Courses are offered by Loyola Marymount University professors Dr. Maire Ford and Dr. Aine O'Healy. Students will explore Ireland through a study of conflict resolution in modern Ireland and images of Irishness in contemporary Irish literature and film, as well as have an opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge of Irish culture and Ireland itself through visits to various culturally significant sites in Dublin and the West of Ireland.
Please note: Although there will be a good deal of free time--including two three-day weekends-in the schedule, students are required to attend all classes and all activities designated by the instructors as part of the academic program, including local outings, the Ancient Ireland Excursion, and the Weekend in the West of Ireland.
Students will live and attend classes on the campus of Trinity College Dublin. Trinity College, which celebrated its 400th anniversary in 1992, is among the oldest and best-known universities in the world. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I of England, TCD is famous for its distinguished architecture and its extensive collection of manuscripts and books, including the world famous Book of Kells and other early Christian texts. Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is its largest and most cosmopolitan city and like the rest of Ireland filled with people renowned for their hospitality.
Within walking distance of the campus are the famed Abbey and Gate theaters, Grafton Street, the Temple Bar District, the Irish Film Institute, the Project Arts Gallery, Dublin Castle, the National Museum, the National Gallery, the Dublin Writers' Museum, the Irish Writers' Center, the James Joyce Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and St. Stephen's Green. Only slightly farther afield are Phoenix Park, the ancient sites of Newgrange, Glendalough, and Tara, beautiful Howth Head, the James Joyce Museum at Sandycove, and the Wicklow Mountains. The cities of Cork, Galway, and Sligo are all only hours away and accessible by bus or train. Meanwhile, the Dingle Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry, Killarney, the Burren, Connemara, the Aran Islands and the Inishowen Peninsula are just some of the scenic jewels scattered across the Irish countryside.
Housing & Meals
Students will live and attend classes on the Trinity College campus in the center of Dublin. Students will be housed in modern accommodations featuring individual rooms with shared kitchens. (Note: bed linens and towels are provided.) Continental breakfast is included, as are several group meals. Students will also have access to campus dining, laundry, and athletic facilities (at their own expense).
Weekend in the West of Ireland: A weekend based in beautiful Galway, the cultural capital of the West of Ireland, and expected to include a ferry trip to the Aran Islands and visits to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren.
Ancient Ireland: Our all-day excursion is expected to include Newgrange and Tara. Newgrange, in the beautiful Boyne Valley, is a Neolithic passage tomb that predates the Egyptian pyramids and provides fascinating evidence of an ancient society knowledgeable in astronomy and architecture. The Hill of Tara, seat of the legendary High Kings of Ireland, provides fine views over the plains of Meath.
Outings: Activities in and around Dublin--some required and others to enjoy on your own--include the Irish Writers’ Museum, the Abbey Theatre, the Irish Film Institute, the Book of Kells, the National Museum, the James Joyce Tower, Howth Head, Dun Laoghaire, the National Gallery, Kilmainham Gaol, the historic Guinness Brewery, a Dublin Bus Tour, and a History Walking Tour.
July 1—August 6, 2016
July 1: Arrival in Dublin / Orientation / Reception
July 2: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour
July 3: History of Dublin Walking Tour
July 4-7: Classes
July 8: Free Day
July 9: Full-Day Excursion: Ancient Ireland
July 10: The Writer's Museum: Tour & Show
July 11-14: Classes
July 15-17: Weekend in the West of Ireland
July 18-21: Classes
July 22-24: Free Weekend
July 25-July 28: Classes
July 29-31: Free Weekend
August 1-4: Classes
August 4: Farewell Dinner
August 5: Free Day; Earliest Allowed Date for Departure
August 6: Official Departure Date
ENGL 3998 / IRST 3998 / EURO 3998 / FTVS 429
Contemporary Ireland in Fiction and Film
Professor: Dr. Aine O'Healy
This course investigates the representation of contemporary Ireland in literature and cinema, both of which have had considerable influence in disseminating images of Irishness at home and abroad. In the process of studying novels, short stories, and films, we will examine how cultural production shapes national identity, paying particular attention to issues of gender, sexuality, social class, and recent migration in and out of Ireland.
PSYC 3998 / IRST 3998
War and Peace in Ireland: The Psychology of Intergroup Conflict
Professor: Dr. Maire Ford
In this course, major events in modern Irish history will be interpreted in terms of psychological research and theory. The course will cover psychological perspectives on intergroup conflict and peace. Research and theory from the areas of social and cognitive psychology will be presented to explain individual and social determinants of intergroup relations (focusing on determinants of conflict, de-escalation, and resolution) with particular reference to the Irish context.
NOTE: Either course can be used toward the fulfillment of the requirement for upper-division courses outside a student’s major. Taken as IRST courses, either or both can be used toward fulfillment of the requirements for completing a minor in Irish Studies.