Study Abroad in Limerick, Ireland

Study Abroad in Limerick: Courses

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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. Some courses may require an additional fee for field trips.

IRISH STUDIES PROGRAM

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.

English 232/EH4900 (3) | Creative Writing

This module will focus on both an analysis of effective technique in short-story writing and a practical application of these techniques to the studentsí own work. Students will also benefit from the advice and guidance of a visiting established short-story writer, who will be available for seminar and workshop sessions with students.

Film/Cultural Studies 333/HU5033 (3) | Sacred Space: Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Ireland on Screen

This summer-school module will offer visiting students an overview of how and why Ireland has been represented as an otherworldly location in popular culture. Landscape, ethnography, and visual culture come together on this course, in which the students will examine why Ireland is so often used as a backdrop to films. Students will learn about the history of Ireland and representations of Irishness. A class on stereotypes and film tropes will illustrate how these conventions produce meaning in a film. Combining this knowledge of Ireland and visual literacy, the students shall then consider four separate Irish film locations: The North, Kerry and The Skelligs, the Cliffs of Moher and Dublin City. They will see how multi-layered understandings of culture, landscape and film technique produce entertaining and yet complex readings of sacred, spiritual and alien worlds. The module will include a trip to The Skelligs in Kerry, location of the Star Wars films The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Law 341/LA4000 (3) | Terrorism, Crime and Justice

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.

Literature/Social History 331/HU5000 (3) | Irish life and Literature

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 ĎIreland 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 Irelandís traditional culture with particular reference to folklore, music and song.

Literature 335/EH4903 (3) | Representations of Irish Myths and Legends

This module will offer a survey of elements that make up Irish myths, legends and folklore. Students will explore these elements through analyzing their use in a range of well-known stories, childrenís literature, films and media. Students will identify a wide range of interlinked and reworked narratives in an enquiry into how they have influenced the international and domestic understanding of Irish identity. Students will expand their knowledge of mythology and will be able to appreciate Irelandís literary and cultural history more fully. Students will improve their understanding of how these traditions have influenced the construction of Irishness.

Sociology 335/HU5013 (3) | Sociological Perspectives on Irish Society

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.

BUSINESS PROGRAM

This course is offered by the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick. KBS is one of Irelandís leading business schools offering a wide range of business and managment education.

Finance/FI4000 (3) | International Financial Markets and Trading

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.

HEALTH CARE PROGRAM

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 studentsí 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. Please note that this course is graded on a pass/fail basis. No letter grade will be awarded.

Health Care/NM4000 (3) | Developing Self as a Health Care Practitioner Through Celtic Spirituality

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.

SPORTS SCIENCE PROGRAM

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.

Physical Education and Sports Sciences 312/BR4081 (3) | Active Body, Active Mind: Integrating Theory into Practice

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.