These intensive three-week pre-session courses begin before the start of the fall semester. This allows you to comfortably settle into your new surroundings before the academic year begins and earn five credits toward your total course load. You can select one of the six courses available.
This program provides an historic and current overview of the physical and cultural landscapes of Ireland. Weekly field trips illuminate the sites discussed in class. A weekend field-study excursion in November visits the Burren, an area on the west coast of Ireland that is rich with archaeological remains. Attention is focused on:
This program examines the customs of Irish culture from a traditional and modern perspective. The course delves into ancient Celtic rituals that helped shape the country, and how Ireland has evolved, while not loosing a sense of its past. Visits to sites in Cork and stretching all the way to Northern Ireland give a broad view of a variety of Irish customs. An extended excursion to Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, takes place during a traditional Irish "Match-making" festival.
This program provides an introduction to major issues in the modern history and politics of Ireland. A series of excursions and field trips around the Cork area illuminates studies. There is also an extended field-study trip to Dublin that includes visits to the National Archives and the Dáil Éireann (Irish Parliament). Attention is focused on:
This program introduces a wide range of Irish writings from the year 1200 to the present. Topics that are discussed include Irish cinema, Irish mythology, literature in the Irish language and Irish women's writing. The program includes field visits to areas of literary interest such as the Great Blasket Island where Tomás Ó Crohan wrote The Islandman and the Aran Islands where John Millington Synge wrote The Aran Island Journals.
In the growing European Union Ireland has played a very special role as a small member state with strong vibrant economy; the program explores how this occurred and what effect it has had on different business types in the country. Weekly excursions to establish businesses reinforce the principles establish in course work. Attention is focused on:
Known globally as a bastion of music, this program explores the rich variety of musical traditions in Ireland. Studies being with traditional Irish folk music through to the popular music of today and how all music in Ireland are inter-connected. The impact of outside musical influence is also examined. Field trips offer first hand experiences of Irish music, both locally and nationally. Attention is focused on: