Short Title:Contrmp Representation of Irl
Full Title:Contrmp Representation of Irl
Module Code:CRIR H4001
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Field of Study:Political Science and civics
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:DAVID IRWIN
Module Description:This module aims to further advance the study of contemporary Irish culture through the examination of a range of texts and their political, economic and historic contexts.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Understand the nature of representation, ideology and signifying practices
LO2 Evaluate the factors which have contributed to representations of Ireland and the Irish in various media
LO3 Discuss the shifts and changes occurring in cultural representations of Ireland both in the historical and contemporary global contexts
LO4 Assess the extent to which novelistic representations are capable of supplying valuable insights into the evolution of 20th-century Irish society.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Cultural Representation
Issues of representation and ideology; Cultural representation and ‘the imagined community’; Cultural representation and our relationship with the past; issues of politics, conflict, history, globalisation, gender and sexuality; contemporary modes of representation, technological constraints, structure, form and cultural context; Popular images of Ireland and the Irish in 20th century film, literature, photography and mass media; recurring themes and motifs and the role of genre; current preoccupations and representations of political economic and cultural concerns.
Tourism and Heritage
Representing the past: museums, theme/folk parks, tourist images. Reflections on the ‘authentic’, the ‘real’ and the ‘hyperreal’; critical evaluation of tourist images and centres.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Students are required to complete an essay of approximately 2000 words. The purpose of the essay should be to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the various theories, texts and ideas discussed and apply these in in the context of their own research. Students should be given a choice of essays and work should be presented using appropriate academic referencing and bibliographic conventions.   30.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination   70.00 End-of-Semester

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

This module has no Full Time workload.
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Pettit, L. 2000, Screening Ireland: Film and Television Representation, Manchester Univ Press
  • McLoone, M. 2000, Irish Film: The Emergence of a Contemporary Cinema, BFI
  • Urry, J. 1990, The Tourist Gaze: Leisure and Travel in Contemporary Societies, Sage London
  • Lowenthal, D. 1985, The Past is a Foreign Country, Cambridge Uni Press
  • O’Connor, B., and Cronin, M. 1993, Tourism in Ireland: A Critical Analysis, Cork Uni Press
  • McGonagle,D., et al 1999, Irish Art Now: From the Poetic to the Political, Merell Holberton London
  • Bolger, D 2003, The Journey Home, Flamingo
  • Moore, B, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Screening: Poitin (B. Quinn, 1978)
  • Screening: Our Boys (C Black, 1981)
  • Screening: After 68(S Burke, 1993)
  • Screening: Guiltrip (G Stembridge, 1995)
  • Screening: Bloody Sunday (P Greengrass, 2002)
  • Screening: Omagh (P Travis, 2004)

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HEURS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in European Studies 8 Elective