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Ireland Dublin


Spring 2017


Early January to mid-April
Program Focus:

General Culture


Minimum overall GPA of 2.75 is strongly recommended.                                             

Spring 2017
Program Leader:

Kurt Fosso
Professor of English

Ext. 7415

Program Design:
Using Dublin as a base, students explore Ireland through the study of its history; literature; theater; and contemporary social, political and economic issues.  In addition to study at the Dublin Business School, students participate in community service projects.  The program also includes group travel to western Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Students will live in apartments.

Requirements Fulfilled:
Fulfills the two-course international studies requirement.

IS 243, 20th Century Art and Architecture, fulfills the creative arts general education requirement Art majors may not use IS 243 to fulfill the Creative Arts General Education requirement. 

4 courses per semester/16 credits


IS 240: Irish History Through Literature:

This course studies a series of literary engagements with some key moments in modern Irish history and explores what they tell us about the past and the conditions of the moment in which the story was told.  Mixing literature with film and painting, the course outlines a narrative of the formation of modern Ireland, providing an opportunity to explore questions about the nature of history and its representation.

IS 241: Contemporary Irish Theater:

The Irish theatre tradition is one of the most influential, successful and theatrically vibrant of modern times, and this course provides students with an opportunity to explore its contemporary condition both textually and in performance.  It will examine current trends in Irish dramatic writing, explore the traditions and methodologies of different Dublin theaters, familiarize students with the form and aesthetics of theatre review, and provide drama workshop experience.

IS 242: Social Change in Ireland:

This course offers students an overview of the contemporary Irish social/cultural landscape.  It draws on alternative theories and views of social change to analyze a wide variety of social issues and developments influencing the country’s national identity.  Topics include: migration, family and gender relations, religion and the role of the Catholic Church, the Celtic Tiger phenomenon, government social policy, and Ireland’s status as a post-colonial nation.

IS 243: Art & Architecture of Dublin:

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the art (and artists) and architecture of the city where they will live and study – Dublin. Dublin is immortalized in song, prose and poetry, and yet less is known of visual artists who create and created the streets, buildings and monuments of this great city. The course explores the influences, legacies and contexts in which these artists applied their craft to reflect the style, function, power and privilege of the eras in which they lived and worked.

Program Design



Ireland, Dublin

Blog Feed: Ireland

  • April 18, 2017 at 2:53am  
  • April 17, 2017 at 1:23pm
    A simple video commemorating our Lewis & Clark group’s time in Dublin.  
  • November 29, 2016 at 4:51pm
  • March 24, 2015 at 12:09pm
    At 10:00am the streets of Dublin are quiet and peaceful with the standard hustle and bustle of a Tuesday morning gone. The citizens of Dublin have left the city or holed up in their homes to prepare for today’s events. By 11:30 the people start flooding in from around the world crowing the streets between […]
  • March 24, 2015 at 9:54am
    We’ve been fortunate enough to have been sheltered in the Republic of Ireland for the majority of these past months, where the worst exchanges are still legal protests and healthy political debate. We have not seen rubber bullets or armor piercing rounds fall on the few who can’t run fast enough. We have not seen […]
  • March 12, 2015 at 4:09pm
    Last month, we went to Mullagh in county Cavan for a theatre workshop. Most of us had no experience with theatre and I was incredibly nervous for the weekend. However, Liam, Catherine and Alice, who were leading the workshop, were immediately welcoming and excited to have us. After making introductions, we played some warm up […]
  • March 11, 2015 at 2:03am
    Let the festivities begin! (Of the Five Lamps Arts Festival that is, an inner-city Dublin organization that I have been lucky enough to work with for the past 8 weeks) After months of preparation, thousands of emails, dozens of interactions with artists, countless cups of tea, and the dedication of one unwavering woman at the […]
  • March 10, 2015 at 6:25am
      I’ve been in Ireland for 61 days, 6 hours, 45 minutes, and 36 seconds. In that time I’ve become familiar with the streets of Dublin, hiked the cliffs of Howth, taken a ferry ride to Inis Mór, walked the rocky beaches of Galway, explored the strange and fascinating landscape of The Burren, and climbed […]
  • March 8, 2015 at 7:10am
    In my life, I have found it difficult to leave, yet easy to go. I am always eager for adventure, but very much value a sense of comfort as well. This may seem like a contradiction (because it is), but I’ve learned to accept it. This being said, however, I still feel a sense of […]
  • March 7, 2015 at 5:06am
    I think I may have fallen in love this Valentine’s Day.  Yes, I was lucky enough to get a visit from my girlfriend this past weekend, but it wasn’t her I fell in love with.  Nor was it the big strong rugged men I watched play rugby that Saturday afternoon.  No, it wasn’t any person […]


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