albeit under the fearful and restrictive parameters of an ongoing, normalized conflict. This course will analyze the contrasts and textures of the conflict by showing and discussing diverse film and media texts, including looking at how news media and documentaries have presented the many sides of the struggle, analyzing Hollywood representations of nationalist and loyalist communities during the conflict, learning the role of political solidarity through film and media, interrogating the conflict through artists’ and experimental films, and finally questioning the recent increased media focus on the Northern Ireland conflict (and its aftermath) due to its implications for Brexit.

Irish Songs of Exile in North America / IRST 498 A
Prof. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin / Monday 11:45-14:30
Department permission required. This course examines the role of music and music makers as carriers of Irish cultural memory in North America since the early nineteenth century. An advanced interdisciplinary seminar, it will draw on new theoretical and methodological currents in memory studies, historical anthropology, space-place, and soundscape studies. It will focus on the eclectic lifeworlds of musicians, singers, dancers, and collectors who facilitated the dispersal of Irish soundscapes from Newfoundland to California, and the interlocking ethnoscapes, technoscapes, mediascapes, ideoscapes and financescapes that framed them. 


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