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Ireland: Dublin (Social Sciences)

Semester: Spring
Offered: Spring 2019
Estimated Dates: Early January to mid-April
Program Focus: Regional Area Study with a Social Science/Psychology Emphasis and Internship Experience
Prerequisites: PSY 100, 200, 300; or PSY 100 and major department’s quantitative and research methods courses; minimum of 2.75 GPA highly recommended
Spring 2019
Program Leader:
Tom Schoeneman 
Professor of Psychology, 503-768-7649

Program Design

In cooperation with the Foundation for International Education (FIE), Lewis and Clark offers a program of General Culture study in Ireland. Using Dublin as a base, students explore Ireland through the study of its history; literature; theater; and contemporary social, issues. This program is designed by the Psychology Department and focuses on social issues and the provision of social services in Ireland, and the relationship of psychology and the social sciences to community welfare. In addition to an internship placement at social welfare agencies in Dublin, students will focus on relevant social and economic questions through classes, lectures, group discussions, field trips, and attendance at cultural events. Click here to watch a video showing some of the highlights of the program!

The program is open to Psychology majors who have completed the introductory sequence of Intro Psychology, Statistics, and Psychology Methodology; to other Social Science majors who have completed Intro Psych and their programs’ quantitative and research methods courses; and to other majors who have relevant and comparable preparation.

Onsite Staff: The resident director of FIE Dublin is Karl Dowling. A Dublin native, Karl studied and worked in Amsterdam before joining the FIE team in 2012. He has an MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance from the University of Amsterdam and a BA in Politics and Economics from University College Dublin. Following his studies, Karl worked at Radio Netherlands’ International Justice Desk, where he wrote and reported on international criminal tribunals. Following this, he joined the Euranet project, where he produced and presented a daily European news, sports and culture show. His primary role as Resident Director is to guide students in their Dublin experience, acting as a point of contact and as a student resource, while managing aspects of program development and progression in Ireland.

About the Program Leader: Professor Schoenenman’s professional interests include historical and current stereotypes of mental disorder, metaphors and images of madness, cultural conceptions of individualism, social constructionism and postmodernism in psychology, attribution theory, self-concept. He has led LC Overseas programs to Ireland, England, Australia, and Kenya.


Requirements Fulfilled: This program fulfills the two-course international studies requirement and one 300-level Psychology course requirement (for majors).

Credits: 4 courses per semester / 16 credits


IS 268: Irish Life & Cultures

This course introduces the traditions and values of Irish culture and society, as well as the key currents underpinning social change in Ireland in the 21st century. The course begins with a profile of Irish society and a historical overview of its core features in the latter half of the 20th century. The course then examines continuity and change in some of the key categories of Irish society such as religion, culture, economy and politics via their encounter with modernity.

IS 269: The Irish Welfare System

Students examine central questions about the Irish welfare system: Where can we find social welfare policies? Where do social welfare policies come from? How and by whom are they implemented? The course will help students to understand how the welfare system and its component institutions work, how they are interrelated, and how they are influenced and constrained by surrounding factors.

IS 270: Irish Literature and Theatre

This course provides an introduction to a number of great classics of Irish literature and theatre and gives students the opportunity to explore the important role that Irish writers have played in the shaping of Irish history. Close reading of texts from the 19th century to the present will reveal common and unifying themes: history, violence and cultural memory, the relation between the individual writer and the nation state, the conflicts of allegiance called forth by the claims of self and place, radical aesthetics, and a unifying tradition.

PSY 345: Overseas Internship: Dublin

This course takes place alongside participants’ community placement and explores current issues in social welfare provision particularly in the non-profit, non-governmental sector. Such issues include education, HIV/AIDS, youth unemployment, homelessness, family life, mental health, aging, and environmental problems.

Excursions: The program includes three group excursions. Students travel with local faculty to Western Ireland to explore ancient Irish culture, learn about traditional ways of living, and see diverse and lush landscapes along the western coast. The group also visits Northern Ireland (Belfast and Derry) to learn about the tumultuous political history of Ireland. Students gain context and perspective of contemporary Irish politics by visiting Parliament to understand the political structure of Northern Ireland, touring the city with local activists, and visiting important sites and monuments. This excursion allows students to learn about and remember the violence and pain that this region of Ireland in particular has experienced, while seeing firsthand how divided communities can come together with the mutual desire for peace. The final excursion is a theater workshop in Mullagh, Co. Cavan led by the group’s theater professor. This weekend workshop provides a special opportunity for the group to work with a local Irish theater group in a small Irish town outside of Dublin and put their academics studies in practice.

Student Life

Housing: Students will live in apartment-style housing just south of the River Liffey. Each apartment has several bedrooms and a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living room. The building also has a common room, a study room, and a gym. Students will have the chance to connect with local students living in the same building.

Extracurricular Activities: As students at Dublin Business School (DBS), there are many opportunities to get involved in on-campus clubs, societies, and organizations. Follow this link to read a bit more about student life at DBS.


Fee Breakdown:

Total Fee (includes Tuition & Program Fee): $32,334

Tuition: $25,287

Program Fee: $7,047*

*Included in the program fee are room/housing, board/meals, field trips, administrative fees, and supplemental health insurance. Not included are airfare, passport and visa expenses, primary insurance coverage, photographs, books, immunizations, and incidentals.

Stipend: Students will receive a stipend to cover the cost of meals and local transportation costs not covered by the program fee.

Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to DUB): $800 - $1,500

Estimated Travel Document Fees: €300 - €350

Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,275.50*

*All students participating in overseas programs are automatically enrolled in iNext, a supplemental travel insurance program. The fee for iNext is covered in the program cost. However, students are also required to have comprehensive health insurance during their time abroad. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding Health Insurance Information & Overseas Programs.

Program Preparation

Application Process: This program has a dual application process. Students must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application one year before the start of the program. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary application to FIE and will receive a separate notification letter of admission. Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials, as you will need to submit these similar materials to FIE. Please note that this secondary application process can take place as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.

The semester before the program, students who have been accepted will meet regularly for orientation. This orientation is meant to prepare the students for life in Dublin by exploring literature and culture, and provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the logistical details of the program.

For more information about the application process, click here.

Travel: Students usually fly into the Dublin airport (DUB), where they meet as a group and travel together to the orientation.  

Visa: Students will be required to apply for a visa in order to participate in this program. More information will be provided upon admission to the program.

Country-Specific Health Information: Click here to view specific health information for people traveling to Ireland.

State Department Country Information: Click here to visit the State Department’s Ireland page.

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