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School of History

HST6382 – The Troubles in Northern Ireland

Module code: HST6382

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 1

Module Convenor: Dr Martyn Frampton

The outbreak of violence in Northern Ireland in 1968-9 marked the start of over three decades of conflict. During that time, some three and a half thousand people lost their lives, thousands more were injured and the fabric of society was irrevocably altered.  This module will explore in depth, the phenomenon that has become known euphemistically as 'the Troubles'. It will examine the motivations and mental frameworks of the respective protagonists in the conflict - Irish Republicans, Loyalists, Moderate Nationalists and Unionists and the British and Irish governments. Attention will be paid to the internal culture of the paramilitary organisations that so dis-figured Northern Ireland in this period, as well as to the impact these groups had on society. Amongst the key questions to be explored are those of, ‘why did the Troubles begin?', ‘why were they sustained?’ ‘Why did they end?’ and ‘What did they mean?’ The  aim is to provide students with a thoroughgoing understanding of why it was that this corner of the United Kingdom was plagued by over thirty years of political violence and the effect this had on those living there. In allocating the limited number of places on this module, preference will be given to students who put HST6738 Making Thatcher's Britain or HST6741 The War on Terror as their first choice Special Subject and did not secure a place on those modules.

Assessment: Source Analysis (1,000 words) [25%], Take Home Exam (3,000 words) [75%]
Level: 6