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We'll examine Irish, Scottish and Welsh history and culture from 500 AD to the present. In particular, lectures and discussions will focus on the early cultural identity of the Irish, Scots and Welsh and their customs and mythologies; the influence of Roman culture and Christianity on these lands and peoples; the English conquest and colonization of these lands and peoples; and, finally, on the process of political devolution in all three areas. These aspects of Irish, Scottish and Welsh history will be examined through historical documents and literature, art, music and film clips. Students will emerge from the class with a clear sense of the events that shaped the early history and culture of Ireland, Scotland and Wales and how those events continue to shape these areas even to the present day.