Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Athlone, Ireland; Belfast, United Kingdom; Derry, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland; Gort, Ireland; Sligo, Ireland
- Program Terms: Summer
- Program Sponsor: CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad
Program Base Price: $2,955
Estimated Airfare: $755 - $955
Dates: May 16 – 31, 2017
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)
Study across an island divided by a border, but joined in history. The program takes you to both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. From Dublin, the capital of the Republic, we’ll uncover the cultural significance behind Glendalough, Trinity College and places made famous by such writers as James Joyce and Jonathan Swift. Then we’ll head to Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom), tracking the history of Ireland, ancient and modern, stopping at the magnificent coastal World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway, and visiting locations associated more recently with the Troubles in Belfast and Derry. Then it’s off to the beauty of the mountains, valleys and islands of the West of Ireland where Gaelic and traditional music can still be heard. Discover the beauty and the tragedy, the history and the hope that define this land still struggling to be united.
The schedule, subject to change, includes stays in Dublin, Belfast, Derry or nearby city, Sligo or nearby city, and Galway. Accommodations are typically in dormitory housing in Dublin and in hotels, thereafter. Day trips to such locations as Glendalough/Powerscourt House and Aran Islands.
A GROUP TRAVEL OPTION through CCSA is available at additional cost and includes:
Agriculture has many challenges in coming decades to feed 9 billion people by 2050 while also trying to preserve our natural resources for future generations. Sustainable agriculture is an emerging concept that proposes to achieve both goals. Where better to explore the notion of sustainability than the beautiful Emerald Island? We will compare sustainable practices in Ireland with conventional practices in the U.S. and discuss issues like animal welfare, food safety, local marketing, and environmental sustainability. Tentatively, our class will visit the Aran Islands, Irish National Stud & Gardens, the National Famine Museum, Guinness Storehouse, as well as local producers.
Ireland is a small country with an out-sized literary tradition. This course brings the genius and value of that tradition into focus, by reading "greatest hits" of Irish literature, including the tragi-comic Tain Bo Culaigne and important works by Swift, Yeats, Synge and some contemporary authors. How Irish folklore influences literary production will be considered, while our reading will be enriched by visits to sites such as the James Joyce Museum at Sandy Cove, the monastic ruins at Glendalough and Yeats's home at Thoor Ballylee, and in Belfast sites related to writing about Irish politics. This course allows you to construct a broad understanding of the scope and variety of Irish literature.
Prerequisites: Students in the lower level course should have completed their college's basic writing requirement. Students in the upper level course should have completed a survey or introduction to literature course.
Anyone considering a career in healthcare will gain valuable experience in this class comparing American and Irish healthcare systems, including such topics as educational preparation, the Irish healthcare team system, the health concerns of Ireland's vulnerable populations, and health indicators. Visiting healthcare locations such as Bon Secours hospital in Galway and Newtown Park House Nursing Home in Dublin, we will interact with both providers and consumers of healthcare to deepen participants' understanding of how Irish and American health systems compare, while visiting historical sites to expand participants' knowledge of how historical and cultural beliefs influence health practices.
Enhance your understanding of the differences of human ability and occupation in Irish society through interviews, observation, site visits, attendance at community events and gatherings, self-reflection, daily journal writing, and presentations. Students will critically observe people at some fifteen sites, such as Trinity College, National Library and Museum, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. In this class, students will conduct interviews and analyze the differences in occupations (or what people do), while learning about the indigenous cultures and assessing how factors such as politics, history, religion, diversity and culture influence occupations and how individuals value what they do.