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)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course surveys the political, economic, social and cultural history of Great Britain and Ireland from the Stuart Dynasty through the present era.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the major eras covered
  2. Describe Britain and Ireland’s achievements in political, cultural, and social terms
  3. Compare representative works of literature and philosophy produced within this period
  4. Critique the values expressed in the religious, philosophical, and literary texts of this period, and discuss the current relevance of these values
  5. Explain the ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity of Britain and Ireland and the origins of political, cultural, and ethnic conflict
  6. Apply conflicting interpretations of British and Irish history
  7. Analyze primary and secondary sources of the British and Irish past

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

  1. The Stewart Dynasty and Absolutism
  2. The English Civil War and “Revolution,” 1642-1660
  3. English Imperialism in Ireland, 1600-1689
  4. English Restoration, the “Glorious Revolution,” and Union, 1660-1707
  5. British Overseas Imperialism, 1600-1800
  6. The Jacobite Rebellions, 1603-1745
  7. The Industrial Revolution
  8. The Napoleonic Wars
  9. The Great Famine in Ireland
  10. Irish and Scottish Traditional Music and Dance
  11. Nineteenth-Century Parliament and Reform
  12. Nineteenth-Century Irish Nationalism and Home Rule
  13. The Victorian Era: Empire and Society
  14. World War I
  15. Irish Independence and Civil War, 1916-1924
  16. Britain and Ireland Between the Wars
  17. World War II and the Cold War
  18. The “Troubles,” 1969-1998
  19. Membership in the Commonwealth, United Nations, and Common Market

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and panel presentations.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

To successfully read the assigned material, students must be able to read intelligently and at a college level.

Students will write two papers, each 7-10 pages in length.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Texts will be selected from established texts, such as:

Morgan, Kenneth O., ed. The Oxford History of Britain
Cunliffe, Barry, ed. The Penguin Illustrated History of Britain and Ireland
Foster, R.F., ed. The Oxford History of Ireland
Moody, T.W. The Course of Irish History
Mackie, J.D. A History of Scotland
Cronin, Mike. A History of Ireland

Supplementary readings will also be assigned as appropriate.  Currently being used are:

Barry, Tom. Guerilla Days in Ireland: A Personal Account of the Anglo-Irish War
Conroy, John. Belfast Diary
Hachey, Thomas E. and Lawrence J. McCaffrey. Perspectives on Irish Nationalism
Brennan-Whitmore, W.J. Dublin Burning: The Easter Rising From Behind the Barricades
English, Richard. Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA
Kinealy, Christine. This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine, 1845-52
Larkin, Emmet, The Historical Dimensions of Irish Catholicism
Sands, Bobby. One Day in My Life
Stephens, James. The Insurrection in Dublin
Stone, Lawrence. The Causes of the English Revolution, 1529-1642
Tóibín, Colm and Diarmaid Ferriter. The Irish Famine

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

At least three exams will be given in addition to other required papers and assignments. At least fifty percent of all examinations will require students to respond in a written essay format. Students will also be evaluated on a combination of written assignments and in-and out-of-class assignments.

XI.   Other Course Information

Support Services: Tutoring is available at the Learning Center.

Important Dates: *

XX/XX: Last day to withdraw and have course dropped from record
XX/XX: Last day to change to Audit
XX/XX: Last day for students to submit materials to make up incomplete from the previous semester
XX/XX: Last day to withdraw from classes with a "W"

*These dates differ for each semester. You'll find the correct dates on the Academic Calendar.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.