Explorations in Ireland: Peoples and Places – Past and Present
About the Program
Come explore Ireland with fellow Flyers! Choose from three courses examining the rich and complex history, traditions, and cultures of Irish peoples, past and present. The courses in English, religious studies, and sociology, students will guide student learning through interactions with persons and places in Belfast and Dublin and surrounding areas. Whether in the countryside exploring an ancient monastic ruins or engaging individuals living and working in the vibrant global cities of Dublin and Belfast, students will inhabit living classrooms-- laden with history, rich in diversity, but also fraught with conflict centered on cultural and religious identities. Together, faculty and students will explore popular as well as less well-known sites in the Emerald Isle.
Students are required to enroll in 7 credit hours, but may enroll in 10 credit hours. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin. In addition, we have listed the current CAP status for each course. However, students should consult DegreeWorks for the most accurate information since courses that satisfy CAP requirements may vary by year of admission or according to a student's major. The Degree Audit is specific to each student. Consult your academic advisor for details.
SOC 333: Sociology of Sexualities
Students often think about sexuality from an individualistic perspective such as from a psychological or biological approach. This course shifts students' perspectives by examining how social forces and cultural norms influence something that they think of as so intimate and private. This course allows students to develop a greater understanding of sexualities, and places the current political discourse within a framework supported by social science research. It offers students opportunities to question assumptions about sexualities and to develop a critical awareness that applies to their own lives. In this course, we examine the theoretical, ethical, and conceptual issues, empirical research and social policies germane to the sociological study of human sexualities. Topics include: sexual identity and orientation; sexual assault and coercive sexuality; social control of sexuality; social locations (race, class, and gender) and sexuality; and the relationship between sexuality and the socio-political process.
CAP Status: Crossing Boundaries – Practical Ethical Action; Diversity and Social Justice
REL 228 Faith Traditions: Historical Encounters among Ireland’s Christians
Students will explore the history of Ireland’s religious faith taking full advantage of unique sites in Irish history. The course content will be organized around the following considerations: how various contemporary Irish communities imagine Ireland’s religious past and how that imagined past affects contemporary Irish Christians’ engagement (or lack of engagement) in practices of faith including those directly related to matters of social justice. This exploration will focus on three aspects of Irish religious history: 1) the origin stories of Irish Christianity including Saint Patrick and monasticism; 2) religious-political-cultural dimensions of “the troubles” in north Ireland; and 3) the influences of Irish-founded religious orders at home and abroad. Students will consider how Irish views of their religious past and present compare to and contrast with their own.
CAP Status: Crossing Boundaries – Faith Traditions; Diversity and Social Justice
ENG 336: Gender and Fiction
Study of major works of American and British male and female authors as they reflect different aspects of gender in literature. This course will examine the ways that gender is complicated by race and class, as well as other categories like sexuality and religion, through examining representations of different social identities in literature. By connecting these ideas across different works from the United States, Ireland, and England, the course will use gender as lens to identify the way individual, regional, and national forms of social affiliation influence both identity formation and social interaction.
CAP Status: Crossing Boundaries - Inquiry; Diversity and Social Justice
UDI 310: MAXIE: Experience
(1 credit; required)
This courses aims to utilize the city as the classroom where students can make sense of their experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent journaling. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD. Graded minicourse required of all student participants.
, University Professor of Faith and Culture
, Associate Professor, Department of English
, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Students must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.
For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience. All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings). The schedule for your MAXIE course is as follows:
UDI 220 - M1
Classes begin the first week of March and last until the end of April.
Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2018, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.
Cost and Refund Policy
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