Dublin & Galway, Ireland, Summer 2020
Students take two courses taught by UP faculty members:
- FA 391: The Arts in Ireland (will also satisfy FA207) - Dr. Andrew Golla
- ENG 391: Playboys, Rebels, Loves: Literary Ireland (will also satisfy ENG112) - Dr. Genevieve Brassard
ENG 391: Playboys, Rebels, Loves: Literary Ireland:
“Did that play of mine send out
Certain men the English shot?” (W. B. Yeats)
“If Yeats had saved his pencil-lead
Would certain men have stayed in bed?” (Paul Muldoon)
The epigraphs above capture defining characteristics of Irish Literature such as the twining of art and politics and humor as a means of resistance and survival. History, religion, family, land, and nation: these words carry much weight and meaning for Irish writers and they will focus our exploration of texts and critical perspectives this session. Because this course is part of a study abroad experience, the reading selections will match locations to be visited on field trips and excursions, and experiential learning will occur when texts are read, discussed, and understood in their real-life contexts. The reading assignments will be organized chronologically, with special attention given to historical events such as the Easter Rising, the Irish war of Independence and the Troubles of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as sociological and cultural issues such as women’s rights, gender roles, the continuing tensions between Catholics and Protestants, the British colonization of Ireland, and the rural/urban divide. This version of English 391 in Ireland meets the requirements for English 112: Thinking through Literature, and the course goals and learning outcomes listed below also include specific outcomes for this class as a study abroad experience.
FA 391: The Arts in Ireland
Students will explore the arts in Ireland through a variety of art forms, which may include the visual arts, architecture, theatre, and film. We will explore these forms through classroom activities, attending arts events in Ireland, visiting museums, and exploring Ireland’s architecture. Ireland’s vibrant arts culture and deeply rooted history provides an exciting context for these experiences.
Purpose of the Course
The course is designed to give you an introduction to a variety of art forms in an effort to provide you with an enriched way of seeing and listening to the creative world around you. In order to also satisfy the requirements of a course within the University core, in FA391 you will (a) critically examine the ideas and traditions of western civilization and (b) realize the importance of learning and reflection throughout your life by asking these questions:
• What is the role of beauty, imagination, and feeling in life?
• What is a good, i.e., quality life?
This core course, therefore, is designed to assist you in expanding your vision of the world, beyond the artistic limits set by your personal, social, economic, geographic, and cultural experience. Through presenting various fine arts, we will demonstrate how the arts should be an integral part of your daily life. We expect that you will develop emotional responses to the arts through various class activities.
Travel with two UP professors and other UP students to explore Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Week 1-2: Galway
Spend the first two weeks of the program based in Galway, Ireland. Students will live in student apartments on campus at the National University of Ireland and excursions will include: theatre performances, walking tours, museums, volunteer opportunities and more. One breakfast, three lunches, and one dinner are included.
Week 3-5: Dublin
Spend weeks three through five based in Dublin, living in a local hostel. Excursions include city tours, museums, a day trip to a book festival, a cabaret show, and other cultural activities. One lunch and one dinner are included.
Week 6: Derry & Belfast
Spend the last few days of the program traveling to the cities of Derry and Belfast in Northern Ireland. Go on a city tour and explore the local Arts scene with a guest speaker and by attending a local performance. Three breakfasts, one lunch, and one dinner are included.
*Program fee subject to change.
Program fee covers tuition, housing, some meals, excursions, and international health insurance. Travel costs to and from Ireland are not included.
This program is eligible for State, Federal, Private and UP Financial Aid; however, summer aid typically is in the form of loans. For more financial aid information visit: http://www.up.edu/finaid/other-aid/study-abroad.html.