Lifelong Learning History Courses

Lifelong Learning offers all adult learners the opportunity to explore a subject of their choice without the pressure of an examination. The courses are participative, engaging and taught by experts in their field. Explore the history options available online in 2021.

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning is a UCD programme which offers all adult learners the opportunity to explore a subject of their choice without the pressure of an examination.

The courses are participative, engaging and taught by experts in their field. The options for spring 2021, which will be delivered online, will start at the end of January.


America since 1945: A Global Power

This course will focus on America’s role on the world stage from the end of the Second World War to the present. We will consider its economic, political, military, geopolitical, and cultural power and how all of these have contributed to America being a dominant force globally since 1945. We will examine America’s motivation for becoming involved in various global issues and events over the course of the twentieth century. We will ask whether America becomes involved in such issues and events to protect American freedom and interests around the globe or has it, as it has claimed, a greater goal of ensuring the freedom and stability of other nations also.

Tutor: Dr Sarah Feehan

Location: Online

Start date: 25 January

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Modern Latin America, 1800 to the Present

This course examines the history of modern Latin America from the early nineteenth century to the present. It examines the emergence of independence movements against Spanish and Portuguese power, the nascent empires, nations and republics of the turbulent nineteenth century, and the growing influence of the US government in Latin American politics. It analyses the formation and consolidation of diverse Latin American identities, cultures and societies in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The course covers a number of political, social, and cultural topics in several distinct regions, including the struggle for independence and democracy; the legacy of Spanish and Portuguese rule in nineteenth-century nations; the emergence of distinct racial and cultural identities; dictatorship and democracy in the emerging nation-states; politics, cooperation, and conflict; the growing presence of the US in Latin American politics and economies; the end of Spanish power in Cuba and Puerto Rico; economic and political relations with Europe, Asia and North America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; war, dictatorship, and revolution in Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Colombia, and Argentina; comparing the modern nation-states of Latin America in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

This course also examines the patterns of migration from Ireland to various Latin American regions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Irish relations with the continent, and the numerous ways in which Irish immigration has shaped Latin American politics, culture, and society.

Tutor: Dr Edward Collins

Location: Online

Start date: 27 January

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For registration and fee details go to the UCD ALL website, call 01 7167123 or email: all@ucd.ie