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.


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 students’ 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) | Screening Ireland: Ireland in Film and Television

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.

Law 340/LA4090 (3) | Historical Perspectives of Justice in Ireland: Folk Devils,
Fornicators and Families

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 (‘folkdevils’), 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.

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 ‘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.

Literature 335/HU3350 (3) | Irish Myths and Legends

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.

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.

Theater 320/HU5043 (3) | Modern Irish Theater

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.


This course is offered by the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick. KBS is one of Ireland’s 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.


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. 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.


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.