George K Behlmer
Political and social history from 1800 to the present; the Irish Question after the Act of Union; development of Irish nationalism in the Home Rule and Sinn Fein periods; the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland since 1921; current problems in Northern Ireland.
More than 400 years before the Arab-Israeli conflict began, there was an "Irish Problem." This course will examine the tangled roots of conflict in Ireland--conflict that has pitted the Irish against the English and, at the same time, Irish people of one cultural tradition against Irish people of another. History 376 will emphasize the role of historical myth in shaping present political realities. The contours of the Irish past over the last three centuries will be treated, with special attention given to the origins of today's fragile truce between "Orange" and "Green" in Northern Ireland.
Student learning goals
#1. Most importantly, students will deepen their appreciation of the "presentness of the past" in modern Irish society and culture.
#2. Closely related to learning goal #1, students will hone their analytical skills--especially as regards the power of mythology to shape political loyalties in Northern Ireland.
General method of instruction
Lecture, interspersed with class discussions, films, and Irish "political music"
Class assignments and grading
This course will be "lecture/discussion" in format. Students will complete an elementary map exercise, write one short (5- to 6-page) analytical paper, and take an in-class final exam.
map quiz = 10% of course grade analytical paper = 30% of course grade final exam = 50% of course grade discussion/participation grade = 10% of course grade