High school students will challenge themselves academically,
build a college resume and explore the rich culture of Dublin.


History 195 — Modern Ireland 1607-Present
In Dublin, Ireland
With Professor Kevin Thornton and Laura Mina, Program Assistant

Syllabus: The University of Vermont History 195
Modern Ireland, 1607- Present
Travel Course

Required Texts:

Joseph Coohill, Ireland: a Short History.
Frank O’Connor, Collected Stories
Brendan Behan, Borstal Boy
Seamus Deane, Reading in the Dark
Seamus Heaney, Field Work


Lecture 1: Ireland Before 1500
Lecture 2: The Tudor-Stuart Conquest

Reading: Coohill, Ireland: A Short History, Introduction and Chapter 1

Lecture 3: 17th Century Ireland
Lecture 4: The Protestant Ascendancy / The Rebellion of 1798

Reading: Coohill, Chapter 2; Frank O’Connor, Collected Stories, “My First Protestant”

Lecture 5: Catholic Emancipation and the Repeal Movement
Lecture 6: The Famine

Reading: Coohill, Chapter 3; O’Connor, “The Old Faith,” “Peasants” and “The Teacher’s Mass”

Lecture 7: The Irish Diaspora/19th Century Irish Nationalism
Lecture 8: The Land War / Home Rule

Reading: Coohill, Chapters 4 and 5; O’Connor, “Ghosts”

Lecture 9: Rebellion
Lecture 10: The Irish Civil War

Reading: Coohill, Chapters 6 and 7; O’Connor, “Guests of the Nation” and “The Martyr”; Liam O’Flaherty, “The Sniper”

Lecture 11: The Republic Becomes Independent

Reading: Coohill, Chapter 8; Brendan Behan, Borstal Boy

Lecture 12: The Troubles

Reading: Coohill, Chapter 9; Seamus Deane Reading in the Dark; Seamus Heaney, Field Work

Assignments & Grading:

Discussion, 33%, Readings paper, 33%, Final Paper, 33%. Each student will help lead a discussion on a day for which s/he has prepared a readings paper.

Work Expectations: