Ireland's Island Heritage, Travel

Ireland's Island Heritage: Academics

National University of Ireland, Maynooth

This program is offered by the Centre for Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Maynooth. NUI Maynooth has been recognized as one of the leading new universities in the world, ranked #67 in the new Times Higher Education (THE) 100 Under 50 rankings. NUI Maynooth is also the highest placed Irish university in these rankings and is the ideal setting for study abroad, with a thriving international student population, and a welcoming campus community. It is the fastest growing Irish university with over 9,000 students from over 90 countries, and received the top rating of ďOutstandingĒ amongst European Universities in the International Student Satisfaction Awards 2015.

Today, the University is a place of lively contrasts. It is at the same time Irelandís youngest university, established as the National University of Ireland, Maynooth in 1997, and Irelandís second oldest university, with a tradition of academic excellence tracing back to the founding of St Patrickís College in 1795. The campus of NUIM is divided across the South campus, an older complex of fine nineteenth century buildings, and the North campus, a modern complex of teaching research, accommodation and support facilities.

Academic Overview & Policies

Attendance at all lectures and site visits is mandatory.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by NUI Maynooth in Ireland. An official transcript will be sent directly to the studentís home university.

Course Description

Cultural Studies 320 (3)
Irelandís Island Heritage

Using the concept of an island as a unifying theme, this course explores the cultural heritage of Ireland as an island nation along with its many other islands, including those at inland locations e.g. Holy Island and some offshore examples, such as the Aran Islands and Blasket Islands off the west coast. This concept will be further developed through a discussion of related themes such as rivers, landscapes and settlements. This approach will provide the context for an integrated practical assessment of the archaeology, history, architecture and literature of Ireland.