Local History Courses

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A local history course will cover many topics including things like Irish studies, human geography, archaeology, anthropology. 

What might i learn?

Local history courses are designed to enable the student to become more engaged with local history. A local history course will offer a qualification to learners who are already active in the area, or will provide an opportunity to those who are interested in historical research for their own personal development. 

Graduating from a local history course will enable the learner to:

  • Examine a range of key issues in the history of localities
  • Develop a perspective on how local history might be written
  • Identify, locate, assess and interpret primary and secondary sources
  • Develop the skills to conduct local history research
  • Present the results of research in an appropriate way 

Who should study these courses?

A local history course is ideal for people who have an interest in local history and heritage, members of historical societies, and those working, or intending to work, in the heritage sector. 

Taking on a course in local history will develop the skills of the learner in areas such as:

  • Regional studies
  • Integrating approaches used by historians
  • Folklore
  • Celtic studies
  • Geography

Why do it?

If you are thinking of working or volunteering in the Irish heritage or tourism sector, A course in local history will be of great benefit. Doing one of these courses also provides a solid academic grounding for students who wish to pursue further studies in the area. 

Students of local history will study documents, maps, museum collections and landscapes . 

There are many career paths available to the graduate of local history courses including:

  • Historian
  • Museum worker
  • Writer
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Tour guide
  • Local politics

There are many local history courses available all across the country. 


Find local history courses near you at Courses.ie

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