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Please note that there may be changes to this information up to the end of April. Syllabus information on modules available from maura.ocroinin@nuigalway.ie. 

We would like to welcome you to History at NUI Galway.  We are pleased to have visiting students doing History modules.  We hope you have a wonderful experience here in Galway.  Please attend the introductory session with the History Department (details are in the Visiting Student Handbook), where you can ask questions and pick up timetables and information sheets.


It might help to know how the B.A. is structured for Irish students. The undergraduate B.A. in NUI Galway is a three-year degree in which students take two subjects of equal weight. Each year of the B.A. degree course for each subject consists of 30 ECTS of study. ECTS is a European measurement of work required for a 3rd-level module throughout the European union.  Typically, a lecture module in an undergraduate course is 5 ECTS. There are some modules that are 10 ECTS. These 10 ECTS modules are small groups and students are expected to put more work and more individual research into them. 

As a visiting student, you do not have to fulfil the requirements of our own students.  You are free to choose from all 2nd year and Final year History modules, with number restrictions in two cases. Read on!

In History there are three types of modules that you might be interested in:


Lecture modules are 5 ECTS modules.  There is no cap on the size of the class, so these modules are often big group modules.  Lecture modules consist of 2 lectures of 1-hour duration per week plus between 5 and 6  1-hour tutorials per term.  For visiting students they are normally assessed by mid-term essay (33%) and a final extended essay of 2500-3000 words (67%).  Lecturers may vary the type of mid-term assessment.  Assessment details are given out by lecturers at the beginning of the term.


Colloquium modules are 2nd-year small group teaching modules of 10 ECTS. These modules have a limited number of students.  Colloquia require reading, presentation, oral participation and regular attendance. Students are expected to work independently and be motivated. Visiting Students are welcome to take a colloquium, provided they understand the workload, obtain the permission of the colloquium convenor, and that there is space for the student in the colloquium.  Three spaces are set aside for visiting students in each colloquium.  Assessment for colloquia is based on coursework (35%), oral presentation (15%), class participation (10%) and a final essay (40%) of 3,000 to 4,000 words on a topic chosen in conjunction with the lecturer.


Seminar modules are Final-Year small group teaching modules of 10 ECTS.  These modules have a limited number of students. Most seminar modules focus on a discrete body of primary source material, introducing the students to the use of documentary evidence. Seminars require students to participate in class discussions every week and give one class presentation during the semester. Students also must submit a final essay of 5,000 to 7,000 words including footnotes.  It should resemble an academic paper/article with proper referencing and be based on a mixture of printed primary and secondary sources, with a preference for the former.  Three spaces are set aside for visiting students in each seminar. Assessment for seminars is based on Oral Presentation (20%), Class Participation (10%), Coursework (10%) and Final Essay (60%).


You do not need to get approval from the History Department to attend lecture modules (5 ECTS modules).  Just go along to the first lecture of the module.  You will be registering for your modules with Academic Records and will have an opportunity for change of mind as well.  Sometimes students will use the first week of lectures to try out a number of modules before they make their final choice.  However, in History, this 'trial period' is limited to LECTURE MODULES (5 ECTS).

Visiting students who are interested in taking a particular COLLOQUIUM or a SEMINAR should:

  • Speak to the module convener (lecturer) about the colloquium or seminar beforehand to ascertain whether the module will suit you and whether there are any areas of concern. 
  • If the convener will allow you to take the module, bring confirmation (an e-mail or signed note) from the convenor to Helena Condon (Room 405, Tower 1). She will complete your registration for this module.


Module below were on offer in 2016-17.  They do not reflect what will be on offer in 2017-18.  To see what will be on offer in 2017-18 please see Modules on Offer to Visiting Students 2017-18.


 Updated Dec 8, 2016
2nd Year History Module Descriptions 16-17 
Final-Year Module Descriptions  UPdated Dec 8, 2016

Semester 1

Lecture Modules (5 ects)
  • Second Year
    • HI211.e: Early Medieval Ireland c. 5th - 8th century
    • HI2114: Making Ireland English, 1580-1665
    • HI267.e: Reformation Europe
    • HI2116.e: Religion and Irish Life in Twentieth-century Ireland
    • HI292.e: Central Europe, 12867-1918
    • HI2124: Life and Death in Victorian Britain
  • Final Year
    • HI337.e: Nazi Germany
    • HI3100.e: Brave New World: Globalisation since 1945
    • HI358.e: The Tudor Conquest of Ireland
Colloquia and Seminars (10 ECTS)
  • Colloquia (2nd Year)
    • HI2121: Studies in Modern History I: African-American Civil Rights Movements, 1954-1968
    • HI295: The American Civil War: Causes and Consequences
    • HI166: Ireland in t he 1950s
    • PLEASE NOTE: HI465: European Encounters with the Mongols is not running in 2016/17.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.
    • HI2117: Studies in Early Modern History.I: Social & Cultural Change in 17th century Ireland
  • Seminars (Final Year)
    • HI3115: Poverty, Crime and Institutions, Europe 1780-1914
    • HI3103: Before the Book of Kells: Manuscript and Scribes
    • HI570: Technology and Society, 1450-1930
    • HI439: Vichy France
    • HI444: Civil War and Society in France, 1572-1598
    • HI443: State and People in Ireland, 1820-45
    • HI3114: De-colonisation and its consequences, Africa, 1957-80
    • HI484: Slavery and Emancipation in the American South
    • HI167: Power & Conflict in Northern Irleand, 1963-1972

Semester 2

Lecture Modules (5 ECTS)

  • Second Year
    • HI262.e: Medieval Europe, c. 1050-1250
    • HI249: Ireland: Economy & Society, 1700-1850
    • HI459.e: The Tudors: Religion, State & Society
    • HI2102.e: The Modern United States, 1865-2008
    • HI170.e: Europe, 1918-1989
    • HI2100.e: Ireland in a Global Context, 1922-2002
  • Final Year
    • HI365.e: Native Northe Americans: From Pre-History to Present
    • HI362.e: Party & Power in 19th Century British History

Colloquia and Seminars (10 ECTS)

  • Colloquia (2nd Year)
    • HI494: British Social Movements from 1945-1990
    • HI2103: Monarchy and Society in Early 17th-century France
    • HI2101: The 'Global Irish': Irish Identity, 1968-1998
    • HI2113: The Making and Breaking of Britain in the Twentieth Century
  • Seminars (Final Year)
    • HI3110: European Warfare 1618-1814: Theory and Practice
    • HI571: Law and Society in Early Medieval Ireland
    • HI3102: The Irish in Colonial Australasia
    • HI487: Approaches to Women's History, 1780-1939
    • HI3123: Power and Pleasure at Versailles: The Reign of Louis XIV (1661-1715)
    • HI3121: The Famine in Ireland, 1845-50
    • HI3112: The First World War: Transnational Perspectives
    • HI569: Aristocratic Women in Medieval Society - CANCELLED
    • HI168: Coming to Terms with the Nazi Past
    • HI574.II: Researching, Presenting and Writing HistoryII: Gloria Romanorum: Ruler and administration in the Late Roman Empire, AD200-500 - NOTE TOPIC CHANGE
    • HI3119: The Reign of Henry VIII - UNDER NEW MODULE NUMBER


For visiting students, all History modules are continuous assessment, which usually consists of a mid-term essay and a final essay.  However, lecturers have the discretion to vary this general method of assessment.  Lecturers will inform you of their marking scheme at the beginning of term. Note that Seminars & Colloquia have a different marking scheme and different weighting to the Lecture modules (see above.) 

There is no "AUDIT" type registration in NUI Galway.  If you register for a module, we have to return a mark for you.  If you do not want to be assessed for a module (you just want to sit in and don't intend to use it in fulfilment of your year abroad obligations), just ask the lecturer for permission.  This is no problem for a Lecture module.  Permission would not normally be granted for a Seminar or Colloquium.


Information on the Academic Calendar and Exam start times are available here.


We are always happy to help students in any way that we can.  Feel free to speak to someone about any questions or problems that you may have.  Below are pertinent contacts.

Dr Kevin O' Sullivan,   Academic Liaison for  Continental Students
Rm 413, Tower 1, Floor 2, Arts Science Building
091-493625 (external), 3625 (internal)

Dr Kimberly LoPrete,  Academic Liaison for North American Students (on sick-leave in Semester 1.  Contact Maura Walsh for help.)
Rm 407, Tower 1, Floor 2, Arts Science Building
091-493547 (external), 3547 (internal)

Maura Walsh, Part-time Administrative Liaison with responsibility for Student Records and Visiting Students information
Rm 404, Tower 1, Floor 2, Arts Science Building (9 am to 1 pm, Monday to Friday)
091-493675 (external), 3675 (internal)

Helena Condon, Administrative Assistant
Rm 405, Tower 1, Floor 2, Arts Science Building
091-492537 (external), 2537 (internal)


We are happy to help students with queries in their native languages, if English is proving a difficulty.  The following staff can be of help:

Dr Enrico Dal Lago and Dr Niall Ó Ciosáin

Dr Kimberly LoPrete, Dr Gearóid Barry and Dr Alison Forrestal

Prof. Dáibhí Ó Cróinin and Dr Róisín Healy

Dr Mary Harris