AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Limerick, Ireland
Fall 2019 and Spring 2020
Course Descriptions


Choose up to 5 courses. AIFS students can choose any course from across the entire UL curriculum provided that prerequisites are met. Some of the most popular courses chosen by AIFS students are shown below. For a full and current list of available courses contact the AIFS Admissions Officer or visit the University of Limerick website.

University of Limerick course numbers are shown in parentheses after the American equivalent. Recommended credits are shown in parentheses.

International Program

Course Code and Credits: Cultural Studies 301 (CU 4026) (3) spring only
Course Title: How to Read a Film
Course Description:
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:
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: Equine Science xxx (EV 4012) (3) spring only
Course Title: Equine Anatomy and Physiology
Course Description:
Course description coming soon.
Course Code and Credits: Engineering 301 (CE 4047) (3) fall only
Course Title: Wind, Ocean and Hydro Energy
Course Description:
The purpose of this module is to introduce civil engineering and energy students to national and EU policy, resource assessment, conversion principles and electricity generation potential associated with renewable energy generated from wind, ocean and hydro resources. This will equip students with the knowledge and analytical skills necessary to advise on their appropriate use at specific sites.
Course Code and Credits: History 302 (HI 4102) (3) spring only
Course Title: Ireland: Revolution and Independence 1898-1968
Course Description:
Topics include the importance of the Boer War on Ireland, resurgence of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, rise of Sinn Féin, 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:
The module covers a range of themes and topics including democracy/dictatorship and war 1924-44; American money and reconstruction; the twenty-year crisis: international relations; the Nazi new order and total war; Holocaust; 1945: Europe’s ‘zero hour’ re-establishing order: the European economy and culture; the ‘second sex’: youth, political protest and cultural revolt; rebuilding the European house: Thatcher and Gorbachev; after the Wall: the return of ‘Europe’.
Course Code and Credits: History 308 (HI 4142) (3) spring only
Course Title: Game of Thrones: Gender, Power and Identity in Ireland and the Wider World 1500-1950
Course Description:
Examines conflict, power and identity in Ireland, Europe and the wider world in the early modern and modern periods. Its purpose is to examine power and conflict in past societies, and the impact violence and unrest had on men and women, families, localities, states and continents. The module will introduce students to key concepts including gender, representations of power and identity.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 313 (EH 4017) (3) fall only
Course Title: Contemporary African Literature in English
Course Description:
Examines the literary representation of violence by authors writing across the African continent today. Specifically, our analyses of selected works and writers will explore the following themes: 1. how attempts toward the national catharsis of post-genocide Rwanda and post-apartheid South Africa have been unsuccessful in ridding the two countries of cruelty and bloodshed; 2. how child soldiers come to terms with their violent and violated childhood while struggling to reinvent themselves in the midst of ruined societies; 3. how anti-colonial liberation warfare is remembered and informs contemporary identity struggles; and 4. how the memory of slavery informs the desire for rootedness and home. We will read novels, autobiographies, and hybrid texts, alongside watching films and reviewing key essays in the field of African literature.
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:
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) spring only
Course Title: Psychology of Personality
Course Description:
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. In addition 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:
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; the use and abuse of power; sex and sexuality; society and mental health; bullying at work; equality and advocacy; parenting and childcare.
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 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 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 319 (S0 4033) (3) fall only
Course Title: Sociology of Media
Course Description:
Themes and topics covered in this module include: Sociology and the analysis of media and communications; 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.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 320 (SO 4032) (3) spring only
Course Title: Introduction to Sociology 2
Course Description:
Includes the work of contemporary sociologists, and provides students with a strong foundation of knowledge in preparation for further sociology modules. 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.
Course Code and Credits: Sports Science 301 (BR 4081) (3) fall only
Course Title: Active Body, Active Mind
Course Description:
Through the introduction of different physical activities using the UL campus environment (e.g., team challenges, orienteering, walking, aquatics, sports and dance) students will become aware of the common currency of physical activity. In addition to enhancing their physical health, the module will also challenge students to become critically aware of their learning styles, their personal study habits and the link between physical activity and improved motivation and learning success.
Course Code and Credits: Teaching and Learning 301 (BR 4001) (3) fall only
Course Title: Social and Civic Engagement
Course Description:
Focuses on self-development and the key graduate attributes through a process of self-directed learning and collaborative projects. Students will develop personal and academic curiosity through live projects both within UL and in the community with opportunities to demonstrate strong links with the Civic Engagement Office. Students will develop skills in leadership and critical analysis in relation to how they can impact on their community in a regional and national level. The campaign element of the module would involve research in an area of social importance (with a focus on students) such as road safety, mental health, sexual health, social responsibility, alcohol awareness, drug abuse, equality and many more working with the Students Union on the many issues and campaigns they take on.

Irish Studies 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: 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 4036) (3) spring only
Course Title: Irish Literature 1930-1990
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: 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: Political Science 315 (PO 4015) (3) fall only
Course Title: Government and Politics of the European Union
Course Description:
Topics and themes covered include the 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; the politico-administrative systems of the member states; 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 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.

Each Service Learning opportunity is made of up of 3 parts:

  • 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.
  • A service placement or project field work under the guidance of a UL academic alongside group discussions and guided reflection.
  • 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 include: 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.

Other available courses listed below


  • Accounting 301 (AC 4001) (3) fall only, Principles of Accounting
  • Accounting 302 (AC 4002) (3) spring only, Managerial Accounting
  • Economics 304 (EC 4004) (3) spring only, Economics for Business
  • Economics 306 (EC 4101) (3) fall only, Microeconomics
  • Economics 307 (EC 4102) (3) spring only, Macroeconomics
  • Mathematics 302 (MA 4102) (3) spring only, Business Mathematics

Health Sciences

  • Nursing and Midwifery xxx (NM 4141) (3) fall only, Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
  • Nursing xxx (NS 4022) (3) spring only, Pharmacology of Nurses and Midwives
  • Physiotherapy xxx (PY 4123) (3) fall only, Instructional Alignment in Physical Education
  • Physiotherapy xxx (PY 4102) (3) spring only, Introduction to Fundamental Motor Skills


As part of the Generation Study Abroad initiative, the University of Limerick is offering 100 scholarships per year for five years to study abroad students with STEM majors. For further information on this initiative and how to apply for this scholarship, please see

  • Biology 301 (BY 4001) (3) fall only, Biology 1
  • Biology 305 (BY 4505) (3) fall only, Pollution Biology
  • Biology xxx (BY 4014) (3) spring only, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Chemistry 305 (CH 4054) (3) spring only, Introductory Physical Chemistry
  • Chemistry 307 (CH 4701) (3) fall only, General Chemistry
  • Physics 302 (PH 4022) (3) spring only, Introductory Physics
  • Physics 303 (PH 4031) (3) fall only, 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).

Academic Support

Students have access to a Writing Center offering workshops to enhance writing skills such as thinking and writing critically and Study Skills Workshops including: note taking; exam scheduling and preparation; time management; presentation skills; summary writing and essay planning.