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  • Locations: Ballycastle, United Kingdom; Belfast, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Non-UD Students: No Field of study: Humanities, Social Sciences
Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer Click here for a definition of this term Academic Level: Undergraduate
CAP-Approved Courses: Yes
Program Description:

CAP-focused Program in Ireland: Faith, Nationalism, and Social MovementsIreland, Michele Zynch

About the Program

Come explore The Emerald Isle with fellow Flyers! Choose from three courses exploring the rich history, traditions, culture, and beauty of the Irish countryside and vibrant city life. Courses in communication, religious studies, and anthropology will give students the chance to examine communities in Ireland throughout the ages with a particular focus on dynamics of faith, identity, politics, and social action over time. The global cities of Dublin and Belfast along with lesser-trod paths in rural communities and retreat centers will be our living classrooms as they are laden with history, rich in diversity, but also fraught with conflict centered on cultural and religious identities. Together, faculty and students will deeply explore multiple and diverse sites in the Emerald Isle.

Curricular Options

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.

REL 228: Faith Traditions- Historical Encounters (3 credits)
CAP: Crossing Boundaries- Faith Traditions; Diversity and Social Justice
Fulfill CAP Crossing Boundaries: Faith Traditions and Diversity/Social Justice requirements in Ireland next summer by getting a close look at religious conflict and peacemaking in Irish history, especially between Catholics and Protestants. Site visits also enable us to encounter ancient religions and early Christian monasticism in Ireland. We’ll reflect on how these encounters with religious history help us think about our own beliefs, traditions, and practices.
CMM 355: Rhetoric of Social Movements (3 credits)
CAP: Crossing Boundaries- Integrative; Diversity and Social Justice
In addition, meets requirements towards: Human Rights Studies major, Political Science major

Fulfill CAP Diversity/Social Justice and Crossing Boundaries: Integrative requirements by exploring issues of identity politics, the effects of globalization, and protest/activism in Ireland. In this course, we discuss various forms of bringing about issue awareness and social change, as well as, the historical-political contexts by which social movements are shaped. By the end of the course, you should be able to recognize various social movement rhetorics and understand the role of civic engagement by individuals in Ireland and apply these ideas to other local, national, or international communities. [Also counts towards Human Rights Studies and Political Science majors].
ANT 340: Place, Culture and Social Justice (3 credits)
CAP:  Crossing Boundaries - Practical Ethical Action; Diversity and Social Justice
In addition, meets requirements towards: SEE major or minor, ANT minor

Fulfill CAP requirements in Diversity/Social Justice and Crossing Boundaries: Practical Ethical Action through this immersive class, where we’ll explore the central role of space and place as it both reflects and constructs cultural identities, social inequalities, and relations of power in Ireland. Themes of particular interest in the course will include the contested history and heritage embedded in Irish landscapes, shifting cultural identities and territorial relationships under late capitalism and economic restructuring, the construction of borders and national territories, and practices of residential segregation that maintain social difference and inequality. [Also counts towards a SEE major or minor or ANT minor].
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 mini-course required of all student participants.


Dr. Cassandra Secrease, Lecturer, Department of Communication (Site Coordinator)
Dr. Jana Bennett, Professor, Department of Religious Studies
Dr. Miranda Hallett, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & 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.

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making 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 details for your MAXIE course are as follows:

UDI 220
CRN: 12881
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm

Once you have committed to the program, please register for this Spring 2019 mini-course, which meets March 6 - May 1, 2019. Be on the lookout for an email from the Office of Education Abroad with details on how to register.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.