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Cork Courses - 2020 Summer

Summer Session I has been cancelled due to CDC and State Department advisory levels.  A decision regarding Summer Session II will be made mid-April. Please check back here for updates.

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, plus one additional credit if enrolled in In Search of Irish Roots: Tracing Your Family Genealogy. At least one 3-credit course is required. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

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US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Dr. Diane Kelly-Riley | University of Idaho

Course offered:

Dr. Kelly-Riley (PhD Washington State University) is an Associate Professor of English with a background in English Literature and Composition/Rhetoric.  As an undergraduate, she studied in Nottingham, England. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer from the Republic of the Marshall Islands and taught a USAC course in Havana, Cuba.

Course Descriptions

To obtain course syllabi, click on the link(s) below and follow the prompts to specific course information. Please contact the USAC Student Information department if you have difficulty finding the information.

Course Descriptions

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.

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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)

May be taken in addition to the 6-credit maximum.

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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.

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Introduction to the Folklore and Ethnology of Cork

Summer (Anthropology, English; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course will provide students with a stimulating and enriching introduction to the academic discipline of folklore through learning about the material and intangible culture of Cork and Ireland. There will be a focus on the collection, archiving and dissemination of folklore and oral history in Cork and Ireland. The themes of social and sacred assembly as well as community culture will be outlined and discussed. Aspects of material culture such as housing, furniture, and food will also be considered. Students will put their ethnographic skills into practice on the class field trip to the Muskerry Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area).

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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.

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The Changing Role of Women in Ireland through Literature

Summer (English; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course will explore the changing role of women in Ireland as portrayed in the Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien. O’Brien is one of Ireland’s foremost female writers whose work is largely credited with beginning to loosen repressive norms for women’s social issues and sexuality. We’ll read O’Brien’s memoir about her life and development as a writer in the County Clare. O’Brien’s novels and memoir will be considered within the context of their historical moment and in the context of the intellectual traditions to which they relate.

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Tradition and History of Gaelic Sport

Summer (History, Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)

This course will introduce students to the sports of hurling, camogie, Gaelic football, and handball. Students will not only learn the rules and history of the games but will also get an insider’s view of the role these games play in Irish culture. From Cú Chulainn, the mythological warrior whose fate was decided by one hit of a sliotar (hurling ball), to the televised hype of the modern-day All-Ireland championships, these sports – playing them, watching them, talking about them – form part of the backbone of Irish identity. To learn about Gaelic games is to get to know Ireland from the inside out.

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War, Revolution and the Struggle for Irish Independence, 1912-23

Summer (History, Political Science; 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.

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