AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Maynooth, Ireland
Summer 2022
Course Descriptions


Course Descriptions

All courses are taught in English. Recommended credits are shown in parentheses.

Students choose two courses from the following for a maximum of 6 credits. Due to timetabling not all course pairings will be possible. Please bear this in mind and choose three potential course pairings and refer to the AIFS Admissions Officer who will be notified of the academic schedule for summer 2022. A minimum enrollment of 10 is required to confirm each course.

Courses are subject to change at the discretion of Maynooth University.

Course Code and Credits: AN 303SS/Anthropology (3)
Course Title: The Anthropology of Ireland
Course Description:
This module explores Ireland as a site for the development of ethnographic approaches and methods that have been significantly influenced by American cultural anthropology and British social anthropology. It explores early field researchers in Ireland and the ethnographies they produced that became a stimulus for a subsequent generation of Europeanist anthropologists, who continue to explore issues and themes many of which were first considered in the Irish context. We will explore anthropological conceptions of religion in Ireland, and the decline of communities as a result of emigration, damaging patterns of child rearing, fear of intimacy, suicide, and schizophrenia. We will view culturally constructed concepts of race through the lens of Irish diaspora in the U.S. and historical abolitionist sentiment in Ireland. We will focus on the construction of national identities in Northern Ireland as well as culturally determined gender roles during political protests. The module will introduce students to a unique island perspective within global anthropological research projects. 
Course Code and Credits: EN 010/English (3)
Course Title: Public Speaking and Communication
Course Description:
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic elements of communication, to provide practical experience in the preparation and presentation of speeches, and to improve critical listening skills. A frequent complaint of professional people is that college students lack adequate communication skills (speaking as well as writing); this course will improve your communication talents in such a way that an employer or professor will not discount you because of faltering speech. We aim to improve organizational and verbal weaknesses and to strengthen any present talents; further, we aim to develop an air of confidence while speaking.
Course Code and Credits: EN 254/English (3)
Course Title: Modern Irish Literature: Irish Studies 1
Course Description:
The Irish literary revival inherited a variety of forms of Irish nationalism, and a variety of forms of Irishness. This course will examine dialogues with the past in the work of such writers as Yeats, Synge, O’Casey and Joyce and the new, frequently contested, forms of Irish history, culture and identity that they produced. The course will consider the relationship between overlapping cultural and political revolutions as well as the creative ties and tensions linking a specifically Irish literary tradition with a broader European context of modernism.
Course Code and Credits: EN 272/English (3)
Course Title: Creative Writing
Course Description:
Throughout this course students will be introduced to writing, both poetry and prose. The workshops will focus on the practicalities of writing, editing and giving and taking criticism of work. Students will be expected to produce writing for discussion and criticism and to work on developing these extracts in the light of that criticism. Students will also look critically at the work of established writers.
Course Code and Credits: GY 313/Geography (3)
Course Title: Climate Change
Course Description:
This physical geography class addresses the causes and consequences of climate change. It examines the various techniques that calculate long term perspectives, and how climate fluctuations have social, economic and political consequences. The implications of modeling-based projections are analyzed, as are options to mitigate future global warming.
Course Code and Credits: GY 357/Geography/Gender Studies (3)
Course Title: Women, Gender and Society
Course Description:
This course aims to introduce students to sociological, geographical and political perspectives on women and gender and to contemporary debates about gender and society. Concepts like gender, patriarchy, feminism, sexuality, femininity, masculinity and intersectionality will be critically assessed, as will the politics and practice of ‘doing’ gender/feminist research. The course will include case studies from both the Global North and the Global South, such as: work and organizations; the body; domestic labor and parenting; natural environments; politics, power and social movements; nationalism and war.
Course Code and Credits: HY 201/History (3)
Course Title: Art and Architecture in Ireland 1600-1900
Course Description:
In the period 1600-1900 Irish artists, architects, designers and craftsmen responded to prevailing European stylistic movements. Over the course of this module, students will be introduced to these numerous styles which include Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Historicism, Naturalism, Arts and Crafts and Neo-Celticism. Each lecture will identify the interpretation by Irish artists and designers of these important stylistic movements. These thematic and visual surveys will illustrate the development of an Irish aesthetic within these distinct periods. Each of these presentations will be situated within the social contexts of the period so that the conditions informing the design, creation, construction, production and consumption of Irish art and design in this period are fully realized.
Course Code and Credits: HY 273/History (3)
Course Title: Ireland and the Great Famine
Course Description:
The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the causes and consequences of the Great Irish Famine, 1845 to 1853. In particular, students will examine the impact of the Famine at a local level. The Great Famine was the greatest social catastrophe in Irish history. In that short period over one million people died, while another one million people emigrated from Ireland. This module will examine the economic, social and political background, as well as the public and private reactions to the disaster. In addition, the module will discuss the continued legacy of the Famine with a particular focus on the Irish Diaspora. 
Course Code and Credits: HY XXX/History (3)
Course Title: Early Medieval Ireland- Society and Politics
Course Description:
In this course, students will investigate aspects of medieval Ireland from 431 to 1014. Centered on the themes of society and politics, the class examines Ireland’s conversion to Christianity, Irish kingship and law, Vikings raids and settlement, the career of Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf with its legacy.
Course Code and Credits: ID 201/History (3)
Course Title: Introducing the Cultural Heritage of Early Ireland
Course Description:
In this class students develop a broad understanding of early cultural heritage in the areas of archaeology, history and early Irish literature. Diverse and exciting aspects of Irish cultural history, as well as care, presentations and future development of important heritage sites are assessed. 
Course Code and Credits: ID 202/History (3) 
Course Title: The Cultural Heritage of Medieval Society 
Course Description:
This is a foundation course in Irish Cultural Heritage Studies. An assessment of the diverse and exciting aspects of Irish cultural history including archaeology, history, architecture and the arts, the literature of places and the creation and manipulation of history in relation to some of the great prehistoric and early medieval locations in Ireland. The care, presentation and future development of important heritage sites such as Emain Macha, the Hill of Tara, the Boyne Valley (Newgrange) and Clonmacnoise will be assessed in the context of modern scholarly interpretation and the increasing importance of cultural awareness. 
Course Code and Credits: KD 310/International Development (3) 
Course Title: Global Development Issues and Responses 
Course Description:
This class explores the big challenges facing our world today and how we can respond to them. Students will learn about international development priorities and policies and about Ireland’s and the EU’s relationship with the wider world. They will examine the causes and consequences of climate change, globalization and migration and the roles of government, business, civil society and individuals in addressing these global challenges. 
Course Code and Credits: MN 215/Management (3) 
Course Title: International Business 
Course Description:
Businesses operate in an increasingly globalized environment and most business graduates will develop careers which will involve some degree of working and managing in international environments. This module/course focuses on international aspects in management theory and literature, which are relevant across international cultures and borders. Particular focus is placed on comparing the institutional context and cultures of countries as the basis for analyzing managing in international environments, considering approaches to ethics, negotiation, motivation, and management and leadership across countries. The applicability of theoretical concepts in different international environments is explored, encouraging participants to consider and recognize the importance of understanding and embracing difference across countries. 
Course Code and Credits: MN 313/Management (3) 
Course Title: International Marketing 
Course Description:
The aim of this course is to enhance and develop the skills and knowledge of students regarding international business strategy and the issues that international businesses face. An understanding of the worldwide marketplace is critical for marketers, taking into consideration the challenges and opportunities this marketplace presents. Businesses must take account of, and respond to, a range of issues such as culture, regulations, the political landscape, competitors, languages and etiquette when entering and maintaining a presence in new markets. From a marketing perspective, we need to understand how to put in place marketing strategy, objectives, actions and tactics to benefit from the international environment. 
Course Code and Credits: MN 329/Management (3) 
Course Title: Social Media 
Course Description:
This class addresses the many issues surrounding the use of social media in business and marketing channels, exploring how individuals and firms navigate social media to gain a competitive edge. It undertakes a practical examination of how to make use of social media for the purposes of customer acquisition, information gathering, the maintenance of business contacts, market design and decision-making.