Consider how creativity and innovation can solve world problems in Ireland and the US.
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Understanding historical innovation is an important lens through which to examine current innovation and society’s changes over time. Learn about innovation in a broad context and connect and apply these concepts to the rich Irish history of innovation across disciplines, including art, science, and technology.
An important part of this course is examining why and how the shift from an agricultural-based economy has occurred, as well as immersing within Irish culture to better understand its role facilitating this environment in a small island country. We will explore Irish innovation and culture across disciplines and through readings, lectures, and experiences in country to various sites, including the Science Gallery and the National Museum. You will emerge with an understanding of how business and government practices foster creativity in a country beyond the US.
We will examine ancient innovations such as Newgrange, and the Book of Kells, as well as start-ups and multinational companies like Google, Facebook, and AirBnB that make Dublin the “heart of technology in Europe.” We will also look at current and historical practices in the Irish economy, cultivated through public policy, government agencies such as the Industrial Development Authority, foreign direct investment, and multinational companies.
You will live in shared rooms with fellow program participants. Breakfast and welcome and farewell meals are included in the program fee. We will take additional meals in the housing or at local restaurants/pubs.
This seminar is taught by John Ward, a professor within the College of Biological Sciences, and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. He taught this course previously in 2017 and 2018, and Freshman Seminars Abroad in Iceland in 2019 and 2020.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Level||1900-level course|
One 3-credit course
Combine on-campus class during the spring semester with study abroad during spring break. On-campus Spring Semester 2021 course meets: Wednesdays from 2:30–4:10 p.m. on East Bank. Abroad term: Spring Break 2021
Student assessment includes an online discussion, one short and two 3- to 4-page essays, one group presentation, an experiential journal while in Ireland, and preparing a video shortly after returning from Ireland.
Receive Credit for: BIOL 1904
Liberal Education Fulfillments: Global Perspectives
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Spring Break 2021||April 2 - 11, 2021||Dec 1, 2020|
Important Note: This program departs for Ireland on Friday, April 2. If you have any classes on that date, you may need to miss them in order to travel.
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.
Wednesdays, 2:30–4:10 p.m., on East Bank- Minneapolis Campus
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.
|Spring Break 2021||TBD|
The program fee includes airfare, housing, program administration, welcome and farewell meals, most additional meals, international health insurance, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, airport transfers, and in-country transportation for all course related activities. Typically, program fees for this program range between $3,700–$4,700. Students must also budget for passport and passport photos, a few meals, spending money, 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||Spring Break 2021|
|Program Name||Freshman Seminar Abroad: Tradition & Innovation in Ireland|
|Track Name||Tradition & Innovation in Ireland|
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
Your participation on this program is secured by applying and confirming through the Learning Abroad Center application process.
You will also need to register for the on-campus course BIOL 1904.
Note: Registering for the course, but not confirming through the Learning Abroad Center, will not hold your spot in the program.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toAmy Garwood-Diaz or call at 612.624.1537.