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Take two full credit courses while experiencing the history and magic of the Emerald Isle.

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Explore beyond the Classroom


All courses have scheduled periodic field trips and excursions to sites and museums in the Dublin area and surrounding villages.  In addition, there will be a four-day trip around Ireland for the entire group.  The cost of all trips is included in the price of the program.



Tulane students have single accommodations in dormitory style housing at University College Dublin.  Kitchen facilities are included and a grocery store is located on campus in addition to restaurants. All field trips, including a four day trip around Ireland and one day trip to Northern Ireland as well as housing and a transportation pass are included in the price of the program.  Housing is located near public transportation making it easy to travel around Dublin and surrounding areas. The Tulane Summer in Dublin Program also allows for independent travel time.  Students are encouraged to travel on one additional long weekend to locations within Ireland or beyond.





Tulane University Study Abroad in Dublin,Ireland
"Where the world is old and the mysteries real."



ANTH 3090

In Sickness and in Health: Disease, Death and the Living in Ireland              


     Dublin today is one of the most cosmopolitan and wealthiest cities in the world, yet did you know that in 1911, it had a higher per capita death rate than the “Black hole of Calcutta,” a city plagued with cholera and other deadly epidemics? Did you know that Irish “bog bodies” (natural human mummies) from Neolithic through Medieval times tell us much about health, diet, and even torture (!) in ancient Ireland?  Or that scurvy (due to Vitamin C deficiency) was a common malady associated with the “Irish Potato Famine”? This class examines centuries of health and disease in Ireland through an anthropological lens, giving us thought-provoking insight into Irish life and death, past and present.


 HISE 3910

 Prostitution, Prohibition, Protest:  Dublin 1870-1930

     Illicit Sex, Illegal Alcohol & Forbidden Protest  Dublin at the turn of the century! 

     Come explore Dublin through the different lenses of Prostitution, Prohibition and Protest. The politics of morality will be examined by studying prostitution: how prolific it was, the consequences of engaging in the sex trade and what the State and Church did to curtail the activity.  We will also explore the politics of prohibition and the role of alcohol in Irish life, business and culture. Finally, the politics of protest laid bare the struggles of most working class people of Dublin and the horrific conditions in which they lived.  Complicating matters, Dublin was the center for the resurgence of nationalism which led to the 1916 Easter Rising and eventually to a free and independent Ireland.  Field trips around Dublin will bring a deeper understanding to the topics and also allow students to explore where events unfolded.


POLC 3011

Approaching the Troubles Through Film: 

Sectarian Conflict & Legacy Since the 1960s

     This course provides an introduction to the sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, commonly known as “the Troubles”, as represented through film. There have been many excellent films made about this conflict. We will not be able to view them all, but we have a representative sample and will engage in supplementary reading to increase our understanding of the issues and people portrayed in the films. Northern Ireland is a fascinating place and its history and politics are fertile ground for artistic expression. This course will examine conflict in Northern Ireland as seen through the eyes of politicians, participants, and victims. Every political agenda has some representation in this four-week session.  The films are from many time periods, but the majority concern the period from the late-1960s to the mid-1990s and the Good Friday Agreement.  We will watch six films in and outside of class and interpret these films with the aid of exterior reading, lecture, and of course our own personal experiences while studying abroad. 


POLC 3012

Modern Irish Politics:

From the Free State to the Free Market- Ireland in the 20th and 21st Century


  This course provides an introduction to contemporary Irish politics. We will emphasize the political culture, institutions, and electoral dynamics of the Republic, though we will also briefly consider the politics of Northern Ireland and in particular their influence on Irish issues. We will also spend some time discussing the political economy of Ireland and the country’s historical and present relationship with the European Union. Particular emphasis is devoted to understanding the issues and cleavages which divide the main political parties in Ireland, and Ireland’s self-image as a distinct polity. This course assumes no prior knowledge of Irish politics, though the introductory courses in international relations and comparative politics at Tulane will be helpful. This class will generate a large amount of understanding in a short amount of time, and students can expect to increase their ability to interpret both Irish and European politics through this immersive experience.


HISE 2910

Irish Culture, History and Society


Is there more to Irish food than potatoes?

How can a wake be merry?

Why do the Irish love to argue?

And what is this obsession they have with sports?

     This course will explore these and many other relevant topics as we undertake the journey to explore Irish society and culture in a historic sense while also examining which traditions are still part of the cultural landscape of Ireland today. Field trips around Dublin and Ireland will allow students to personally explore these topics as they learn more about Ireland's culture, history and society.


ANTH 3091

Ancient Ireland


Newgrange, Tara, Knowth, Glantane, Drombeg Circle, Kilclooney More, Ballykeel – prehistoric sites abound in Ireland, with names that are as evocative as the sites are beautiful and mysterious. This class will dive into prehistoric Ireland, starting with the first hunter-gatherers who settled here shortly after the Emerald Isle shed its last glacier at end of the Ice Age. We then move through the Neolithic and Bronze Age with their stone circles, giant monuments and portal tombs, then onto trade and commerce with the Roman Empire, up through the first Viking settlements established on the island’s sheltered harbors. We will be visiting many of these sites in person for this course where you can experience the magic of Ireland first hand!

Laura D. Kelley Ph.D.


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