Pick two courses to take as part of your summer school programme - one from 'Stream A' and one from 'Stream B'
Courses carry either 5 ECTS or 7.5 ECTS.
5 ECTS can equate to either 2.5 or 3 US credits but please check with your home advisor.
We teach all courses with 40 contact hours and you will have class 4 days a week, 5 hours of class per day. All courses also include at least one field trip where you can explore sites relevant to your course material.
Eligibility: Students must be sophmores, juniors or seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 545 (paper based) or equivalent is required if English is not your first language.
AN 303/Anthropology: 5 ECTS - Stream A
Introduction to the Anthropology of Ireland
In this class, students explore Ireland’s economic, social and cultural challenges and look at how Ireland’s present-day multiplicity intersects with the traditional image of rural, mono cultural and Catholicism. The class analyses manifestations of Irish culture such as dance and language, how they are reproduced, and what meanings they hold.
MN 313/Business: 5 ECTS - Stream A
This class focuses on marketing management in global organisations and introduces students to the nature and complexity of international marketing strategy. Students will identify opportunities and challenges associated with expansion into new geographical markets and formulate strategies for product development and promotion.
MN 329/Business: 5 ECTS - Stream B
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.
MN 215/Business: 5 ECTS - Stream B
This class focuses on international aspects in management theory and literature. Students will discuss approaches to ethics, negotiation, motivation, and management and leadership across countries, considering the importance of understanding and embracing difference across countries.
EC 217/Economics: 5 ECTS - Stream A
Economics of the European Union
* prerequisite: introductory course in microeconomics
This class provides an overview of EU institutions and policies, including a brief history of the EU and insights into current challenges facing the Union. students will learn about the economic theory of preferential trade areas, the EU’s key policies, and their impact on the outside world.
CS260/Computer Science: 5 ECTS - Stream B
Structured programming for beginners
This class introduces students to programming fundamentals. This class is designed for students with no previous knowledge of computer science or computer programming. Students learn to understand, evaluate and create algorithms, write structured programs, select and implement data structures and object-orientated programming.
EN010/English: 7.5 ECTS - Stream A
Public Speaking and Communication
This course introduces students to the key 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 272/English: 5 ECTS - Stream A
In this class students are introduced to writing, both poetry and prose. The class focuses on the practicalities of writing, editing and giving and taking criticism of work. Students will produce writing for discussion and criticism and work on developing these extracts in response. Students will also look critically at the work of established writers.
EN 254/English: 5 ECTS - Stream B
Modern Irish Literature
In this class, students will discuss a number of exemplary works from the early decades of the twentieth century, a period of remarkable creativity in Irish writing. Students will explore the complex relationship between literature, culture and politics in this formative period of Irish history.
GY 313/Geography: 5 ECTS - Stream A
This physical geography class addresses the causes and consequences of climate change. It examines the various techniques that calculate long-term perspectives, and how climatic fluctuations have social, economic and political consequences. The implications of modelling-based projections are analysed, as are options to mitigate future global warming.
GY357/Geography : 5 ECTS - Stream B
Women, Gender and Society
This class introduces students to historical, sociological, geographical and political perspectives on women and gender, and to contemporary debates about gender and society. Students will learn about the main trends in gender inequality on a global scale.
HY 273/History: 5 ECTS - Stream A
Ireland and the Great Famine
In this class students are introduced to the causes and consequences of the 1845-1853 Great Irish Famine. The class examines the economic, social and political background, as well as public and private reactions, and the changes in Irish society resultant from the famine.
HY 254/History: 5 ECTS - Stream B
Pilgrimage, Travel and Tourism in Ireland
This class examines a range of key historical themes in pilgrimage, travel and tourism, wider social, economic and political contexts, fluctuations in the numbers of people travelling, the significance of travel writing and the mid-nineteenth century development of railways and their role in facilitating greater mobility.
LS20/History/History of Art: 5 ECTS - Stream B
Art and Architecture in Ireland 1600-1900
This class surveys the main artistic and stylistic movements evident in Ireland in the period of 1600-1900. Students will identify key individuals, structures, designs, visual art and artefacts defining Ireland’s cultural landscape as it evolved over this 300-year period, within their social contexts.
ID202/Nua Gaeilge: 7.5 ECTS - Stream A
The Cultural Heritage of Medieval Society - cannot be combined with ID201
This class introduces students to early cultural history, with an emphasis on the past as a foundation for the present, as well as the disseminations of cultural heritage. Students will assess the manipulation of history in relation to some of the great Irish prehistoric and early medieval locations.
ID201/Nua Gaeilge: 7.5 ECTS - Stream B
Introducing the Cultural Heritage of Early Ireland - cannot be combined with ID202
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, presentation and future development of important heritage sites are assessed.
MC 102/Kennedy Institute: 5 ECTS - Stream B
Understanding Conflict: The Irish Experience
This class helps students understand the nature and impact of violent conflict, with special reference to the Irish situation. it incorporates concepts from Psychology, Sociology and Economics to explain origins, logic and motivations for violence. By looking at the Irish conflict, students will explore how it is possible to move from a situation of violent conflict towards a transformative peace.
CREDIT TRANSCRIPTS AND CERTIFICATES
Transcripts are issued in mid-September once assessments have been corrected and the external examination board has met.
Attendance is obligatory. Credits will only be awarded to students with full attendance at the end of the program.
While studying with us on the Maynooth University International Summer School you will continue to learn and encounter new experiences outside the classroom.
We host lots of activities on campus (at least one a week) and are always around for a chat, catch up or a sing song! In addition we offer the following:
Orientation Trip to Dublin (included)
Where better to start our adventures than with Ireland's global and dynamic capital. Your day includes a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and a chance to explore Dublin's past.
Day trip to Glendalough and Dun Laoghaire (included)
For this day trip we'll travel to one of Ireland's most iconic and beautiful destinations. Nestled in the Wicklow mountains, an area of outstanding natural beauty, Glendalough offers a window into Ireland's Christian past. After that enjoy some time in the charming resort and seaside town of Dun Laoghaire.
Day trip to Giants Causeway
Join us as we travel to Northern Ireland and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site that is the Giants Causeway. Enjoy the beauty of this timeless site on the northern most coast of Ireland.
We recognise that some of you will want to build-your-own adventure and decide whether or not you want to join us on some weekend adventures around Ireland. We offer two options and you can choose whether or not to sign up for these when you apply.
Please note that our numbers are limited so when you select an adventure you make a commitment to pay for that trip:
1) Galway-Cliffs of Moher: Dates TBC: €120 approx.
This one-night adventure will take you to the heart of Galway city, one of Ireland's liveliest cities. Stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries line the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter, which retains
portions of the medieval city walls and you'll spend the night in a hostel in the city centre. On Friday afternoon take a boat trip on the Corrib Princess, up to the second largest lake in Ireland! On Saturday we will visit the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland's most visited natural attraction and the last stopping point before America before driving through the Burren and home to Maynooth!
2) Northern Ireland: Dates TBC: €90 approx.
This optional overnight trip extends your stay in Northern Ireland after our Giants Causeway visit. You'll stay overnight at a hostel near the northern coast of Ireland (and the island!) before enjoying a cooked breakfast. Once you're ready to go we'll start with the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge before exploring the places where the Ironborn, the God of Light and those travelling to King's Landing found themselves as we explore magical filming sites around this part of the island before travelling back to Maynooth.