AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Limerick, Ireland
Summer 2018
Course Descriptions


All courses are taught in English. Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Choose one course.

Courses may change at the discretion of the University of Limerick.


Students must choose one of the following courses, each of which meets for a total of 45 hours. A minimum enrollment of 10 participants/students is required to confirm each course.

Course Code and Credits: Art History 337/HU5002 (3)
Course Title: Visual Culture in Ireland: 1400-1950
Course Description:
This option is relevant to students of history, art and film studies, covering the development of Irish and European art from the medieval to the modern (content, style, conventions, education and the influence of travel).
Course Code and Credits: Film/Cultural Studies 333/HU5033 (3)
Course Title: Screening Ireland: Ireland in Film and Television
Course Description:
Topics included are: representation of Ireland in film and documentary; sociology of Irish media; television and the representation of gender, ethnicity and class; contemporary Irish film and sociolinguistics of Irish television.
Course Code and Credits: Law 340/LA4090 (3)
Course Title: Historical Perspectives of Justice in Ireland: Folk Devils,
Fornicators and Families
Course Description:

This course will take students on a fascinating journey exploring the historical development of three selected pillars/ themes of justice in Ireland: punishment, sexuality and families.

Students will investigate the historical development of punishment in Ireland (‘folk-devils’), the historical regulation of sexual behavior and offending (‘fornicators’) and the historical evolution of family justice in Ireland (‘families’). Ireland’s historically low crime rates will be juxtaposed with the historically high level of control exerted over other members of society, such as unmarried mothers, those suffering mental illness, debtors and children. This course promises to deliver a distinctive learning experience for all students who will gain a deep insight into the historical context in which justice policy within these specific pillars/themes was not only constructed, but also developed and ultimately applied.

Course Code and Credits: Law 341/LA4000 (3)
Course Title: Terrorism, Crime and Justice
Course Description:
Terrorism undoubtedly represents one of the most challenging international crimes in contemporary times. The exponential growth of terror cells and sophisticated international criminal networks is recognized as one of the defining features of the twenty-first century thus far. In light of these developments, this course will introduce students to the criminal justice system and theories relating to crime and terrorism. Students will learn about the practical operation of the criminal justice system, as well as being introduced to theoretical perspectives on criminal justice, including criminological and penological theories. In particular, drawing on the Irish experience, students will be provided with an insight into trends and theories on terrorism.
Course Code and Credits: Literature/Social History 331/HU5000 (3)
Course Title: Irish life and Literature
Course Description:
Comprises three linked streams that analyze and contextualize the culture, history and traditions of modern Ireland. The first stream utilizes an autobiographical approach to examine the distinctive features of Irish writing in English. This in-depth assessment of writers and their work is complemented by the second stream, entitled ‘Ireland during the 19th and 20th centuries, which surveys the most important social, political and economic developments of the period. The final stream will concentrate on Ireland’s traditional culture with particular reference to folklore, music and song.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 335/HU3350 (3)
Course Title: Irish Myths and Legends
Course Description:
The earliest Irish literatures describe legendary figures on heroic quests and adventures. These tales were drawn upon to establish the foundations and influence the evolutions of Irish identity, and they continue to shape Ireland’s cultural, political, and literary movements today. In this broad-based course we will examine examples of Irish myth and legend drawn from literature, film and media, and ranging from pre-Christian to contemporary texts. We will consider the enduring importance of Irish myth and legend, and the persistence of these themes in contemporary society.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 335/HU5013 (3)
Course Title: Sociological Perspectives on Irish Society
Course Description:
For students of sociology, social anthropology, social policy and cultural studies. Topics include globalization and social change, mass media, immigration and racism, gender, exclusion and inequality.
Course Code and Credits: Theater 320/DT (TBC) (3)
Course Title: Modern Irish Theater
Course Description:
A survey of Irish theater from the beginning of the Irish Literary Theater in 1899, to 1999. Playwrights examined will include Yeats, Lady Gregory, Synge, O’Casey, Behan, Beckett, Friel, McPherson, Carr and McDonagh. This course will provide an introduction to Irish drama in the 20th Century as well as explore the relationship of Irish nationalism and Irish theater. As part of this program students will attend professional theater productions in Dublin and Galway as well as visit historical literary sites.


The Kemmy Business School: Summer School in Responsible Business offers two modules under the unifying theme of ‘Responsible Business.’ Students choose one 3-credit module from the following options:
Course Code and Credits: Finance/FI4000 (3)
Course Title: International Financial Markets and Trading
Course Description:
Introduces students to international financial markets with an emphasis on the investment decision process as framed by behavioral finance. Students will experience active investment trading using the bespoke KBS Trading Floor. Using software on the Trading Floor, they will develop an appreciation of key financial and economic data, reflect on the importance of individual and corporate responsibility and have the opportunity to gain Bloomberg Certification, a qualification which is internationally recognized. The module is delivered through workshops, lectures and time on the Trading Floor. Students will experience a commanding view of the global financial area using real time trading and investment software. The practical investment aspects will be supported by an overview of the changing landscape of international financial markets and institutions, with an emphasis on behavioral finance, ethical finance and responsible business. Topics may include: behavioral finance and human judgement; ethical investment choices; market risk; financial deregulation; compliance and governance.
Course Code and Credits: Finance/AC4000 (3)
Course Title: Corporate Social Responsibility
Course Description:
Suitable for both business and non-business majors, this module examines important concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and how these may be applied practically to the 21st century workplace. Students will cover the evolution of CSR and develop an understanding of how ethical standards link to sustainability and best practice in business. The module covers the history, origins and meaning of CSR; the forces driving it to prominence; frameworks for ethical decision-making in a business context; the business and moral cases for CSR. It also examines CSR in the context of global issues such as climate change, corruption, taxation, globalization, stakeholder engagement, environmental crises, labor issues, global supply chain management, water, poverty, human rights, the circular economy, NGO-partnering, disaster-management, biodiversity and cultural differences. Students become familiar with the main international standards in CSR with a particular focus on UNGC, GRI and ISO260000, and are exposed to the best and worst practice in reporting and compliance.


This program is offered by the Department of Nursing and Midwifery which is part of the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences (EHS). The department provides a rich, collaborative and engaging learning environment, which supports students’ personal, professional and academic developments. The Department also supports learning and research for the purpose of shaping health care delivery and influencing health policy and practice.
Course Code and Credits: Health Care/NM4001 (3)
Course Title: Developing Self as a Health Care Practitioner Through Celtic Spirituality
Course Description:
This module explores the psychological, sociological, cultural and spiritual elements towards personal development of a health care practitioner. The course attracts participants of all ages and from a variety of health care backgrounds such as psychology, clinical therapy, medicine, etc. with a goal of developing and transforming themselves as professionals, within the complexity of contemporary health care practice. This module provides opportunities for participants to draw upon their individual experiences and beliefs and values underpinning health care delivery and to strategize individual and collaborative approaches within contemporary health care practice. Interactive learning environments including classroom dialogue, cultural heritage excursions and a program of clinical site visits will give students context and real life experience of the health care system in Ireland.


This program is designed to enable students to evaluate the importance of health for optimal learning, educational achievement and personal development and appreciate the relationship between an active body and active mind. Through engaging in diverse learning strategies that include practical learning as well as the more traditional lecture and tutorial format, students will experience first-hand the interplay of physical, mental, social and emotional dimensions of learning for health.
Course Code and Credits: Physical Education and Sports Sciences 312/BR4081 (3)
Course Title: Active Body, Active Mind: Integrating Theory into Practice
Course Description:
Students will be provided with content and opportunities that allow them to engage in physical activity in a fun, creative, challenging and social context. Through the introduction of different physical activities using the UL campus environment (e.g., team challenges, orienteering, walking), students will become aware of the common currency of physical activity not only from a group perspective but also with respect to the level of autonomy individuals have in determining their own active lifestyles. Behavioral change models (e.g., the Transtheoretical Model/Stages of Change Model) provide the framework for students to conceptualize and measure active lifestyles of the student population as well as their own.

New courses coming in 2018!

Including a planned "Gaelic Games" module. More information coming soon.