AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Limerick, Ireland
Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
Course Descriptions


Choose up to 5 courses. AIFS students can select from an extensive range of courses in the 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.

University of Limerick course numbers are shown in parentheses after the American equivalent. The University of Limerick issues ECTS (European Credit Tansfer and Accumulation System) credits. Recommended U.S. credits are shown in parentheses.

International Program

Biology (BY 4505) (3) spring only
Pollution Biology

Categories of freshwater pollution. Organic pollution of surface and ground water - sources, effects and impacts. Indicators - biological and chemical monitoring; use of biotic indices. Methods for determination of nitrates, phosphorus, chlorophyll a, Ca, Mg, D.O., B.O.D., C.O.D., T.O.C., etc. Microbial pollution methods.

Toxic pollutants in air, water, soil and food. Introduction to toxicological principles: acute toxicity; LD50; chronic toxicity (types of). Uses of lab and epidemological studies. Introduction to structure activity relationships in toxic chemicals. Risk assessment. Analytical methods. Review of toxic effects of heavy metals, chlorinated hydrocarbons and other organics and inorganics, mycotoxins, radioactive elements. Air pollution: major air pollutants, sources and impacts, i.e. smoke, SO2, NOx, PAHS, CO2, Ozone, volatile organics, CFC’s. Global warming causes, models and scenarios; biological impacts.

Cultural Studies 301 (CU 4026) (3) spring only
How to Read a Film: Introduction to Film Studies

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.

Cultural Studies 314 (CU 4121) (3) fall only
Introduction to New Media and Cultural Studies

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.

Engineering 301 (CE 4047) (3) fall only
Wind, Ocean and Hydro Energy

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.

History 301 (HI 4063) (3) fall only
Nasty, Brutish and Short? Early Modern Europe, C. 1450-1700

This module aims to give students a thematic and chronological overview of the history of continental Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries. It is intended as an introduction into the early modern period, combining various aspects of the discipline expected to appeal to second-year students.

History 308 (HI 4142) (3) spring only
Game of Thrones: Gender, Power and Identity in Ireland and the Wider World 1500-1950

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.

Journalism (JM 4013) (3) spring only
Radio Journalism

The module will examine historical perspectives on the medium of radio and the current organisational structures of radio in Ireland and internationally. The impact of broadcast journalism on democracy will be examined. Areas such as podcasting and on-line streaming, and their impact on news media and on democracy will also be explored. Lectures will also examine radio research techniques, interviewing for audio and on scriptwriting for the ear. Practical classes will focus on the development of skills for professional journalism practice for audio-based outputs and will take place in studio and in a dedicated newsroom. Writing and presentation skills for radio, microphone technique, voice training, audio mixer operation, telephone recording procedures, the operation of portable recording devices and computer-based editing of audio reportage will be examined.

Law 301 (LA 4033) (3) fall only
Law of the European Union

Covers the history of the European Communities and the various Treaty amendments up to the Treaty of Lisbon and considers the role, function and legislation powers of the Commission, Parliament and Council. The module will also examine the European Council, the Court of Auditors and the European Central Bank. The development of human rights and the principles of direct effect and supremacy will be considered. Finally, the evolution and impact of membership of the EC and EU on Ireland will be examined.

Literature 313 (EH 4017) (3) fall only
Contemporary African Literature in English

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.

Management 316 (MG 4035) (3) fall only
International Management

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.

Marketing 302 (MK 4002) (3) spring only

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.

Political Science 301 (PO 4004) (3) spring only
Global Political Economy

This module is divided into two sections. The first will deal with the theories used to explain the Global Political Economy (mercantilism, liberalism and critical theory) and how they interact and contribute towards the changing nature of global politics. The second will look at the institutional and governmental workings of the global economy and discuss the context and impacts such governance has had.

Political Science (PO 4027) (3) fall only
International Organisations and Global Governance

Examines the range of international organisations that influence global politics and assesses their role in running the global political economy.

Political Science 323 (PO 4023) (3) fall only
Comparative European Politics

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.

Psychology 314 (PS 4031) (3) fall only
Psychology and Everyday Life

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.

Psychology 315 (PS 4032) (3) spring only
Psychology and Social Issues

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.

Psychology 320 (PS 4035) (3) fall only
Biological Basis of Human Behavior

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.

Sociology 301 (SO 4001) (3) fall only
Introduction to Sociology

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.

Sociology 319 (SO 4032) (3) spring only
Introduction to Sociology 2

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.

Sociology 320 (SO 4033) (3) fall only
Sociology of Media

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.

Sports Science 301 (BR 4081) (3) fall only
Active Body, Active Mind

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.

Teaching and Learning 301 (BR 4001) (3) fall only -
Broadening: Social and Civic Engagement
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.


Gaelic 101 (GA 4115) (3)
Irish Language – Elementary Level

Vocabulary, verbal forms and syntactical patterns used frequently in conversational Irish. History of the Irish language and an introduction to early Irish literature.

Gaelic 201 (GA 4116) (3) spring only
Irish Language – Intermediate Level

Based on texts and other materials used in Irish post-primary schools. Content includes aspects of Irish culture.

History (HI 4076) (3) spring only
Patriots to Parnell: Ireland, 1750-1891

Environments and Economies: wind, rain, soil; diet: cattle, grain, roots; regional ecologies, economies and cultures; growth and crisis; land, wages, prices, trade; demographic transitions: births, deaths, migrations; infrastructures; famine and disease.

Societies and Cultures: rural social structures: land ownership, farming, labour; the cult of improvement; household; gender, sexuality and patriarchy; urban society: merchants, trades, mendicants; the languages of Ireland: Anglicization 1750-1891; belief and faith.

Political and Civil Life: the constitution: king, lords and commons of Ireland; constituencies and franchises; parties, patriots and politics; 1798 rebellion and Union; the politics of Daniel O’Connell to Charles Stewart Parnell; agrarianism; unionism, nationalism and republicanism.

Literature 305 (EH 4027) (3) fall only
Contemporary Women’s Writing

The aim of this module is to introduce students to key texts and themes in contemporary women’s writing; to introduce students to critical methodologies for the analysis of gender in literary texts.

Literature 306 (EH 4036) (3) spring only
Irish Literature 1930-1990

Introduces students to a range of Irish literary work and cultural movements in the period 1930-1990. This was a period in which literary censorship was a controversial topic, and the threat posed by literary radicals to the stability of the new state(s) widely debated. Taking this as a starting point, the module will encourage students to interrogate the ways in which Irish literary culture challenged state censorship, how it evolved over the century, and what the impact of literary writing has been on dominant social and cultural formations on the island. Attending to innovations in style, structure, and genre in the period, the module will concentrate on formal as well as cultural experimentation.

Literature 307 (EH 4043) (3) fall only
Irish Literary Revolutions 1800-1930

Covers the period of the Irish literary Revival and introduces students to a range of Irish literary work and cultural movements in the period 1880-1930. It aims to introduce students to selected literature from this revolutionary period in Irish culture, attending to innovations in style, structure, and genre in the period, and concentrating on formal as well as cultural experimentation.

Literature/Sociology 308 (GA 4105) (3)
Irish Folklore

Definitions of folklore, collection and classification, verbal arts, minor genres, storytelling and narrative genres, indigenous and international tale types in Ireland, customs and beliefs.

Music 309 (MU 4135) (3) fall only
Irish Traditional Music I

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.

Sociology 327 (SO 4078) (3) spring only
Inequality and Social Exclusion

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 teamwork. 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


  • 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 4113) (3) fall only, Applied Business Mathematics

Health Sciences

  • Biology 301 (BY 4001) (3) fall only, Biology 1
  • Biology 314 (BY 4014) (3) spring only, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Biology 355 (BY 4505) (3) fall only, Pollution Biology
  • Chemical Sciences 301 (BC 4904) (3) spring only, Proteins and DNA
  • Chemistry 305 (CH 4054) (3) spring only, Introductory Physical Chemistry
  • Chemistry 307 (CH 4701) (3) fall only, General Chemistry
  • Education 301 (EN 4026) (3) spring only, Inclusive Education 2; Special Education Needs
  • Nursing and Midwifery 301 (NS 4047) (3) fall only, Preparation for Parenthood
  • Nursing and Midwifery 302 (NS 4213) (3) fall only, Nursing and Midwifery and the Law
  • Physics 302 (PH 4022) (3) spring only, Physics for Environmental and Biological Sciences
  • 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
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

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.

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.