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Ireland: Dublin (Psychology)

Semester: Spring
Dates: Early January to mid-April
Offered: Spring 2019
Program Focus: General Culture with a Social Science/Psychology emphasis and internship experience.


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
ext. 7649

Program Design:

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. The program also includes group travel to western Ireland and Northern Ireland. Students will live in apartments.

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.

Requirements Fulfilled:

Fulfills the two-course international studies requirement.


4 courses per semester/16 credits


IS 240: Irish Life & Cultures:

Introduces the key features of Irish culture and society and 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 and then moves on to examine 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 241: The Irish Welfare System:

Examines 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 242: Irish Literature and Theatre:

Provides an introduction to a number of great classics of Irish literature and theatre and offers 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

Runs 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.


Program Design


Ireland, Dublin

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  • March 12, 2015 at 4:09pm
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  • March 11, 2015 at 2:03am
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  • March 8, 2015 at 7:10am
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  • 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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