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Course Offerings
  • COSA in Ireland
  • Introduction to COSA (Course Offered Online)
Elective Course Offerings - Semester
  • Courses from three schools at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (see list at right)
Elective Course Offerings - Summer
  • Screening Ireland: Irish Film into the 21st Century
  • Myth, Legend and Folklore: Exploring Early Irish Literature
  • Transatlantic Currents: Ireland and America in the Modern Era
* Some courses may not be offered during a given term. Please inquire. 

Travel and Excursions that Broaden Your Perspective
Travel is an essential part of studying abroad. Taking knowledge from the classroom and applying it through direct observation allows for greater classroom comprehension and cultural understanding.


Excursions MAY Include:

  • Dublin City Bus Tour for Orientation

  • Book of Kells

  • Glasnevin Cemetery

  • GAA - Gaelic Athletic Association


Additional Excursions MAY include:

  • Weekend excursion to west or southern coast 

  • Day trip to Wicklow county

  • Day trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland to visit Peace and Reconciliation centers


IPSL students in Ireland may also work with program staff on-site to arrange for independent travel to other areas of Ireland or to the continent. As with all travel, weather and other travel hindrances can affect the exact destinations of excursions. In such cases, IPSL program staff make every effort to find suitable replacement itineraries.

Academic Immersion Focused on Real Cultural Understanding 


COSA (Community Organizing & Social Activism) in Ireland  and a Service-Learning Reflections & Practicum course anchors the academics and provides a bridge of understanding between theory and the real world.

There are required courses and some electives. Students can take up to 18 semester credits. All courses are taught at the 300-level or above . Unless otherwise noted, each course carries 45 contact hours and 3 semester credits.  An official transcript for all courses is issued by IPSL Institute for Global Learning upon successful completion of the program.


Required Courses - Semester


COSA in Ireland

The focus of this course is to explore community organizing and social activism in Ireland with the goal of learning how to effectively translate these ideas and techniques into a concrete knowledge of social activism (including a practical tool set and the development of a personal ethic of advocacy) that can be applied across cultures, countries, and efforts. The course starts with an overview of social change institutions, explores the history and ethics of international service and moves to the examination of past and current political and social movements and advocacy efforts in Ireland. Students will learn the theories and practical realities of intercultural service-learning in an Irish context. This course complements IPSL community service placements and helps students make sense of their international experience in order to develop their intercultural competence. Topics are examined through the prism of hands-on community service in Irish NGOs and other non-profits and include intercultural communication, the mechanics of Irish non-profits/NGOs, citizenship in Ireland, local civic engagement/advocacy efforts and the exploration of civil society.

Contact Hours: 90

Recommended U.S. Credits: 6


Introduction to COSA (Semester Course Offered ONLINE)


This course is delivered virtually and begins before departure and completes after returning. The content includes both pre-departure and post departure information, discussion and reflection and serves to compliment the IPSL Institutions in Society Course. The course explores the theories and practical realities of intercultural service-learning™ to help make sense of the international experience and to develop intercultural competence. One credit will be awarded for 15 hours of academic reflections work and 2 credits for the  hands-on service-learning volunteering.

Contact Hours: 45 
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3


Electives - Semester

Choose up to 2 electives. from any of the courses in the three departments listed.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Not all courses are offered each term. Please inquire with IPSL.

English, Media, and Critical Theory

Courses combine the study of Literature with Film and Television studies. You will explore culture and gain insight into how it affects our daily lives. You will study literary works, media texts, film, television and visual cultures. If you are passionate about literature and the media, these courses are the perfect opportunity to develop your media literacy and refine your ability to make critically-reasoned arguments.

  • Documentary and Film Studies

  • Political Economy and Globalization

  • The 19th Century Novel

  • Tragic Theatre

  • Popular Cultures

  • Writing for multiple media platforms

  • Genres of Popular Fiction

  • 20th Century Irish Writing

  • James Joyce

  • Cultural Identities

  • Contemporary Cinema

  • Research Methods

  • Modernism

  • TV Drama

  • Work Employment and Society

  • Research Proposal Development

  • Learning Journal

New Media Studies

If you like to make videos, documentaries, tell stories or write blogs, these courses are for you. Explore the development of media and its evolution in to the digital era. Courses examine ways to both create and better understand visual and written communication in a digital culture. 

  • Documentary, Film, and Global Media Industries

  • Media Production

  • Media Narratives

  • News writing

  • Multiple Media: News Formats 

  • Gaming and media

  • The Music Industry

  • Media Technology

  • Design thinking

  • TV Drama

Arts Management 

Arts Management brings together the best of business, public relations and event management with the study of arts administration, the music industry and cultural policy. Courses introduce you to the practical skills required to work in business and the arts. 

  • Digital Marketing

  • Visual Cultures

  • Media Law

  • Media Technology

  • Entrepreneurship and Cultural Industries

  • Financial Management

  • Performance Studies

  • Cultural Event Management

  • Business Research Methods

  • Music Business

  • Sectoral Analysis

Required Courses - Summer

COSA in Ireland

See description above

Contact Hours: 90

Recommended U.S. Credits: 6

Electives - Summer (only)

One additional 3 credit course can be chosen from the list below

Screening Ireland: Irish Film into the 21st Century

Charting changes in recent Irish history, understanding the emergence of the Irish Film Industry in the 1970’s and analyzing some of Ireland’s most prolific and critically acclaimed film directors, are just some of the key elements of this course. This course introduces students to the cultural, social, and political contexts of Irish cinema. We will examine key themes and issues in films made about and in Ireland and how they have constructed notions of Irishness. Specifically, the course will address

Historical cinematic representations of Ireland and the Irish by US and British film makers, the emergence of an Irish Film industry in the 1970s, Ireland’s most prolific and critically acclaimed film directors and contemporary Irish cinema.

Contact Hours: 45 

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

Transatlantic Currents: Ireland and America in the Modern Era

This course offers an examination of the historical connections between the U.S. and Ireland over the past two hundred years.  In readings, discussions, and lectures we will explore the impact of Irish emigration to America for both the United States and Ireland, from the early Scots-Irish settlers through the exodus of the Great Famine and the generations of emigrants who followed down to the end of the twentieth century. 

Contact Hours: 45 

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

Myth Legend and Folklore: Exploring Early Irish Literature

Explore Early Irish Literature from the murky twilight of The Mythological Cycle to the fierce warriors of The Ulster Cycle and the Finn Cycle. This course examines how overtime the mythology and pagan beliefs of early Ireland transformed into modern day fairytales, folklore and superstitions. Ireland holds the position of being one of the first literary nations in Western Europe.  Legends recounting the deeds of Ireland’s mythological heroes were shared orally for hundreds of years before being preserved in writing during the medieval period.  These mystical tales, originally written in the Irish language and now widely available in translation, tell of a long lost world of Celtic gods and goddesses, of early Irish heroes and heroines, and the interaction between the land of mortals and the fairy otherworld. This course will also examine how, over time, the mythology and pagan beliefs of early Ireland transformed into modern day fairytales, folklore and superstitions. 

Contact Hours: 45 

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

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