Essays For Leaving Cert History

General study and exam tips 

Section 1

Section 1: Answering Document-based Questions 

Section 1: Government, Economy and Society in the Republic of Ireland, 1949 - 89. 

Case Study: The First Programme for Economic Expansion, 1958 - 63 

Section 1: Government, Economy and Society in the Republic of Ireland, 1949 - 89. 

Case Study: The Impact of RTÉ, 1962 - 72 

Section 1: Government, Economy and Society in the Republic of Ireland, 1949 - 89. 

Case Study: The Impact of the EEC on Irish Fisheries 

Section 1: Government, Economy and Society in the Republic of Ireland, 1949 - 89. 

Document-based Question 4, sample answer: What Impact did the establishment of RTÉ have on the lives of Irish people? 

Sections 2 and 3: Essay Writing 

Essay Skills 

Sample Plan 

Section 2: Irish History 

Topic 2: Movements for political and social reform. Facts: Politics and Administration 

Topic 2: Movements for political and social reform. Facts: Religion, Culture and Science 

Topic 2: Movements for political and social reform. Facts: Economy and Society 

Topic 2: Movements for political and social reform. Sample Essay 1.0: How did Unionism develop during the period 1886 – 1914? (2011) 

Topic 2: Movements for political and social reform. Sample Essay 2.0: What did one or more of the following contribute to cultural revival during the period 1870- 1914: the GAA; the Gaelic League; the Anglo-Irish Literary Revival? (2012) 

Topic 3: The pursuit of sovereignty and the impact of partition. Facts: Politics and Administration 

Topic 3: The pursuit of sovereignty and the impact of partition. Facts: Religion, Culture and Science 

Topic 3: The pursuit of sovereignty and the impact of partition. Facts: Economy and Society 

Topic 3: The pursuit of sovereignty and the impact of partition. Sample Essay: What was the significance of the Eucharistic Congress, 1932? 

Topic 5: Politics and society in Northern Ireland. Facts: Politics and Administration 

Topic 5: Politics and society in Northern Ireland. Facts: Religion, Culture and Science 

Topic 5: Politics and society in Northern Ireland. Facts: Economy and Society 

Topic 5: Politics and society in Northern Ireland, Sample Essay: What was the contribution of the Apprentice Boys of Derry to the celebration of religious and cultural identity among that city’s unionist minority? (2006)

Section 3: Europe and the Wider World 

Topic 3: Dictatorship and Democracy in Europe. Facts: Communism in Russia 

Topic 3: Dictatorship and Democracy in Europe. Sample Essay: How effective were Stalin’s moves for change during his time as leader of Russia? 

Topic 3: Dictatorship and Democracy in Europe. Facts: The rise of Fascism (Italy and Germany) 

Topic 3: Dictatorship and Democracy in Europe. Sample Essay: How did dictators use propaganda and/or terror to maintain their power? 

Topic 3: Dictatorship and Democracy in Europe. Facts: Britain, France and the Twentieth Century 

Topic 4: Division and Realignment in Europe. Facts: The Sovietisation of Eastern Europe 

Topic 4: Division and Realignment in Europe. Case Study: The 1956 Hungarian Uprising 

Topic 4: Division and Realignment in Europe. Facts: The Establishment and Evolution of the EEC 

Topic 4: Division and Realignment in Europe. Case Study: The 1973 Oil Crisis 

Topic 4: Division and Realignment in Europe. Facts: The Soviet Economy 

Topic 4: Division and Realignment in Europe. Case Study: The Second Vatican Council 

Topic 6: The United States and the world, Facts: Politics and Administration

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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
  • The pursuit of sovereignty
  • The Irish Diaspora
  • Politics and society in Northern Ireland
  • Government society and the economy in Ireland (1949-1989) 

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.

The Exam

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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.

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.

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