Arts & Humanities Study Abroad

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UCD Irish Studies Summer Study Abroad Programme - Summer 2020

 

 

UCD is delighted to launch its inaugural Irish Studies Summer Study Abroad Programme in June 2020. This programme, which has a focus on Irish Studies, draws on the expertise of all disciplines within the College. It examines Irish history, culture and society in an interdisciplinary and interactive manner. Each topic is addressed in an associated lecture by a leading expert in that particular field. Highlights of the academic programme include trips to the rich variety of museums and cultural sites in Dublin.

UCD Arts and Humanities Summer Study Abroad Programme also offers a bespoke cultural and social programme of excursions and social events, enabling students to explore Dublin and Ireland outside of the classroom. Participating students will live in student residences on campus.

This Study Abroad Programme will be attractive to students with a background in Arts and Humanities, as well as those majoring in other areas, who would like to earn credits within Arts and Humanities.

Dates and Fees

June 2nd to 15th 2020: Two-week Study Abroad Programme (5 ECTS credits)

Two-Week Programme Fees: €1,500

June 2nd to 28th 2020: Four-week Study Abroad Programme (10 ECTS credits)

Four-Week Programme Fees: €2,900

If you would like to be notified when applications open and to receive further updates, please complete this expression of interest form.

For further information, please email artsstudyabroad@ucd.ie .

 

Indicative Programme

Module 1: Ireland in the World

2-15 June 2020 (5 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 relating to global encounters from a range of time periods. On-campus tours to cultural repositories will include analysis of relevant 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 skills 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

15-28 June 2020 (5 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 descent, 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 activities, 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 Irish 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, Kevin Barry Window and National Folklore Collection Sound 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

 

Arts & Humanities Study Abroad General Information

  • Offers a broad range of course options for students of any major.
  • Take classes alongside degree-seeking students, as well as dedicated classes for visiting students such as Ireland Uncovered, Music in Ireland and Reading Irish Literature.
  • Opportunity to take up to two elective courses from another academic programme area.
  • Home to the UNESCO National Folklore Collection, the UCD Classical Museum, and resident performing choirs and orchestras; UCD Arts & Humanities is a bedrock of Irish culture.
  • Famous alumni from UCD Arts & Humanities include writers James Joyce and Emma Donoghue, actor Brendan Gleeson, and film director Neil Jordan.

Subject Choices

Art History, Celtic Civilization, Drama Studies, English, Film Studies, French, German, Greek, Greek & Roman Civilization, History, Irish, Irish Folklore, Irish Studies, Italian, Latin, Linguistics, Music and Spanish.

Contact

artsstudyabroad@ucd.ie

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