History of Great Britain and Ireland: 1600 to Present
I. Course Prefix/Number: HIS 222
Course Name: History of Great Britain and Ireland: 1600 to Present
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
B. Describe Britain and Ireland’s achievements in political, cultural, and social terms
C. Compare representative works of literature and philosophy produced within this period
D. Critique the values expressed in the religious, philosophical, and literary texts of this period, and discuss the current relevance of these values
E. Explain the ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity of Britain and Ireland and the origins of political, cultural, and ethnic conflict
F. Apply conflicting interpretations of British and Irish history
G. Analyze primary and secondary sources of the British and Irish past
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
B. The English Civil War and “Revolution,” 1642-1660
C. English Imperialism in Ireland, 1600-1689
D. English Restoration, the “Glorious Revolution,” and Union, 1660-1707
E. British Overseas Imperialism, 1600-1800
F. The Jacobite Rebellions, 1603-1745
G. The Industrial Revolution
H. The Napoleonic Wars
I. The Great Famine in Ireland
J. Irish and Scottish Traditional Music and Dance
K. Nineteenth-Century Parliament and Reform
L. Nineteenth-Century Irish Nationalism and Home Rule
M. The Victorian Era: Empire and Society
N. World War I
O. Irish Independence and Civil War, 1916-1924
P. Britain and Ireland Between the Wars
Q. World War II and the Cold War
R. The “Troubles,” 1969-1998
S. Membership in the Commonwealth, United Nations, and Common Market
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Students will write two papers, each 7-10 pages in length.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
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Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
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