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PPR.329: The History and Politics of Northern Ireland
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the historical development and recent political history of Northern Ireland. The module will offer students the opportunity to learn about the way in which history and politics have been connected in the region, why Northern Ireland was created and why political power was devolved from Westminster in 1921. The module also aims to provide the opportunity for students to learn how the political system functioned and failed to function from 1921 onwards and how this period led to the emergence of violent political conflict in the 1960s. The course will cover the political conflict from 1969 and formation of paramilitary groups as well as British policy in the region and eventual emergence of a peace process during the 1990s.
This is a 10 week module which is taught in Michaelmas term only. The course is taught in a workshop format with a 2 hour session every week. The syllabus is structured in a way that introduces students to the historical background to the creation of Northern Ireland and the emergence of the unionist and nationalist communities. It then looks at the political breakdown and emergence of violence in the 1960s and British security policies. Finally, the course looks at the emergence of the 'peace process' and the terms of political settlement in the region from the 1990s to the present day.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
40% coursework and 60% exam.
1 workshop (2 hours) weekly.
Arthur P Government and Politics of Northern Ireland
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