Cork, Ireland | 2017 Summer
Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.
Taught in English
You will enroll in three to six credits during the summer session. At least one 3-credit course is required. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.
- Food, Obesity and Society (CHS/HDFS/HE, 400-level, 3 credits)
- In Search of Irish Roots: Tracing Your Family Genealogy (ANTH/HIST, 100-level, 1 credit)
- International Conflict Management and Negotiation (PSC, 400-level, 3 credits)
- Introduction to the Folklore and Ethnology of Cork (ANTH, 200-level, 3 credits)
- Introduction to the Gaelic Language (WLL, 100-level, 3 credits)
- Ireland's Modern Day Music (MUS, 300-level, 3 credits)
- Irish Short Form Literature (ENG, 400-level, 3 credits)
- War, Revolution, and Struggle for Irish Independence, 1912-23 (HIST/PSC, 300-level, 3 credits)
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Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.
Dr. Daniel Erwin | University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Erwin is the recipient of awards from the Houghton Library at Harvard, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Yale Center for British Art. A new book, Textual Vision: Augustan Design and the Invention of Eighteenth-Century British Culture, is available from Bucknell University Press (2015).
Food, Obesity and Society
Summer (Community Health Sciences; 400-level; 3 credits)
Food shopping, preparation and consumption are central to any encounter with a new culture. But in contemporary American life, the specter of the ‘obesity epidemic’ haunts many experiences of food and eating so that, for many Americans, encountering a new food culture also raises questions about obesity at home and abroad. This course offers you the opportunity to explore these questions, comparing and contrasting your home culture(s) with the culture(s) you encounter during your time in Ireland. The United States is often portrayed as the ‘fast food nation’ where everything is ‘supersized’ – including the waistlines of the citizens. European countries such as Ireland are, by contrast, supposed to be slimmer and therefore healthier. But how accurate is this depiction? In this course, we will go beyond the stereotypes to compare and contrast the food cultures in the USA and Ireland. What roles do food and eating play in the societies of the USA and Ireland? How is obesity understood and experienced in Ireland, and does this differ from the USA? How do our food cultures relate to our understandings and experiences of obesity? Through reading, discussion, lectures, activities and field trips, we will explore these and related questions, aiming to develop a critical and cosmopolitan perspective on food, obesity and society.
In Search of Irish Roots: Tracing Your Family Genealogy
Summer (Anthropology, History; 100-level; 1 credit)
The ‘In Search of Irish Roots: Tracing your Family Genealogy’ syllabus sets out 7 sessions (15 contact hours) with a distinct topic for each session. This course is about far more than genealogical sources; it also facilitates an interdisciplinary understanding of the primary sources and principal events that have shaped Ireland over the past several hundred years. It will therefore provide an overview of social, cultural and political change in Irish society, so as to lead to a further understanding of the shaping of modern Ireland. It draws on cultural, political and historical geographies of Ireland, and includes analysis of class, religion, place, patronage, politics and territorial organisation, the impact of landlordism and landscape transformation, the distribution of secular and religious institutions, nation-building and state formation. There will be two out-of-classroom fieldtrip tours (Cork North Inner and South Inner City)
International Conflict Management and Negotiation
Summer (Management, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide students with an introduction to the study of conflict and conflict resolution. Ultimately, it is intended that students come away with the knowledge and critical skills necessary to analyse and understand contemporary conflicts and the potential approaches to their resolution.
As is true of the wider discipline, this module is grounded in a combination of academic and practitioner approaches to conflict and conflict resolution. Classes begin with an overview of the origin and development of the discipline from its roots in the 1950s through to the contemporary period. We examine how the nature of conflict has evolved over time with an emphasis on the changes that occurred between the Cold War and Post-Cold War era. In particular we will explore the shift from interstate conflicts to conflicts featuring multiple, and in many cases, non-state actors. Moving on from this we will explore the various stages and strategies of conflict prevention, containment and resolution. This will involve examining the theoretical underpinnings and operationalization of approaches to conflict prevention, peacekeeping, peacemaking, peacebuilding, international intervention, reconciliation and factors such as gender, religion and culture. Finally, having developed an understanding of these aspects of conflict and conflict resolution we will then look at a small number of specific case studies. The intention of which is to provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained to understanding and analysing specific conflicts.
Introduction to the Folklore and Ethnology of Cork
Summer (Anthropology; 200-level; 3 credits)
This course provides the visiting student with a stimulating introduction to the humanistic discipline of folklore through an examination of the popular pastime of storytelling examined from both a traditional and contemporary perspective. While the initial focus of these lectures will look at the importance of face-to-face verbal interaction in olden times, attention will be paid to similar elements and themes used in the context of informal sessions nowadays. There will be further discussion on the way certain elements of these stories are also reflective of the changing social, economic and technological landscape. A continuous emphasis on all forms of communication stratagems such as verbal skills, accents, dialects, idioms and expressions as well as distinctive body-language will be a recurring theme throughout all of the lectures.
Introduction to the Gaelic Language
Summer (Gaelic; 100-level; 3 credits)
This is a course in Spoken Irish for beginners. No previous knowledge is required. It is a comprehensive introduction to the living language with emphasis on the spoken word. Participants will learn how to conduct a basic conversation in Irish and will also focus on listening, reading & writing skills. The classes are very interactive and students will engage in group work and oral tasks in every class. Students will receive a brief overview of the syntax & phonology of the language and will have an opportunity to gain an insight into Irish culture.
Ireland's Modern Day Music
Summer (Music; 300-level; 3 credits)
Music-making in Ireland today encompasses a wide range of scenes, communities and sub-cultures, each performing slightly different versions of Irishness. This course examines the last 50 years of popular, classical and traditional music through the prism of national and regional identity, with special focus on the vibrant live music scene in Cork City. Taking in artists such as U2, Sinead O'Connor, Van Morrison and Hozier, students will examine how music reflects different ways of being Irish.
Irish Short Form Literature
Summer (English; 400-level; 3 credits)
Contemporary writing is flourishing in Ireland. This course introduces two major figures, the novelist Edna O’Brien and poet Seamus Heaney alongside some other writers you’ll enjoy. Edna O’Brien is among the best-known fiction writers the country has produced and “the most gifted woman now writing in English,” according to Philip Roth. We’ll read the short stories gathered in her recent Saints and Sinners (2011), and also view The Girl with Green Eyes, the 1964 film that O’Brien adapted from her novel The Lonely Girl. Seamus Heaney is a lyric poet of great power and a translator of real distinction. He began publishing his verse in 1962, at first as a country schoolteacher and later as professor of poetry at Oxford. Heaney was awarded the 1995 Nobel prize in literature “for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past.” Heaney passed away three years ago, and we'll be reading a late collection, District and Circle (2006), while glancing back at some of his early poems for context. Among other Irish writers we’ll want to get to know is Nuala ni Dhomhnaill, educated at UCC, through her bilingual volume The Water Horse (2000), which draws heavily upon Gaelic folklore. We'll also look at contemporary Irish life as represented by Anne Enright in her whimsical short-story collection Taking Pictures (2008). We'll not ignore the drama, and can also plan to see a classic play at one of the repertory theatres, a revival of Samuel Beckett perhaps, or else a more contemporary drama presented as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival.
War, Revolution and the Struggle for Irish Independence, 1912-23
Summer (300-level; 3 credits)
The course encompasses the decisive era of modern Irish history, between 1912 and 1923 – that is, from the bitter campaign over the Third Home Rule Bill, through the confrontations over female suffrage and labour organisation, to the trauma of engagement in World War I, the Easter Rising, the rise of Sinn Féin and the eclipse of constitutional nationalism, partition, the War of Independence and the Treaty split and ensuing Civil War. It examines the roles played by key individuals during this ‘revolutionary decade,’ as well as the international, and especially the American, dimensions to same.