Experience Irish identity through dramatic and literary works and visits to the sites behind the stories.
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Dublin packs the pulsing hum of a modern metropolis into an intimate, classical city. With more than one-third of the country’s total population, Dublin is the largest city and main cultural hub of Ireland.
Within this contemporary city, you will find classical Georgian architecture, a walkable city center, and welcoming locals in Dublin’s famous pubs. Discover these elements of Irish culture and learn how Dublin and its storied history have helped shape the identity of Irish people.
Since the turn of the century, a conscious effort has been made to "save" Irish culture. Many notable authors, playwrights, and artists were at the forefront of this project to promote nationalism and pride in Irish language and ancient mythology.
Since that time, Irish artists have continued to produce dramatic and literary works that seem to have a unique fascination with the topic of Irish culture and identity. Strands of identity, diaspora, and the artists' relationship with "Irishness" are important themes for modern Irish authors, playwrights, and filmmakers. Simultaneously, the global emigration from Ireland of the previous century has resulted in large populations of those who consider themselves to be Irish around the world.
By studying the history and works engaged in creating and interpreting this idea of Irish identity, students will be asked to engage in a more complex way with the ideas of heritage, culture, and national identity in general.
You will live in shared apartments with other program participants. Welcome and farewell meals are included in the program fee. Additional meals can be cooked in the housing, or at local cafeterias and eateries.
Excursions assist in illuminating program coursework and will take place in Dublin and surrounding areas. Excursions around Dublin may include visits to the National Library of Ireland; Glendalough; Newgrange; Kilmainham Gaol; and the Abbey, Gaiety, and Smock Alley Theaters. Overnight excursions may include visits to Belfast in Northern Ireland and the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.
May 2021 Draft Itinerary (PDF) which is subject to change
This program might allow for a return flight deviation. Connect with your program contact about any inquiries.
This program is led by Martha Johnson, Assistant Dean for Learning Abroad.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Study Abroad Center, Instructor-Led|
|Program Level||3000-level coursework|
One 3-credit course
The content of this course will employ a cultural studies and performative theory approach to exploring the development and representation of Irish identity and "Irishness" in the 20th Century.
You will be asked to engage with the subject of Irish identity and consider its development and representation in a variety of ways. This course will be interdisciplinary in nature, and you will critically engage with ideas of culture, religion, gender, politics, and modern Ireland.
You will read several Irish plays including On Baile's Strand by Yeats and The Rising of the Moon by Lady Gregory, read excerpts from books on Ireland, and watch films depicting Irish history and culture. Some of these films include Once, In the Name of the Father, and The Commitments.
Possible assignments include film and play analyses, reflective responses to excursions, a on-site photo project, and an individual presentation on an identity theme selected by students. You will be expected to participate in all class excursions and discussions.
This course must be taken A-F. S/N grading is prohibited.
Receive credit for: TH 4382
Liberal Education Fulfillment: Literature and Global Perspectives pending
May 2021 Draft Syllabus which is subject to change
|Term||Program Dates||Priority Application Deadline*||Final Application Deadline|
|May Session 2021||May 13 – Jun 5, 2021||February 1, 2021||March 1, 2021|
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 16 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
|May Session 2021||TBD||TBD|
May 2021 Cost of Participation Forthcoming
Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. Generally, the program fees range from $5,500–$7,500. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||May Session 2021|
|Program Name||Global Seminar: Inventing Ireland|
|Track Name||Inventing Ireland|
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toAmy Garwood-Diaz or call at 612.624.1537.
Tuesday, December 15th 11a.m.–12p.m.