Late Modern History (1815-1993) is divided into 6 Irish topics and 6 European topics.
Leaving Cert History is a challenging course and requires essay style answers. Good English skills, the ability to do research and an interest in History are all important if you do this subject. Up to 20% of your final result will be based on your research project done before the exam.
History (Late Modern) Course Content
Irish History (1815-1993)
Ireland & the Union,
Movements for political and social reform
Sovereignty & the impact of partition
The Irish diaspora
Politics and society in Northern Ireland
Republic - government, society, economy
History of Europe and the Wider World 1815-1993
Nationalism and State Formation
Nation states and international tensions
Dictatorship and democracy
Division and realignment in Europe
European retreat from Empire and the aftermath
The US and the World.
Written Exam (80%)
Research Study Report (20%)
At both levels, the examination paper features a documents-based question (linked to the documents-based study) and three general questions. All four questions carry equal marks. The paper is 2 hours and 50 minutes long.
Research Study Report
Students must choose a research topic and write up their findings under three headings:Outline Plan (15 marks); Evaluation of the Sources (25 marks); Extended Essay with a review of the research process (60 marks).
Future Careers with Leaving Certificate History
Leaving cert History is not an essential requirement for any courses in the CAO system. History can be used in a wide variety of careers including Archaeology, Writing, Research, Education and Tourism.