History is offered in the BEd Primary, BEd Post-Primary (subsidiary) and BA Liberal Arts courses. The first year programme focuses on Twentieth Century American history. In the second year the course examines Modern European History 1870 to 1945, a study of which helps students acquire a more discerning approach to the modern world and a meaningful background to their European citizenship. In year three (BEd Primary and BA only) the module looks at aspects of Irish and English history 1845 to 1939. This is intended to familiarise students with the main political, social and economic developments in Ireland and Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and contribute to their understanding of contemporary society and current problems in these countries. In year four (BEd Primary only) students explore the historiography of a crucial period in Irish history, 1912 to 1923.This provides the opportunity for an in-depth study, making extensive use of documentary material.