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History provides insights into human behaviour and of how our modern world has evolved


The History Department

The study of history encourages us to deepen our historical perspective and knowledge of the past. It provides insights into human behaviour and of how our modern world has evolved. History also helps us to develop skills such as analytical thinking and reading, research and essay writing; all transferable skills which are valued by employers.

History is taught to Junior and Leaving Certificates in Chríost Rí as well as in Transition Year.

Junior Certificate History

The syllabus is divided into three sections

Section 1  How we find out about the Past 
  • Introduction

  • Our roots in Ancient Civilisation

  • Castle, Church and City

  • Renaissance

Section 2  Studies of Change
  • Exploration

  • Reformation

  • Plantation in Ireland

  • Revolutionary Movements

  • From Farm to Factory

Section 3  Understanding the Modern World
  • Political Developments in Ireland in the late 19thCentury and the 20thCentury

  • Social Change in the 20thCentury

  • International Relations in the 20thCentury

Transition Year History

There will be two aspects to the History Module

  • An introduction to the Leaving Certificate History

  • A study of a topic that is not on the Leaving Certificate Course


Leaving Certificate History

We study the Later Modern Field of Study, 1815 – 1993 which requires:

  • Two topics from the History of Europe & the Wider World

  • Nationalism and state formation in Europe, 1815-1871

  • Nation states and international tensions, 1871-1920

  • Dictatorship and democracy, 1920-1945

  • Division and realignment in Europe, 1945-1992

  • European retreat from empire and the aftermath, 1945-1990

  • The United States and the world, 1945-1989

  • Two topics from Irish History.

  • Ireland and the Union, 1815-1870

  • Movements for political and social reform, 1870-1914

  • The pursuit of sovereignty and the impact of partition, 1912-1949

  • The Irish Diaspora, 1840-1966

  • Politics and society in Northern Ireland, 1949-1993

  • Government, economy and society in the Republic of Ireland, 1949-1989

Each student must also submit a Research Study Repot worthup to 20% of the overall mark before sitting the written exam.


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