On Summer in Ireland, you’ll take one course in literature, culture, film, sociology, law or engineering at the University of Limerick, which has quickly gained a reputation among its peers for its innovative courses and high academic standards. The University is also home to some fine collections of Irish art, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and the Irish World Music Center.
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All courses are taught by University of Limerick faculty and are worth 3 - 6 UL credits, and you will enroll in one course. These courses will be offered in the Summer of 2015:
Irish Writing in English
The Irish Writing in English summer school comprises three linked streams that analyse and contextualise the culture, history and traditions of modern Ireland. The first stream utilises an autobiographical approach to examine the distinctive features of Irish writing in English. This indepth assessment of writers and their work is complemented by the second stream, entitled ‘Ireland during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries’, which surveys the most important social, political and economic developments of the period. The final stream will concentrate on Ireland’s traditional culture with particular reference to folklore, music and song. This summer school will be of interest to students of literature, history, folklore, cultural studies and liberal arts.
Screening Ireland: Ireland in Film & Television
This course will offer an introduction to Irish cinematic and televisual culture. In particular, it will focus on how the notions of Ireland and Irishness have been represented by Irish and Irish-based directors in documentary and cinema production. Additionally, the course will equip students with the necessary vocabulary for the critical discussion of film. No specialised knowledge of film or television is required, and the course will be of particular interest to students of Irish studies, sociology, history, media, literature and cultural studies.
Sociological Perspectives on Irish Society
Of late, Irish society has been experiencing a period of rapid social, cultural, economic and ideological change. From 1994 to 2008, Ireland experienced an economic boom, commonly known as the Celtic Tiger. During this fourteen-year period, prosperity, affluence and optimism were at unprecedented levels. As a result, Irish society became more secular, globalised, consumerist and multicultural. Now, Irish society stands at a perplexing crossroads where national and international recession, rising unemployment, political and social uncertainty and change can all be found. This summer school illustrates to students how a sociological lens can help us increase our understanding of the challenges and contradictions faced by contemporary Irish society.
Visual Culture in Ireland: 1400 - 1950
In recent years, Ireland’s art and architecture has generated an unprecedented interest at national and international levels as awareness grows of Ireland’s rich visual heritage. In examining Ireland’s visual legacy, this summer school will look at what shaped Irish art and architecture, including the influence of political, social and cultural forces; see how Irish art relates to major art movements in Europe; and examine representations of Ireland in film. Students will learn how to look at and interpret works of art and will discover how to look beyond the image so as to engage in critical analysis. They will also learn how images and material culture can be an important tool in historical analysis. This summer school will be of interest to students of the history of art, the history of architecture, film, visual studies, history, cultural studies and liberal arts. No prior knowledge of the history of art or architecture is needed.
Ireland has a long and well-established tradition of excellence in the genre of short-story writing. This Creative Writing summer school will build on that tradition by offering visiting students the opportunity to focus on and develop their short-story writing skills. Students will benefit from a series of lectures and workshops on topics such as ‘strategies for creating effective characters’, ‘approaches to writing dialogue’ and 'considering structure and plot in short fiction’. Through an analysis of the work of established short-story writers, students will identify and explore strategies for effective short-story writing. Students will also participate in regular writing activities, working collectively and individually to complete their own piece of short fiction. The course will analyse effective techniques in short-story writing and apply these techniques to the student’s own work. Students will benefit from the advice and guidance of a visiting writer, who will be available to them for seminar and workshop sessions.
Law in Ireland
The Law in Ireland summer school provides a concise but comprehensive overview of the Irish legal system.
Ireland Myths & Legends
Ireland is famous for its myths and legends, stories of mythical creatures (including leprechauns and banshees) and ancient tales of heroes and warriors. The earliest Irish literatures describe legendary figures on heroic quests and adventures. The Tuatha Dé Danann (the peoples of the Goddess Danu), Balor of the Evil Eye, the Táin Bó Cúailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley), the warrior Queen Meabh, Finn Mac Cumhaill and the Fianna are among the characters and events populating the ancient landscapes of Irish myth and legend. These tales were drawn upon to establish the foundations and influence the evolutions of Irish identity, and they continue to shape Ireland’s cultural, political and literary movements today. Using a range of well-known stories, children’s literature, films and media, we will consider the enduring importance of Irish myth and legend and the persistence of these themes in contemporary society. Students will gain a knowledge of the importance of mythology and will learn to appreciate Ireland’s literary and cultural history more fully.
International Financial Markets & Trading
This module introduces students to international financial markets and emphasises the investment decision process as framed by behavioural finance. Students will experience active investment trading using the bespoke Kemmy Business School (KBS) Trading Floor. Using the software on the Trading Floor, students will develop an appreciation of key financial and economic data. They will also have the opportunity to gain Bloomberg Certification, a qualification that is internationally recognised. Within the broad discussion of the psychology of investment decisions, students will be introduced to the notion of ethical investment choices and will reflect on the importance of individual and corporate responsibility. This module is delivered through workshops, lectures and time on the Trading Floor. Students will gain experience and a commanding view of the global financial arena using real-time sophisticated trading and investment software. The practical investment aspects will be supported by an overview of the changing landscape of international financial markets and institutions with particular reference to behavioural finance, ethical finance and responsible business.
Corporate Social Responsibility
This module is suitable for both business and non-business majors. The module examines important concepts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and how these may be applied practically to the twenty-first century workplace. Over the course of three weeks, students will cover the evolution of CSR and develop an understanding of how ethical standards link to sustainability and best practice in business.
Business Tools for Social Projects
This module looks at how technologies, tools and theories used in the business world can be applied to affect positive social change. The module introduces students to questions of business responsibility and ethical practice and is designed to engage students for the wider social good.
Technical Communication for Engineers
This course will develop non-technical skills that are very important to every engineer. Through the use of a design project, we aim to encourage a spirit of research and self-study that focuses on sustainable design and life-cycle analysis. The project will enable oral presentation skills to be developed. The course will also cover more technical aspects of engineering communication, such as the proper use of engineering units and communication of designs using Computer Aided Design (CAD). The solid modelling element will be tailored to take into account how much CAD students have already completed.
Integrated into processes of local decision making, this summer school aims to make architecture relevant to governance everywhere. The Urban Laboratory draws on a fast-paced and flexible design studio environment run by architects, writers, critics, historians, scientists, engineers and philosophers from Ireland, the USA, the UK and Europe. In a society facing complex challenges, we believe in thinking through design. We recognise a specific relationship to place, with its broad cultural and environmental implications, as the determining characteristic of Irish culture. Beyond the metropolitan focus that prevails in many other architecture programmes, this summer school is uniquely positioned to creatively engage in the study of small places that are embedded in the west of Ireland and its landscape. Input on local history and urban governance will be provided by dedicated lectures, site visits and workshops with representatives of local authorities.