The Blackrock College History Department
Our aim in Blackrock History Department is
- To help create reflective young adults through our exploration of History.
- To develop our students’ appreciation of their historical inheritance and knowledge of the past.
- That our students develop a historical perspective on the world they inhabit.
- To develop in our students key transferable skills such as, analytical reading, note-making, analysis, essay writing, examining and using evidence, research etc.
- To promote these skills with an emphasis on self-directed learning.
- To provide an experience that will stimulate the student and develop a life-long interest in History.
|Why should you study History?|
- If you don’t know where you have come from, then how will you know where you are going?
- It may surprise you to learn that more leaders in the ‘real world’ of business and industry studied History than any other subject, outperforming law, science and engineering.
- When asked how History aided their careers these graduates noted that the key skills of history, reading, argument, evaluating data and communication, played an important role in their careers.
- There is another reason to study History: It is fun!
Junior Certificate History
The syllabus is divided into three sections
Section I How We find out about the Past
- Our roots in Ancient Civilisation
- Castle, Church and City
Section II Studies of Change
- Plantation in Ireland
- Revolutionary Movements
- From Farm to Factory
Section III Understanding the Modern World
- Political Developments in Ireland in the late 19th Century and the 20th Century
- Social Change in the 20th Century
- International Relations in the 20th Century
Transition Year History
The Work of the Historian
A study of local history, incorporating the College Heritage Trail.
The 1911 Census & Family Tree
Europe: An Introduction to Europe in the early 20th Century (1900 – 1920) (Focus: World War I)
The Course of World War II & the Holocaust
Ireland: The 1913 Lockout; The 1916 Rising; Reeling in the Years: Choose a decade, from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s or 1990s, using the popular RTE production.
Suggested themes include: The Killing Fields; The changing face of Africa; The Vietnam War.
Leaving Certificate History
In Blackrock we study the Later Modern Field of Study, 1815 – 1993.
In accordance with DES guidelines we study:
- Two topics from the History of Europe & the Wider World
- Nationalism and state formation in Europe, 1815-1871
- Nation states and international tensions, 1871-1920
- Dictatorship and democracy, 1920-1945
- Division and realignment in Europe, 1945-1992
- European retreat from empire and the aftermath, 1945-1990
- The United States and the world, 1945-1989
- Two topics from Irish History.
- Ireland and the Union, 1815-1870
- Movements for political and social reform, 1870-1914
- The pursuit of sovereignty and the impact of partition, 1912-1949
- The Irish Diaspora, 1840-1966
- Politics and society in Northern Ireland, 1949-1993
- Government, economy and society in the Republic of Ireland, 1949-1989
Each student must also submit a Research Study Report. He has the opportunity to gain up to 20% of the overall mark before sitting the written exam.