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Local History - Certificate

Course Details

Available: Part- Time

Duration: 1 year

Award: Certificate

Qualification: NFQ Level 6

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Dr David Fleming
Email:
david.fleming@ul.ie

Brief Description

Interest in local history has never been greater. This course has been designed in the University of Limerick as a practical support for such activity. It is for one-year and is a part-time evening course at certificate level. The programme is designed to provide a supportive and stimulating context for reading and research in local history. It offers a qualification to individuals who are already active in the area, an opportunity to those who are interested in historical research for their own personal development and a possible path to further study.

Introduction

Interest in local history has never been greater. The activities of numerous local history societies and groups, and private individuals working on their own or with others, all bear testimony to the continuing excitement that derives from researching and understanding the past in a particular locality. This course has been designed in the University of Limerick as a practical support for such activity. It is for one-year and is a part-time evening course at certificate level. The programme is designed to provide a supportive and stimulating context for reading and research in local history. It offers a qualification to individuals who are already active in the area, an opportunity to those who are interested in historical research for their own personal development and a possible path to further study.

Objectives

On completing the course a participant will have acquired the ability to:

  • Examine a range of key issues in the history of localities
  • Develop a perspective on how local history might be written
  • Identify, locate, assess and interpret primary and secondary sources
  • Develop the skills to conduct local history research
  • Present the results of research in an appropriate way A sympathetic academic environment will be provided by the course lecturers who will offer guidance and advice in appropriate research and study skills.

Programme of Study

The course will be delivered through lectures and discussion on one evening a week in each of twelve consecutive weeks of the Autumn and Spring semesters.

Autumn Semester Spring Semester
  • Introduction to local history: approaches, definitions and presentation
  • Introduction to documentary primary and secondary sources
  • Non-documentary sources for local history
  • History research seminar

 

Assessment

A central goal of the course is to promote the academic autonomy of each student. Each student will be required to complete a project based on research into primary source material relevant to an understanding of a particular topic in local history. The completed project will be 3,000 words in length. The project will commence in the spring semester and be completed by 1 June.

Applicants are invited from anybody who will be 23 years of age or over on the 1st

January of the year of registration. Each candidate is considered on an individual

basis whose academic qualifications, work experience, motivation and overall

potential for the programme are evaluated.

EU: €620

Non-EU: €1730