Study Abroad in Maynooth, Ireland

Study Abroad in Maynooth: Courses

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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 scheduling not all course pairings will be possible. Please bear this in mind and choose three potential course pairings. Your AIFS Admissions Officer will be notified of the academic schedule for Summer 2018 approximately 3 months before the program start date. A minimum enrollment of 10 is required to confirm each course.

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

Each course will include at least one academic field trip.

AN 303SS/Anthropology (3) | The Anthropology of Ireland

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.

CS 620 (3) | Introduction to Structure Programming

This course introduces students to programming fundamentals. This module is designed for students with no previous knowledge of computer science or computer programmers. Students learn to understand, evaluate and create algorithms, write structures programs, select and implement data structures and object-oriented programming.

EC 217/Economics (3) | Economics of the European Union

This course examines the economics of the European Union. Topics covered may include the structure of the European Union; basic trade theory; the single market; the theory of optimal currency areas and monetary union; European labor markets; the Common Agricultural Policy; competition policy; and EU trade policy.

EN 010/English (3) | Public Speaking

This course introduces students to the keep elements of communication, providing practical experience in the preparation and presentation of speeches. It improves critical learning skills and enables the development of core professional communication skills.

EN 254SS/English (3) | Irish Studies 1

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.

EN 272SS/English (3) | Creative Writing

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.

GY 324/Geography/Gender Studies (3) | Women, Gender and Society

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.

HY 201/History (3) | Art and Architecture in Ireland 1600-1900

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.

HY 254/History (3) | Pilgrimage, Travel and Tourism in Ireland

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the history of travel and tourism in Ireland from the earliest times to the present. Students will examine a range of key themes in this rich topic, starting with early pilgrimages and descriptions; working through the Enlightenment trends in the sciences, antiquities and industry; nineteenth-century developments in railways and seaside towns catering to the growing middle class; the politicization of travel writing through the Famine and nationalist politics; and the twentieth century construction of Irish landscape, culture and character in a global context. Students will be required to engage directly with primary sources relevant to each session, and will be required to think critically about the role of travel and tourism in literary and pictorial constructions of Ireland and Irish culture.

HY 273/History (3) | The Great Irish Famine, 1845-1853

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.

ID 201SS/History (3) | Introducing Irish Cultural Heritage

This is a foundation course in Irish Cultural Heritage Studies. While introducing students to a general understanding of early cultural history, the emphasis is on the importance of academic knowledge of the past as a foundation for the presentation and dissemination of cultural heritage for the general public. This is an assessment of the diverse aspects of Irish cultural history including place names, 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 heritage sites such as Emain Macha, Tara, Cashel, Cruachain, Uisneach, Newgrange, and Clonmacnoise will be assessed in the context of modern scholarly interpretation and the increasing importance of cultural tourism.

ID 202/History (3) | The Cultural Heritage of Medieval Society

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.

MN 215/Management (3) | Managing in International Environments

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.

MN 313/Management (3) | International Marketing

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 market place 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.

MN 329/Management (3) | Social Media

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.

MC 102 Kennedy Institute (3) | Understanding Conflict: The Irish Experience

This is a problem-oriented Peace and Conflict Studies course designed to help students understand the nature and impact of conflict, with special reference to the Irish situation. It addresses the problem of how humans manage conflict, in order to instill an understanding of the nature and impact of conflict in society. The class unites the emphasis on conflict as a process of social interaction with practical examples drawn from Irish experience. By looking at the Irish conflict from historical, political, sociological and international perspectives, students will explore how it is possible to move from a situation of violent conflict towards a transformative peace. The class will examine how conflict theories relate to the Irish conflict. Consideration will be given to the etiology and dynamics of a sustainable peace process.

New to 2018

GY 313 | Climate Change

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 modelling-based projections are analysed, as are options to mitigate future global warming.

AFF 263 | Digital Humanities

This class introduces this exciting and dynamic field which is changing the nature of traditional research and practice by using new digital tools and methods, such as 2D and 3D visualisation, augmented and virtual reality, games, 3D printing, crowd-sourcing, text encoding, and web archiving to capture, model, analyse, represent and disseminate the past.