Ucd History Essay Cover Sheet

 Core Module

History students are required to take this module

HIS10390 Creating History

Module Coordinator: Professor Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin (tadhg.ohannrachain@ucd.ie)

This is a module about the importance of critical thinking to the study and the writing of history. It will examine the relationship between what happened (or what might have happened) in the past and how we think about it now. We will attempt to look behind the scenes of the history books, articles, documents, films and other sources that you will encounter during the course of your studies and ask how history is written and debated. Also, we will ask what history is, what an historian is and what exactly do they do?

Optional Modules

HIS10070: The Making of Modern Europe, 1500-2000

Module Coordinator: Professor Sandy Wilkinson (sandy.wilkinson@ucd.ie)

This course offers a sweeping introduction to some of the momentous changes which have taken place in Europe over the past five hundred years. It explores some of the major landmarks in Europe's social, political, and economic development: the development of European Empires, religious change, witchcraft, the industrial revolution, democratic change, war in the modern world, the Cold War and socio-cultural change since 1945. There will be one lecture every week which will introduce students to these themes, but the heart of the course lies in the seminars. Here, students will be encouraged to challenge interpretations of the past, to debate ideas and to draw on primary evidence.


HIS10080: Rome to Renaissance

Module Coordinator: Dr Roy Flechner (michael.staunton@ucd.ie)

This course provides an introduction to European history during the middle ages, from the fall of Rome in the fifth century to the Renaissance of the later fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The middle ages, once dismissed as a time of stagnation and superstition, is now regarded as an exciting period of ferment, innovation and creativity. The social, political and cultural foundations of modern Europe were established in the middle ages, and the modern era cannot be understood without an awareness of this formative millennium. But equally, the study of the middle ages often means encountering the strange and unfamiliar, and this too is an essential part of being a historian. This course will study the period by focusing on a range of significant events which illustrate some of the most important developments of the period. These include the sack of Rome by barbarians, the influence of the Irish on the conversion of Europe to Christianity, the trial of Joan of Arc, and Columbus's 'discovery' of America. By the end of the semester not only will you have a grounding in medieval history, society and civilisation, but you will have experience of dealing directly with historical evidence, and evaluating and interpreting it in order to reach conclusions about events and people from the past.


HIS10310: Ireland's English Centuries

Module Coordinator: Dr Ivar McGrath (ivar.mcgrath@ucd.ie)

In 1460 Ireland was a patchwork of lordships including an English Pale, by 1800 the country was poised to enter a United Kingdom with England and Scotland. In 1460, all Irish people shared the common religion of Western Europe, by 1800 three groups – Catholics, Protestants and Dissenters dominated. In 1460, only a tiny number did not speak Irish, by 1800 English was spoken by well over half the population. During these 340 years Ireland experienced massive transfers of land-holding, invasions, bitter civil war and a huge expansion of population. This module explains the complex blend of identities, allegiances and social changes that shaped the past and continue to shape the Irish present.


HIS10320: From Union to Bailout

Module coordinator: Dr Susannah Riordan (susannah.riordan@ucd.ie)

This course takes students through two centuries of modern Irish history, examining key events, themes and milestones from the Act of Union between Britain and Ireland in 1800 to the collapse of the Irish economy in the early twenty-first century. It covers political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of Irish history during tumultuous times, the experience of Anglo-Irish relations, Catholic emancipation, famine, the evolution of Irish nationalism and unionism, the land war, the revolutionary upheavals of the early twentieth century, the impact of partition, the quest for sovereignty in the Free State, the experience of life in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and continuity and change in the latter part of the twentieth century.


We understand that most students will be studying in at least two Schools, who may have very different and sometimes contradictory expectations in relation to essay submission and essay styles.   It is important, then, that you familiarise yourself with the School of History's house style.  Information on how to compile your footnotes and your bibliography can be found by consulting the following the History Referencing Style Guide

You will usually be asked to submit two copies of your essay - hard paper copy and an electronic copy. For the paper copy you must download the History Essay Cover Sheet and attach it to your essay when it is submitted. Fill in all the required information, including the name of your tutor or module coordinator (as appropriate).  If you are unsure check the list of academic staff and of non-staff tutors. This makes the grading process faster and avoids essays getting misplaced. The electronic copy should be submitted via Blackboard. If you run into any problems with online submission, contact IT Services. 

It is important that you familiarize yourselves with the procedures of submission of coursework, and the penalties which are imposed for late submission.  The School follows UCD policies in this regard.


Library Support for Student Learning

There is a great deal of very helpful information on the UCD Library site that you should familiarise yourself, including guides to citation, information skills and the specialist electronic databases which are very useful for study and research. The UCD library has put together a range of videos that offer brief tutorials on accessing both electronic and hard copy versions of academic books and journals which you can access here.



Plagiarism is the unacknowledged copying of material or ideas from someone or somewhere else. On your tutorial registration card you will be required to sign your name under the following declaration: 'I undertake that the writing-up of all assignments will be my own unaided work and that where I quote or refer to the opinions of writings of others, these will be fully and clearly acknowledged'; a similar declaration must be made on each history essay cover sheet that you attach to your assignments. Essays that show evidence of plagiarism will not be accepted and will be returned unmarked.


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