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AN 207 Introduction to Irish Archaeology
This Archeology course will provide a comprehensive overview of Irish Archeology from the first settlers to modern times. The aims and methods of studying archaeology will be discussed and the examination of a selection of different sites will show how archaeologists discover, record and excavate sites in the field and also how they study artifactual materials. Special attention will be focused on the archaeological sites and remains of the Dingle Peninsula.

AN 299 Special Topics in Anthropology: The Ethnography of Ireland
The patterns economic, social, political and cultural change in modern Ireland and the globalization of Ireland are examined through the lens of selected ethnographic studies of Irish communities and the Irish population. The influence of shifting theoretical concerns on the anthropological study of Ireland and of ethnographic studies on the place of Ireland in the popular imagination are also considered.

AN 299 Special Topics in Anthropology: Life Histories and Culture Change in Dingle
In the second half of the 20th century, and particularly since the 1990’s, Ireland has undergone profound economic, social and cultural change. With an emphasis on an experiential, fieldwork-based approach, this course will explore the contours of these changes on the Dingle Peninsula and examine how its people understand and experience these changes in their own lives and communities. Students will plan, record, transcribe,and analyze a series of life story interviews with long-time Dingle residents and examine the collected life histories to discern the patterns of local and regional socio-cultural change. This work will be supplemented with background reading on the modern history of Ireland and the Dingle Peninsula, classroom discussions and presentations, guest lectures and field trips.

BI 104 Coastal Ecology of Ireland 
Ireland is an island nation with a proud tradition of maritime explorers and innovators that stretches back to St. Brendan the Navigator. Ireland has 220 million acres of seabed, more than 10 times the size of Ireland itself. That means 90% of Ireland is underwater. This course will explore the importance of the seas surrounding Ireland with respect to history, biodiversity, sustainability, and innovation. First we will investigate how the seas are intricately tied to Ireland’s history. We then examine the biodiversity and ecology of the waters surrounding and running through Ireland from trout to cod. Finally, we examine Ireland’s role in the global fisheries community and how commercial fishing and aquaculture are shaping Ireland’s future.

BI 199 Coastal Ecology of Ireland
Ireland is an island nation with a proud tradition of maritime explorers and innovators that stretches back to St. Brendan the Navigator. Ireland has 220 million acres of seabed, more than 10 times the size of Ireland itself. That means 90% of Ireland is underwater. This course will explore the importance of the seas surrounding Ireland with respect to history, biodiversity, sustainability and innovation. First we will investigate how the seas are intricately tied to Ireland’s history. We then examine the biodiversity and ecology of the waters surrounding and running through Ireland from trout to cod. Finally, we examine Ireland’s role in the global fisheries community and how commercial fishing and aquaculture are shaping Ireland’s future.

CJ 270 Crime and Punishment in the Emerald Isle 
This course will provide students with critical insight into the Irish criminal justice system and examine the dynamics of crime and punishment in Irish society. It will provide a historical overview of the development of the Irish criminal justice system and compare and contrast the Irish criminal justice system with other jurisdictions, particularly in relation to matters such as the role of the police, prosecutors and the courts. Students will have an opportunity to visit key institutions and meet the principals. The course will conclude with a critical analysis of some of the current issues affecting the Irish criminal justice system today.

CM 132 Irish Media: From Movies to Music
The rich cultural heritage and breathtaking natural beauty of Ireland has inspired many notable achievements in the media. At the same time, the Irish media operate in an increasingly interconnected international media environment. In this course, students will step outside their own popular culture and immerse themselves in that of Ireland. This experience will not only teach us about Ireland’s lively and varied media, but also provide valuable critical distance from our own media when we return home. The course will consider the Irish media from several perspectives, with a focus on the intersection of traditional Irish culture and the international media. Topics considered will include Irish cinema traditions, representations of Ireland and the Irish in American film, Irish language television, the impact of Irish television on its politics, and Irish popular music in the international context, among others. Students will get an insider’s look at the local music and media scenes.
CM 299 Photography & International Studies-Ireland
This course will enable students to explore the culture, place and people of Ireland using digital photography as our medium of expression. The course is designed to help students develop the skills, discipline and insights necessary to create documentary productions. The program will be run in a way similar to that of any major professional news organizations working on an assignment. Focus is placed on making strong visual images and developing photo essays. Emphasis will be placed on the ‘process’ of creating documentary work. This will encompass everything from preparation, gathering information, equipment, shooting the pictures, the importance of editing and learning to think on your feet. There will be daily assignments, in addition to individual projects determined by the student. At the end of every day there will be a critique & discussion about the day’s work. As a class, the collective goal will be to create a comprehensive portrait of areas we visited. Our ultimate goal will be to create photographs that affect others. As individuals, photography can give us a strong and important voice. Students must shoot digitally. Students will be required to bring all of their own camera equipment & a laptop with the appropriate software.

CM 384 Irish Cinema: Theory and Practice
This course is an opportunity for students to engage with both the study and production of Irish cinema. During the morning sessions, students will examine and explore the rich cultural history of Irish filmmaking as they screen and discuss movies from the 1930s to the current day. In the afternoons, students will learn the basics of video production and will work in teams to produce short video documentaries focusing on the town of Dingle and its surrounding community. No prior production experience is required.

ED 341/541 Irish and American Education in Comparative Perspective 
This course, based in the Gaeltacht region of West Kerry, compares the education system in Ireland with that of the United States. Topics addressed include curriculum and instruction, funding and governance, teacher preparation, multiculturalism, language policy, and contemporary school reform. Student will be introduced to the students and teachers of Dingle, Ireland and experience the Irish education system up-close and personal. You will observe classrooms in action, learn from Irish teachers and administrators, and meet teacher candidates and their professors. Open to all students in FCE teacher preparation programs, the course counts in lieu of Education in the United States, Multicultural Education, or an MAT elective. ED 402 for undergraduate credit or ED 502 for graduate credit.

ENG 259 Creative Writing Workshop in Ireland 
With the wild and beautiful landscape of Dingle as a backdrop, this course introduces students to writing in three major forms of fiction: poetry, the short story and drama. Field trips, guest speakers and writers, and other activities are integrated with daily writing assignments with attention to the creative preferences of the individual student. Workshop atmosphere allows peer interaction and frequent student/instructor consultation. 

ENG 299 The Roots of Irish Literature: Myths, Sagas and Folktales
Ireland’s rich storytelling tradition is one of the oldest in Europe, and many modern Irish writers find inspiration in the ancient myths, sagas and folktales. In this class, we will read a number of the ancient works, including stories from the Ulster and Fenian cycles of heroic tales, one of the most important voyage tales, and a number of folktales rooted in old myths. We will learn to identify the major themes and symbols found in these old stories and attempt to understand the cultural forces that shaped the tales. Finally, we will use our new understanding of the roots of Irish literature to think about how these hero tales, myths and legends have informed the modern storytelling culture.

EX 299 Health and Fitness: An Irish Perspective
During this course, students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast cultural differences between the North American and Ireland cultures as it pertains to health, fitness, activity patterns, medical care & health costs. Students will participate in at least one health promotion activity, hear from a guest speaker and/or visit the Irish Sports Council and the Irish Institute of Sport, and take advantage of daily fitness opportunities in County Kerry. 

GL 011 Introduction to Irish Language
Using the communicative method, this course will enable students to initiate simple conversations that elicit personal information as well as introduce a variety of topics of their choice. The emphasis is on developing communication skills to deal with immediate and daily situations and to give students the confidence to move on to less immediate things, such as talking about past and future events in greater detail. Points of grammar are included in the lesson notes, but are taught only when the student asks to have a phrase or change in form of word or sentence explained. The student will be encouraged to observe patterns emerging, for example in initial mutations and the lengthening of vowel sounds.

HI 255 Celtic and Irish History
This course begins with a survey of the ancient history of Celts in Europe, through the medieval tribes and migrations to present regions of Bretagne, Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. The survey will highlight the important places of memory, such as tombs, hill forts, monasteries, and cities, as well as mythology and heroes that have contributed to a distinctive culture still present in modern societies. It will also study the rise of Celtic Christianity and its unique contribution to Western Civilization. With a special focus on the Dingle Peninsula, and using local sources, events and sites to complement and illustrate the broader issues, the majority of the course will examine the modern political, economic, and social developments in Ireland, with a concentration on the nineteenth and twentieth century struggles for independence and modernization.

HI 257 History and Memory in Modern Ireland
Ireland has memories -- some some collective and others individual. It can trace its culture and identity from centuries of myth and history. Despite the limited size of Ireland, disputes about history seem to at times overwhelm agreements. This course will investigate some flashpoints: North and South, Catholic and Protestant, British and other non-Irish viewpoints and historical interpretation over time. Major events, such as the 1798 Rebellion, 19th-century land wars, 1916 Easter Rising, 1920-21 war of independence, and 1969 riots between Catholics and Protestants will show the interplay of history and memory. The revival of Irish music in the 1960s also underlines the role of memory for national and cultural identity.

HI 299 Thousands Are Sailing: The Irish at Home and Abroad, 1798-1921 
This course examines the complex cultural, political and economic relationship between the Irish in America and those they left behind from the Irish Rebellion of 1798 to the creation of the Irish Free State in 1921. Even as Irish immigrants struggled to survive and eventually succeed in 19th-century America, they remained tied to Ireland through their religion, politics and memories of home.

MK 299 Tourism and Marketing: A Study of Ireland
Worldwide tourism is continuing to grow and has been identified as a critical industry for the economies of many different countries, each linking their attractions primarily to cultural identities. Ireland is one of the leading tourist destinations and the country’s tourist leaders have developed this position over decades as Ireland relies heavily on revenue generated from this source. It is estimated that overseas visitor numbers reached 6.29 million in 2011, a 7% increase from 2010. How does Ireland go about creating their specific brand image in marketing Ireland as a ‘holiday destination’? How have they created the Irish mystique that attracts so many tourists each year? This class will explore these questions in developing a better understanding of tourism marketing and how Ireland has become a leader in this sector. The class will utilize a readings list, case studies, social media and site visits to explore this topic.

MU 106 Introduction to Irish Traditional Music
This course will provide students with a thorough overview of traditional Irish music, song and dance from their earliest references right up to today's influence on the world music stage. Aural as well as some basic traditional musicianship skills will be developed over the course of fifteen weeks. The students will experience firsthand the Irish music scene locally. Attendance at sessions and "céilís" will enable them to savor Traditional music in its natural social setting. The course will study the history and development of the tradition, while also ensuring the students gain a deeper understanding of this tradition by learning some practical skills.

NU 370 Nursing Leadership 
Taking a comparative perspective focusing on the American and Irish contexts, this course focuses on leadership and management activities integral to the provision of health care for individuals, families and/or communities. These activities require assessment, collaboration and evaluation. The ability to work and communicate with others is fundamental to these activities. The transition to the role of the professional nurse in the American and Irish contexts is also explored. Themes of the course are health care as a system, professionalism and the role of the nurse in the provision of cost-effective quality care. Concepts and theories of leadership and management are integrated. Students analyze the health care delivery system in the United States and Ireland and its relationship to the practice of nursing. Prerequisites: NU 340, NU 365

PO 299 The Politics of Northern Ireland: From Bloody Sunday to Good Friday
This course will give students an in-depth understanding of the complicated politics between Ireland, Northern Ireland and England. The course will touch on the historic oppression of the Irish and the subsequent methods used to effect political change. The formation of the IRA, The Easter Rebellion, the Irish Civil War, the “troubles” of the 1960s, the hunger strikers of the 1980s and the peace accords that are transforming a new generation will all be covered. There will be a special emphasis on local hunger striker and participant in the Easter Rebellion, Thomas Ashe, who was born in Kinard, Co. Kerry, and educated in Dingle. The course will include several field trips, including one to the Thomas Ashe Memorial at the Dingle Library. Through protest songs, poetry, diaries, essays and film the story of the Irish journey to peace will be examined. Students will reflect on their exploration of these complicated political issues in a daily blog as well as complete a research paper on a topic of their choosing upon their return.

PS 212 Abnormal Psychology 
Examines mental disorders or psychopathology, including possible causal factors of these disorders. The major classifications of disorders studied include both disorders primarily diagnosed during childhood, such as autism/autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and mental retardation, as well as disorders commonly diagnosed in adulthood, such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, etc. Prerequisite: PS 110

PS 252 Child Development 
Students will examine development from conception through childhood, including basic concepts and theories as applied to psychological processes of perception, cognition, social interactions, affective and moral development. Though the focus will be on traditional developmental topics, students will have the opportunity to explore the evolution of Irish perceptions of childhood and the structure of the family system during excursions in Dingle related to the course content. Particular attention will be given to the economic and social ramifications of the Celtic Tiger. The Celtic Tiger refers to the economic boom in Ireland during the mid 1990s that made it one of the richest countries in the world. The eventual economic collapse, circa 2008, impacted the lives of children and their families in various Irish communities. Emphasis on how changes to healthcare, technology, spirituality, children’s literature and the education system during this time will be discussed. In addition to fulfilling the requirements for PS 252 this course can also be taken as a psychology elective (PS 299). Prerequisite: PS 110

RS 299 Religion in Contemporary Ireland
This course will examine the complex and diverse factors involved in shaping the current reality of religion in Ireland. The changing face of the religious sensibility—new theologies, new spiritualities, new challenges—will be situated within the larger context of Irish history, the critical role of Catholicism as the principal cultural determinative, and the multi-cultural and multi-faith dimensions of twenty-first century Ireland.

RS 299 Irish Monasticism
In the 3rd and 4th centuries of the Common Era Christian monasticism begins to take shape in the deserts of Egypt and Syria as an ascetic movement responding to the perceived “worldliness” of the later Roman Empire. It is driven by the desire to live a simple life dedicated to the quest to fulfill the New Testament injunction: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5:48). The pursuit of holiness constituted the primary goal for all men and women who adopted this particular lifestyle. As the movement begins to migrate from east to west it encounters the organizational structures and hierarchies of a Church that is rising in power as the empire is crumbling. This encounter affects the way the tradition develops. Ireland, however, was never under Roman control and did not have the same level of ecclesiastical intrusion. The result was that when monasticism reaches its shores it takes on a character unlike the dominant mode established on the Continent. TRS299 Irish Monasticism seeks to provide some of the historical context and ideological and spiritual foundations that produce a practice that is markedly “Celtic.” We investigate the origins of the monastic movement overall and trace its journey to Ireland by engaging some of the people, texts, and ideas that influence its development and then spend some time examining Irish expressions of the monastic ideal.

SM 265 Sports Marketing
This course will serve as an introduction to the fascinating world of sport business and international marketing. Students will work on an innovative group marketing plan for a professional sports team from the Dingle and County Kerry region of Ireland. Additionally, students will interact with and visit a local school in Dingle. The stark contrast between Irish and American sports leagues will be identified and discussed. A strong focus will be placed upon both of the following: 1) marketing “of” various sports and sport products, and 2) marketing “through” sport - the latter of which will involve the use of sport as the vehicle to market non-sport products and services. The course may include site visits to related businesses, and key sport figures in Ireland will be brought into the class as guest speakers to supplement the course material. Course has not been designated, but there will be a mid- to upper-level business course offering.

SO 299 Gender and Sexuality in Modern Ireland
This course will provide an introduction to the study of gender and sexuality in Modern Ireland. Much of the history and contemporary state of gender and sexual relations in Ireland has been shaped by a wide Catholic presence in addition to a particularly strong nationalism that dictated the role of women in Irish society. Over the past 30 years, these arrangements have changed drastically, and questions of gender and sexuality have been the subject of much political controversy. Using a sociological lens we will explore these present debates regarding gender and sexuality, paying specific attention to the role of religion, ethnicity, nationalism and the state.

SO 299 Social Issues in Contemporary Ireland
The course focuses on important economic social, cultural, and political issues in contemporary Ireland, including poverty and socio-economic inequality within Irish society, multiculturalism and the changing demographics of Ireland's population and the challenges and impacts of globalization. Contemporary patterns of immigration and emigration, changing gender roles and relations and religion and secularization in Irish society are also explored.

SW 299 Irish Cultural Perspectives in Social Work Practice
This course will expose students to understanding the bio-psychosocial and spiritual approach to the professional helping process through the Irish perspective. Students will interact with Irish human service professionals, visit social service programs and agencies in Irish communities and learn about Ireland’s social service/welfare delivery system. Assignments will include learning about the Irish cultural heritage, typical Irish family dynamics, as well as developing interviewing and assessment skills through interactions with local residents. Students will also develop skills of cultural competence through interactions with local culturally diverse populations that seek refuge in Ireland.

THR 299 Special Topics: Irish Theatre in Dingle
This course provides students with an introduction to the development of theatre in Ireland from its roots in the oral tradition, through reference to the work of major figures such as Dion Boucicault, Oliver Goldsmith and Oscar Wilde and on to the Irish Literary Revival and the founding of our National Theatre, The Abbey. Particular attention would be focused on the work of JM Synge and that of WB Yeats, whose centenary we are celebrating this year. Students will study the texts of at least one of the plays of both Synge and Yeats. They will learn the socio-historical context, engage in script analysis, participate in scene study, and attend a live theater performance. The class will explore the links between Yeats, The Abbey Theatre and the Easter Rising of 1916 which eventually led to our independence from Britain and to the establishment of the Irish Republic.

TRS 271 Celtic Religious Traditions
The mythic history of Ireland and “beginning” of the Irish, and the traditions by which the Irish have come to identify themselves and give meaning to their world. Study of the religious function of social institutions; gods, goddesses and ruling powers; holy places; feasting and sacrifice; spirits and ancestors; and the other world.

TRS340/PH 353 Bioethics: Philosophical Perspectives
This course will examine the ethical and legal issues surrounding abortion, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, genetic cloning, genetic therapy/enhancement, genetic patenting and healthcare allocation.