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UNI Literature in Ireland Capstone
Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland
Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Major: Liberal and General Studies Type of Programs: Short-term Instructor-led (by a UNI professor)
Language: English Work/Internship: No
Language Study Program: No Credit Type: UNI Direct Credit
Credit Level: Undergraduate Housing Type: Off-campus
ActivityType: Study Income Opportunities: No
Sponsorship: UNI Instructor-led: Yes
Capstone: Yes
Program Description:
Literature in Ireland is a short-term summer study abroad program conducted by Dr. Jim O’Loughlin of the Department of Languages and Literatures.  The program is centered around the Capstone course (which can also be taken as a Languages and Literatures literature class), The Myth of Ireland: Literature, Culture, and History, and it involves travel to four locations in Ireland: the metropolis Dublin, the country spa town Lisdoonvarna, the western Island Inishbofin, and the western cultural capital Galway. Throughout the time abroad, we will visit Irish cultural landmarks while studying key works of Irish literature and often traveling to the places that inspired them.
Program Location

Course Leader
James O’Loughlin, Associate Professor

Department: Languages and Literatures
Phone: 319-273-3849
Campus Address: BAK 224
Academic Program
Capstone: The Myth of Ireland: Literature, Culture, & History,  CAP159:65, 3 credits
This class focuses on Irish and Irish American literature, taking advantage whenever possible of Irish locations that relate to the material.  The course examines the development of modern Ireland through literature, focusing on issues including Irish-American immigration, “the Troubles,” and the relationship between urban and rural areas in Ireland.

Central questions to be addressed via course readings include: 
  • How do characters in these stories respond to traumatic personal histories? 
  • What storylines help or hinder them as they try to narrativize their pasts? 
  • What is the image of Ireland that they continue to carry with them and how does that compare with the Ireland you observe? 
Class topics include: “The Troubles:” British colonialism and Irish resistence, Cosmopolitan Dublin and the Folk West, Contemporary issues in Irish literature, and James Joyce in Ireland.

Sample itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Arrive in Dublin

Day 2-5: Class and Dublin sight-seeing: walking tour, Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour, National Museum of Archeology and History; other cultural events TBAIrish Countryside

Day 6: Travel to Listoonvarna

Day 7: Class; visit Cliffs of Moher and the Burren

Day 8: Travel to Island of Inishbofin

Day 9: Class; walking tour of island

Day 10: Travel to Galway; walking tour

Day 11: Class; visit by poet Joan McBreen; Galway Cathedral concert, if possible

Day 12: Class; Claddagh walking tour

Day 13: Class; free afternoon/evening

Day 14-15: Return to Dublin; Abbey Theatre performance, Ulysses walking tour, and James Joyce Centre

Day 16: Depart from Dublin; Return to U. S.
Accommodations and Meals

Students will stay in hostels/hotels arranged by the Study Abroad Office and paid for before departure.  The students will pay for most meals while abroad. Only a few meals are built into the cost of the program.  Students are encouraged to try local foods while abroad.
Program Costs

The total estimated cost for this program is $4,500 - $5,000.

  •     Round-trip airfare
  •     UNI Tuition and Fees for 3 credits
  •     Housing while abroad
  •     Transportation while abroad
  •     Group meals
  •     Cultural activities
  •     Personal Expenses
Students pay UNI tuition and fees (in-state or out-of-state), the $65 application fee, and the study abroad administration fee to participate. See the program's budget sheet for cost details.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 04/17/2014 
Rolling Admission 07/28/2014 08/12/2014
Summer 2015 02/16/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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