AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Limerick, Ireland
Fall 2016 and Spring 2017
Course Descriptions


Students can choose up to 5 courses. AIFS students can select courses from the University of Limerick’s full curriculum. Prerequisites may be required for some courses.

You can see the full list of courses available to AIFS students on the University of Limerick website. Please note that courses are subject to change.

The most popular courses selected by previous AIFS students have included:

Course Code and Credits: Biology 220 (BY 3915) (3) fall only
Course Title: General Microbiology
Course Description:
This course will cover fundamental aspects of the structure, growth, replication and significance of major groups of bacteria and viruses. Nutritional and physical requirements for growth, propagation and measurement of growth as well as procedures for killing microbes will be dealt with. Students will be introduced to the significance of microbiology to industry and disease. In practical sessions students will learn aseptic technique, basic skills in handling, culture and isolation of bacteria, routine growth, replication and significance of major groups of bacteria and viruses.
Course Code and Credits: Cultural Studies 301 (CU 4026) (3) spring only
Course Title: How to Read a Film
Course Description:
This module introduces students to the field of film studies, giving them the theoretical tools to analyze film. It will make the distinction between knowing a lot about films and being able to address the question what is cinema? To this end the course will examine the techniques of film, critical approaches and how major theoretical movements have been applied to this field.
Course Code and Credits: Cultural Studies 314 (CU 4121) (3) fall only
Course Title: Introduction to New Media and Cultural Studies
Course Description:
This module introduces students to the fields of cultural studies to develop an understanding of culture from a European perspective. Areas covered include; the concept of culture, the English language tradition, German theories of culture, French theories of culture, gender and race, psychoanalysis, and culture and communication. Tutorials will take the theoretical aspects and apply them to present day cultural phenomena.
Course Code and Credits: Cultural Studies 318 (CU 4118) (3) spring only
Course Title: European Cinema
Course Description:
Students will study films from different countries for the ways in which they inform the European tradition. Lectures will cover different periods of European Cinema; Weimer cinema, Italian neo-realism, French New Wave and New German cinema. The tutorials will study individual films from the weekly screenings and apply theoretical approaches such as genre, auteur and image analysis.
Course Code and Credits: Equine Science 312 (EV 4012) (3) spring only
Course Title: Equine Anatomy and Physiology
Course Description:
Introduces students to the fundamental concepts of Equine Anatomy and Physiology. The anatomy of the horse is discussed with reference to musculoskeletal structure and organs, the main systems of the horse; digestive, respiratory, circulatory (including lymphatics); reproductive (including embryology and physiology of reproduction); urinary; nervous and immune. Consideration is also given to the theoretical background to the use and operation of modern diagnostic/treatment equipment such as X-ray, ECG, ultrasound, laser and fiber optic based devices.
Course Code and Credits: Equine Science 321 (EV 4021) (3) fall only
Course Title: Equine Health and Environmental Management
Course Description:
Describe the features of health in horses and the factors that contribute to disease. Summarizes the causes and effects of infectious and non-infectious agents on the health of the horses. Evaluates the relative contributions of the environment as a predisposing factor to disease in the domestic horse.
Course Code and Credits: History 302 (HI 4102) (3) spring only
Course Title: Ireland: Revolution and Independence 1898-1968
Course Description:
History of how Ireland emerged from the British Empire in the years following 1898. Topics include the importance of the Boer War on Ireland, resurgence of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, rise of Sinn Fein, Larkin and the Union Movement, Connolly and Irish Socialism, 1916 Rising, War of Independence, Civil War and Partition, Ireland during and after the Second World War, the declaration of the Republic, Civil Rights and the origins of the modern “Troubles”.
Course Code and Credits: History 307 (HI 4082) (3) spring only
Course Title: Europe: Society and Governance
Course Description:
War, revolution, restoration 1914-24; democracy/dictatorship and war 1924-44; American money and reconstruction; decadent decade depression and sobriety; political mobilization and violence; authority restored; conservatism/fascism/Stalinism; the twenty-year crisis: international relations; the Nazi new order and total war; Holocaust; reconstruction and Cold War; 1945: Europe’s ‘zero hour’ re-establishing order: the European economy and culture; the ‘second sex’: youth, political protest and cultural revolt; the post-post war society and state; rebuilding the European house: Thatcher and Gorbachev; race, ethnicity, and memory; after the Wall: the return of ‘Europe’.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 315 (EH 4145) (3) fall only
Course Title: American Literature
Course Description:
A study of major texts in American literature, 17th century to present day; concepts of colonial and post-colonial writing; the relationship between literature and history; issues of language and identity.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 317 (EH 4148) (3) spring only
Course Title: Science Fiction: Literature and Film
Course Description:
In this module, students engage with key science fiction texts and critical statements on the genre. Science Fiction’s aesthetic forms and historical development are examined to discern its complex and multifaceted relationships to contemporary society. Through various methods, students will attend to the ways in which Western (especially Anglo-American) economy, politics and culture inform and shape specific texts and will explore how Science Fiction shapes and critiques societies in which its producers and readers live.
Course Code and Credits: Management 316 (MG 4035) (3) fall only
Course Title: International Management
Course Description:
The domain of international management, concepts of industry, location and specific advantage models of cross-border business, managing multinationals, mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances, international business networks, coordinating international value chains, extended supply chain management, technology diffusion, subsidiary initiatives, political and cross-cultural issues, managing in developing countries.
Course Code and Credits: Marketing 302 (MK 4002) (3) spring only
Course Title: Marketing
Course Description:
This module is designed to introduce students to the philosophy and historical underpinnings of marketing. As such, it will help students to position marketing both as an organizational discipline and as a societal force. The module will trace the development of marketing as a business philosophy and will assess the role of marketing within the business organization. Students will also explore what it means for organizations to be market-led. Finally, the module will delineate the rights and responsibilities of marketers and customers, and identify the role and impact of marketing in society.
Course Code and Credits: Psychology 310 (PS 4022) (3)fall only
Course Title: Psychology of Personality
Course Description:
Enables students to understand how the field of psychology has approached the topic of personality and develop knowledge of the ways personality and individual difference, intelligence and aptitude are constructed and tested in psychology. Personality is a collection of emotion, thought and behavior patterns that are unique to an individual. Through a series of lectures and practical tutorial sessions, topics relevant to the psychology of personality will be explored; including defining personality, temperament, aptitude and difference; personality and intelligence testing; and models including factorial models, typologies and circumplexes.
Course Code and Credits: Psychology 314 (PS 4031) (3) fall only
Course Title: Psychology and Everyday Life
Course Description:
This module will introduce students to a range of fundamental theoretical perspectives and issues in general psychology through examining their relevance in everyday life. Through exploring everyday issues students will not only learn about theoretical perspectives but will also gain a basic knowledge of how psychology may be applied. In addition, through exploring some key studies in psychology, students will gain a basic understanding of the main investigative techniques used by psychologists. The range of topics will include; definitions of psychology; attachment; sleep, eating, aggression and biological basis of behavior.
Course Code and Credits: Psychology 315 (PS 4032) (3) spring only
Course Title: Psychology and Social Issues
Course Description:
This course will explore a range of contemporary social issues bringing to bear upon them the methods and theoretical perspectives of psychology in an attempt to better understand their causes and consequences. Using the social issue as a focus, students will gain insight into the discipline of psychology and engage in debating and evaluating the theory and method of psychology. Through a psychological analysis of the causes and consequences of social issues students will gain insight into how these issues might be resolved. Issues covered will include; the media and human behavior; social conflict; the use and abuse of power; sex and sexuality; society and mental health; social inclusion and exclusion; bullying at work; equality and advocacy; parenting and childcare; the environment.
Course Code and Credits: Psychology 320 (PS 4035)(3) fall only
Course Title: Biological Basis of Human Behavior
Course Description:
Students will learn about the role of the brain and the central nervous system in human behavior. This module addresses the structure and function of the mammalian nervous system with an emphasis on specialized topics, including the biological bases of the chemical senses, sleep and dreaming, learning and memory, emotions, sexual behavior, stress, and psychiatric disorders.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 301 (SO 4001) (3) fall only
Course Title: Introduction to Sociology
Course Description:
This module aims to introduce students to the subject matter of contemporary sociology. It will familiarize students with the key concepts used within sociological analysis and demonstrate, using illustrative materials, the uses and importance of sociological analysis in the modern and post-modern world.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 318 (WS 4011) (3) spring only
Course Title: Feminist Perspectives: An Introduction
Course Description:
The nature of women’s studies; an introduction to the main theoretical frameworks (viz Liberal; Radical; Psychoanalysis; Marxist and socialist; Existentialist and post-modern); exploration of topics (paid work; motherhood; violence etc.) in the context of these frameworks; a critical evaluation of multifactorial frameworks and their relevance in understanding the position of women in Irish society.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 319 (S0 4033) (3) fall only
Course Title: Sociology of Media
Course Description:
Sociology and the analysis of media and communications; The Conflict Perspective: Ideological analyses of the media; The Interactionist Perspective: Analyses of message production; Users and Gratification’s and Reception Analysis approaches to the Media Audience; The Politics of the Popular: TV Drama and the coverage of social issues with specific reference to Feminist Perspectives on the media. Media Representation of the Economy: The work of the Glasgow Media Group; Media Representation of Poverty and Inequality; Media Globalization: More Choice or Just More Channels.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 320 (S0 4032) (3) spring only
Course Title: Introduction to Sociology 2
Course Description:
Aims to better acquaint students with the discipline and field of sociology, including the work of contemporary sociologists, and to provide them with strong foundation of knowledge in preparation for further sociology modules. In addition to enhancing students’ awareness and understanding of key sociological theories, concepts and issues, this module is oriented to developing students’ ability to use sociology as an analytical tool. Finally, this module also seeks to promote valuable skills in critical thinking, writing, referencing, and research.

Irish Studies Courses

This multi-disciplinary program provides a comprehensive overview of Irish life and culture including Irish language and literature, history, folklore, traditional music, politics and sociology. Scheduling is organized so that conflicts are unlikely for students pursuing these courses.

Course Code and Credits: Gaelic 101 (GA 4115) (3) fall only
Course Title: Irish Language – Elementary Level
Course Description:
Vocabulary, verbal forms and syntactical patterns used frequently in conversational Irish. History of the Irish language and an introduction to early Irish literature.
Course Code and Credits: Gaelic 201 (GA 4116) (3) spring only
Course Title: Irish Language – Intermediate Level
Course Description:
Based on texts and other materials used in Irish post-primary schools. Content includes aspects of Irish culture.
Course Code and Credits: Geography 312 (GY 4018) (3) spring only
Course Title: Historical/Cultural Geography of Ireland
Course Description:
Interpretation of cultural markers. Study themes of decoding the landscape, names of places, signatures and people, signs and symbols, landscape as a clue to culture, seeing things and history matters.
Course Code and Credits: History 303 (HI 4053) (3) fall only
Course Title: Ireland: 1750-1850
Course Description:
Discusses Ireland’s diverse societies, economies and cultures; the disunited kingdom and discontented colony. The modernization of industry, breaking and making of the union as well as Anglicization 1750-1914 and the failure of economic capacity through to the triumph of capitalism will be examined.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 301 (EH 4111) (3) fall only
Course Title: The Irish Literary Revival
Course Description:
Examines Irish writing in English at a crucial stage in its development. It concentrates on poetry and drama with special attention to the work of W.B. Yeats; the fiction-writing tradition is also studied. Background and context form an integral part of the course.
Course Code and Credits: Literature/Sociology 307 (GA 4105) (3)
Course Title: Irish Folklore
Course Description:
Definitions of folklore, collection and classification, verbal arts, minor genres, storytelling and narrative genres, indigenous and international tale types in Ireland, customs and beliefs.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 316 (EH 4126) (3) spring only
Course Title: Imagined Spaces: Irish Cultural Texts
Course Description:
Provides a critical and theoretical examination of Irish culture (both literary and media) ranging from early 20th century efforts to create an “Irish national culture” to contemporary ways of imagining contemporary Irish identities within culture.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 318 (EH 4116) (3) spring only
Course Title: Contemporary Irish Writing in English
Course Description:
Contemporary Irish writing as it relates to the literary scene of the early part of the century. Major literary, political and social forces that helped shape it since then. Selections from contemporary poetry, drama and fiction.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 320 (EH 4158) (3) fall only
Course Title: From James Joyce to Maeve Brennan: 20th Century Irish Fiction
Course Description:
The intersection of Irish cultural and social identities and the texts of James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, Franc O’Connor, Kate O’Brien and their less well known counterparts such as the recently rediscovered Maeve Brennan is addressed. The efforts to create an “Irish national culture” in the period will be examined through contemporary perspectives in literary and cultural theory.
Course Code and Credits: Music 309 (MU 4135) (3) fall only
Course Title: Irish Traditional Music I
Course Description:
Sources of traditional music in Ireland, composition and improvisation as creative process, dance music tradition, tune types, instruments, stylistic features, contemporary developments, changing concepts of harmony, emergence of formal group playing and dynamics by incorporating practical instruction in traditional music, dance and song performance.
Course Code and Credits: Music 322 (MU 4136) (3) spring only
Course Title: Irish Traditional Music II
Course Description:
Regional styles in instrumental and vocal traditions in Irish song tradition—repertoire and style, tradition and change in the music of the Irish harp, traditional music and society in contemporary Ireland. Practical instruction in traditional music, dance and/or song performance.
Course Code and Credits: Political Science 311 (PO 4013) (3) spring only
Course Title: Government and Politics of Ireland
Course Description:
Economic, social and political change, political culture, constitutional development, evolution of the party system, electoral behavior, social bases of party support and an overview of principal political institutions including the presidency, oireachtas, government, taoiseach and civil service.
Course Code and Credits: Political Science 315 (PO 4015) (3) spring only
Course Title: Government and Politics of the Eurpean Union
Course Description:
Development of the European Community/European Union (EC/EU) as a political system from the aftermath of the Second World War until the Maastricht Treaty. The institutional system of the EC/EU including the decision-making procedures, the interaction between the EC/EU and the politico-administrative systems of the member states and the ongoing debate on institutional reform in the EC/EU.
Course Code and Credits: Political Science 323 (PO 4023 (3) fall only
Course Title: Comparative European Politics
Course Description:
Introduction to comparative European politics, a basic understanding of the organization of European governmental systems, the role of political parties, party families, voting behavior, majoritarian and consensual democracies and the politics of individual European states.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 326 (SO 4016) (3) spring only
Course Title: Issues in Contemporary Irish Society
Course Description:
Power, control and legitimacy in Irish society, social differentiation, the media and social control and processes of empowerment, forms of social conflict, dispute processing, dispute context and the public sphere.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 327 (SO 4078) (3) spring only
Course Title: Inequality and Social Exclusion
Course Description:
Introduces students to the dynamics and processes implicit to inequality and social exclusion. Further, to make them aware of the complexity of the conceptualization and operationalization of equality and social exclusion. At the end of the module students will be able to apply their understanding of both concepts to key substantive areas in Irish society.

University of Limerick Practicum: Service Learning in Ireland (3)

The Civic Engagement Office at the University of Limerick has developed a program of credit-bearing service learning opportunities for students focusing on community projects in which students, UL academic staff and community partners work together to focus on an area of need within the local community.

  1. Community oriented research, training for team building, project planning and management. Students will also receive information on the social, cultural and historical realities of the host community as part of this training.
  2. A service placement or project field work under the guidance of a UL academic alongside group discussions and guided reflection.
  3. Evaluation sessions with UL staff and community partners to access the project’s progress and ensure where possible a sustainable future for the project.

Recent projects have included ‘Understanding Irishness’ which examined the experiences of English immigrants in Ireland as part of a wider research project investigating Irish emigration, immigration and identity. Practicum activities included: facilitating focus groups and interviewing; project planning and team work. Student researchers collaborated with Migrant Hub and the Intercultural and Diversity Education Center.

Interested students can apply for a relevant service learning opportunity after their arrival in Ireland.

Additional courses


  • Accounting 301 (AC 4001) fall only (3), Principles of Accounting
  • Accounting 302 (AC 4002) spring only (3), Managerial Accounting
  • Economics 304 (EC 4004) fall only (3), Economics for Business
  • Economics 306 (EC4101) fall only (3), Microeconomics
  • Economics 307 (EC 4102) spring only (3), Macroeconomics
  • Mathematics 302 (MA 4102) spring only (3), Business Mathematics

Health Sciences

  • Physiotherapy 301 (PY 4001) fall only (3), Human Anatomy 1
  • Physiotherapy 312 (PY 4012) spring only (3), Physiotherapy, Theory and Practice
  • Physiotherapy 313 (PY 4033) fall only (3), Essential Respiratory Care
  • Physiotherapy 324 (PY 4034) spring only (3), Psychology for Physiotherapists


  • Biology 301 (BY 4001) fall only (3), Biology 1
  • Biology 305 (BY 4505) spring only (3), Pollution Biology
  • Biology 315 (BY 4215) fall only (3), Soil Science
  • Chemistry 305 (CH 4054) spring only (3), Introductory Physical Chemistry
  • Chemistry 307 (CH 4701) fall only (3), General Chemistry
  • Physics 302 (PH 4022) spring only (3), Introductory Physics
  • Physics 303 (PH 4031) fall only (3), Physics for General Science

Unique Course Offerings

The University of Limerick is the only Irish university to offer these subjects at the undergraduate level:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Equine Science
  • Insurance
  • Physical Education and Sports Science
  • Public Administration

Students wishing to take Equine and Sports Science or Physical Education classes must meet with the Course Leader upon arrival at the University. This meeting is arranged for you by the International Education Division to determine if you are eligible to enroll for particular classes.

Other available areas of study include architecture, journalism, nursing and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).