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Subject summary

The course undertaken in Mount Sackville is Later Modern History. It involves reading an analysing textbooks, documents and documentaries on a variety of subjects from Irish, European and American history. You will also conduct your own research with the help of your teacher and our excellent librarian.

Why study ?

If you enjoyed Junior Cert history, particularly the later history you studied in third year, it's certainly worth considering taking it up for the Leaving Cert. It involves a lot of reading, summarising and memorising; in that sense it is similar to English. However, unlike English, the marking is more objective because ultimately the subject is fact, rather than opinion based and the written homework is far less onerous. It complements English very well, honing the same skills and providing knowledge that to add colour and content to your English essays. The Research Topic is a major reason to study the subject, you'll have plenty of support in working on it and it provides 20% of your grade and can be completed in fifth year, taking a lot of pressure from you in sixth year. The average marks for it nationwide are 85 out of 100 marks, in Mount Sackville it's usually closer to full marks and you'll have the benefit of having seen many of the research topics that past students have completed. Overall, grades achieved in Mount Sackville are consistently high and all of the senior history teachers are educated to Masters Degree level and I would suggest that that level of personal investment in the subject yields dividends for the student in the classroom.

Course Content

For students taking up the subject in 2020 and 2021 for examination in 2022 and 2023, the course is as follows: European History 1920-1945 Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler's dictatorships as well as British and French democracies are studied as well as the path and course of World War Two. Also studied is the impact of American cinema on European culture. USA and the World 1945-1989 Here students will analyse major Cold War events such as the war in Vietnam and the paranoia unleashed by the Red Terror. The African American Civil Rights movement in analysed as well as the Moon Landing, the booming economy and cultural contribution of people like Marilyn Monroe Ireland 1912-1949 The Irish struggle for freedom, the partition of the country and the building up new states on either side of the border are looked at in this topic. Northern Ireland 1949-1994 Students read and analyse documents pertaining to three subjects: The Apprentice Boys of Derry, the Coleraine University Controversy and the Sunningdale Agreement The Research Topic: An essay investigating a topic of your choice

Exam Structure

The History exam will last 2 hours 50 minutes and pupils will answer the documents-based study and three essays (one from each topic studied). Ordinary level students follow an identical course, with a different emphasis in the way questions are asked on exam papers. Assessment consists of two components: A written examination paper (80%) and A research study report (20%) submitted around Easter before the June exam. The marks are to be weighted as follows: Authentication procedures The report must be the candidate’s own work. Authentication procedures will be put in place to ensure compliance with this requirement. These will include a protocol in relation to the use of internet-sourced material. The terminal examination Mark allocation The percentage of the total marks to be allocated to this component will be 80%. The Higher Level Paper Candidates will answer four questions, one on each of the four topics studied. All four questions will be of equal value. One of the questions will be documents-based. With the exception of topics nominated for the documents-based study, a specified number of questions will be asked on each of the topics. In the case of each topic, at least two of the three perspectives will be examined each year. The Ordinary Level Paper Candidates will answer four questions, one on each of the four topics studied. All four questions will be of equal value. Three of the questions will be general questions, while one will be documents-based. One question will be set on each topic. An element of choice will be "built in" to each of the general questions. A common format will apply to each of the general questions and each will be stimulus-driven. The stimulus is intended to facilitate candidate recognition of the topic and as a reasonably gentle lead-in to more testing examination of knowledge and understanding. The common format will include stimulus-driven questions (testing comprehension and/or identification) and paragraphs or short essays linked to the key personalities and case studies.

Career Possibilities

History is not a required subject for any degree course. It is, however, an excellent subject to pursue to acquire points for various courses, particularly for any student who enjoys reading and the subject itself. History develops skills that are vital for the workplace. It fosters critical thinking and the interrogation of evidence. It involves sifting through information to identify truth and present arguments. Every time you hear your parents or any adult, mention that they were in a meeting in work where they had to present a case, or read a report, or make a decision, they were utilising skills that you will have an opportunity to hone in your study of history. The same skills you practise in history will play a vital role in your studies of English literature. Far from adding to your workload, a knowledge of history will enhance your abilities in your analysis of English literature and give you an awareness of the world we live in that will add colour and content to your personal writing. With a knowledge of history, the world is your oyster, insofar that your travels will be more meaningful because your better understand the context of the places your visit and cultural exchange will therefore be more fruitful. Being able to converse about the histories of different countries is of huge advantage in the globalised workplace when working with teams of international workers. Having an awareness of the contexts of where your colleagues come from greases the wheels of collegial relations and makes more fruitful collaboration possible. The ultimate reason as to why you might or might not study history is similar to the reason how you choose your career: you should like it. Happiness derives from studying and working in areas we enjoy and the long-discussed right to pursue happiness is something we learn about history.

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Dublin 20,
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