Four Week Study Programme Information - 2022

Dates: May 30th to June 24th 2022

Tuition fees: 2,900 EURO

Module 1: Ireland in the World (5 ECTS Credits)

This interdisciplinary module will explore Ireland's interaction with Europe and the wider world from ancient to modern times. As a small island on the edge of Europe, Ireland has cultivated global links for centuries through the Roman Empire, the spread of Christianity, Celtic and Viking influences, Norman and English settlers, political and religious allies in Europe and through outward and (more recently) inward migration.

Lectures and seminars in this module will examine Ireland’s economic, religious, linguistic and political encounters with other nations through trade, colonisation, exploration, migration and exile. Cultural, artistic and literary exchanges will be discussed through specific case-studies highlighting key themes relation to global encounters from a range of time periods. On-campus tours to cultural repositories will include analysis material from the National Folklore Collection and UCD Special Collections. Related cultural visits will be scheduled for EPIC museum, Dublin Castle and Glasnevin Cemetery.

Learning outcomes:

  • Students will learn about key ideas and concepts in historical, cultural and political ideologies in Ireland and overseas
  • Students will work with multidisciplinary sources and texts and develop skills of critical analysis and interpretation
  • Students will participate in active learning both on and off campus through specified activities and tasks
  • Students will develop independent research and analytical skills
  • Reflective writing skills will be practised and developed

 

Assessment: 30% Report on cultural site visit, 20% Specified learning activities, 50% Reflective Learning Journal

 

Module 2: Performing Irish Identity (5 ECTS Credits)

This multidisciplinary module will explore how Irish identity is ‘performed’ through a range of cultural practices and traditions. With over 70 million people worldwide claiming Irish decent, the expression of Irish cultural identity has a global impact and influence. Case-studies and examples will draw on current scholarship in the fields of art, film, literature, manuscript production, music and dance, sculpture, sporting initiatives, storytelling, theatre and other cultural activities.

Lectures and seminars in this module will explore how these cultural practices have changed and developed over time and space in response to political, social and cultural conditions. Practice-based workshops introducing students to traditional music and dancing, drama, sport and literary analysis will be a central feature of this module. On-campus tours to cultural repositories will include UCD Poetry Reading Archive. Related cultural visits will be scheduled for MoLI Museum, National Museum of Decorative Arts, National Gallery, Irish Traditional Music Archive and Croke Park.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will learn about key ideas and concepts related to Irish cultural practices and traditions
  • Students will work with multidisciplinary sources and texts and develop skills of critical analysis and interpretation
  • Practice-based workshops will provide opportunities for active learning and development of new skills
  • Students will develop critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Presentation skills will be practised and developed

 

Assessment: 30% Review of cultural event, 20% Specified learning activities, 50% Research presentation