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Certificate of Achievement

Randal Oulton

has completed the following course:

Dublin: A Social History, 1850-1930

Dublin City University

This online course explored various issues and questions relating to the social history of Dublin between 1850 and 1930. It introduced the learner to the lives of ordinary Dubliners, from the gruesome and gory to the good times and glory. It looked at how Dublin’s past helped shape its present and considered the key debates of the past and how much or little has changed. Learners covered topics and engaged in activities to facilitate and support their learning.

4 weeks, 4 hours per week

Dr. Ruth McManus

Associate Professor of Geography

Dublin City University

Juliana Adelman

Assistant Professor of History

Dublin City University


Learning outcomes

  • Identify the main contours of Dublin between 1850 and 1930 (social, political, economic, geographic)
  • Describe what it was like to live in Dublin from 1850 to 1930, identifying how it changed over time
  • Explore some key sources which can be used to study the history of post-Famine Dublin
  • Compare key issues and debates about Dublin in the past with contemporary issues


  • Introduction to Dublin, 1850-1930 – its political and social context
  • Health and disease – death, disease and public health initiatives
  • Living conditions and housing – suburban development and different approaches to the slums
  • Leisure and everyday life – work and play for ordinary Dubliners

Issued on 4th October 2021

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Free online course:

Dublin: A Social History, 1850-1930

Dublin City University