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HIST328 Irish and Scottish Migrations in the 19th and 20th Centuries

A critical examination of the causes and consequences of migration from Ireland and Scotland since 1800.

This paper examines the causes, consequences and legacies of two of Europe’s largest population flows: the Irish and the Scots. It adopts a broad comparative, chronological, geographical and thematic approach to explore issues of continuity and change. The course also provides students with an opportunity to develop their methodological skills through working with original sources such as migrant letters, oral testimonies and ethnic periodicals.

Paper title Irish and Scottish Migrations in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Paper code HIST328
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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36 200-level points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.

Professor Angela McCarthy -

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Professor Angela McCarthy

Teaching Arrangements

This paper is taught via lectures and tutorials.

Course materials will be made available electronically.
Course outline

Available via Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of the patterns and processes of Scottish and Irish migration
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main themes and debates surrounding the causes and consequences of migration from Scotland and Ireland
  • Evaluate diverse concepts and perspectives about migration
  • Evaluate the key benefits, drawbacks and interpretations of primary and secondary sources
  • Communicate effectively both in writing and verbally

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 11-13, 18-19
A2 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 11-13, 18-19