Pick two courses to take as part of your summer school programme
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
Introduction to the Anthropology of Ireland
This module will introduce students to key concepts and approaches within the anthropology of Ireland, which has been moulded and shaped by multiple local and global forces. Most prominent among them are the intellectual and academic traditions of both American cultural anthropology and British social anthropology. Alterations in anthropology within Ireland are reflections of social, economic, and political change throughout the island, but they mirror changes that are transforming anthropology worldwide. 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 childrearing, fear of intimacy, suicide, and schizophrenia. We will view culturally constructed concepts of race through the lens of Irish diaspora in the US 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. We will explore interpretations of Irish dance that credit it as being indicative of such varied phenomena as sexual repression, modernity, and economic prosperity. The module will introduce students to a unique island perspective within global anthropological research projects.
EC 217/Economics: 5 ECTS
Economics of the European Union
* prerequisite: introductory course in microeconomics
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 labour markets; the Common Agricultural Policy; competition policy; and EU trade policy.
EC 318/Economics: 5 ECTS
* prerequisite: intermediate microeconomics
The course focuses on four questions: (i) Why do countries trade?; (ii) What do countries trade?; (iii) Who gains from trade? and (iv) How and why do governments intervene in trade? These questions are addressed by examining a few simple trade models.
EN001/English: 7.5 ECTS
Public Speaking and Communication
This course will introduce students to the basic elements of communication, providing practical experience in the preparation and presentation of speeches. It will also improve critical learning skills and enable the development of core professional communication skills.
EN107/English: 7.5 ECTS
Literary Criticism and Theory
This course takes a conceptual approach to the study of English literature and will allow students to broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of literature. The course will focus on exploring particular conceptual and theoretical frameworks for understanding literature and culture. The course aims to develop an awareness and understanding of key themes and concepts underlying literature and culture today.
EN 254/English: 5 ECTS
Irish Studies 1: Modern Irish Literature
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 272/English: 5 ECTS
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
ID201/Nua Gaeilge: 7.5 ECTS
Introducing the Cultural Heritage of Early Ireland
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.
ID202/Nua Gaeilge: 7.5 ECTS
The Cultural Heritage of Medieval Society
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 both a scholarly audience and the general public. This is 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.
GY 327/Geography/Politics: 5 ECTS
An introduction to theoretical thinking relating to the areas of environmental politics and policy-making, as well as the history of the environmental movement and the emergence of ‘’green parties’’ in western democracies. Trans-boundary environmental issues will be discussed. The manner in which environmental regulation has been shaped by political concerns will be a key theme, illustrating the degree to which such legislation is often the result of a political balancing act between environmental concerns and economic pressures in which the latter tend to hold the greater influence.
GY324/Geography : 5 ECTS
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 organisations; The body; Domestic labour and parenting; Natural environments; Politics, power and social movements; Nationalism and war
HY 273/History: 5 ECTS
Ireland and the Great Famine
The aim of this course 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 course will examine the economic, social and political background, as well as the public and private reactions to the disaster. In addition, the course will discuss the continued legacy of the Famine with a particular focus on the Irish Diaspora.
HY 254/History: 5 ECTS
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 politicisation of travel writing through the Famine and nationalist politics; and the twentieth century construction of Irish landscape, culture and character in a global context.
Travel writing has come under increased scrutiny since the 1990s, with historians reappraising its value for a range of themes including local and imperial history, the histories of science and gender, and political and cultural histories. Students will be introduced to prevalent historiographical trends in the study of travel and travel writing, and will be encouraged to apply those frameworks to a range of sources. 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.
HY201/History/History of Art
Art and Architecture in Ireland 1600-1900
Course description to follow shortly
MC 101/Kennedy Institute: 5 ECTS
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. In particular the class will examine how the Enemy System Theory, group identity and territoriality operated as intractability factors in the Irish experience of conflict. It will include investigation of the impact of grassroots community peace initiatives and how local events and situations are affected, positively and negatively by international factors. Consideration will be given to the etiology and dynamics of a sustainable peace process.
MN 313/Management/Business: 5 ECTS
This advanced course focuses on marketing management in global organisations through the international dimension. Over the eight central themes students will consider both tactical and strategic issues in marketing, as experienced by multinational companies. Central themes are: the nature of international marketing strategy; international environment(s); market analysis and selection; market entry and ownership strategies; international market segmentation; international product management; international pricing; global communication strategies.
MN 215/Management/Business: 5 ECTS
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 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.
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Transcripts are issued in mid-September once assessments have been corrected.
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:
Day Trip to Dublin (included)
Where better to start our adventures than with Ireland's global and dynamic capital. Your day includes a visit to Dublinia to learn about Dublin's past as well as an opportunity to explore the modern city with one further, surprise visit!
Day trip to Glendalough and Bray (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 at the seaside in the charming beach resort town of Bray.
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-Connemara: July 14th-16: €200
This two-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. Your other night will be spent in the beautiful landscape of Connemara, a beautiful, unspoilt landscape situated at the very edge of Europe. In addition we will visit the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland's most visited natural attraction and the last stopping point before America, take a walking tour of Galway city and enjoy a boat trip around Killary Fjord, one of only 3 glacial fjords in Ireland.
2) Cork City: July 22nd-23rd: €90
This one-night adventure brings you to the heart of Cork city, Ireland's 'second city'. You'll stay in a hostel in the city centre and have time to explore this youthful and cosmopolitan city. Your adventure includes a trip to Blarney Castle where you can 'kiss the Blarney stone' and be endowed (as legend has it) with the gift of the gab!