SUMMER IN DUBLIN
TEMPTED TO EXPLORE?
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.
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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 University Study Abroad in Dublin,Ireland
"Where the world is old and the mysteries real."
IRELAND IS CALLING
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.
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.
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.
Terrorists and Freedom Fighters: Modern Irish National Security
For decades, the Catholics and Protestants of Northern Ireland fought a dirty, terrible, “irregular” war. Why did this happen, how was it fought, and how did it (mostly) end? This class examines a series of core concepts from national security studies through the lens of the Irish experience. Using the “Troubles” of Northern Ireland as its central case, this discussion-based course will address big questions about war, peace and the nature of humanity. Readings, films and field trips will enhance the experience.
The Fighting Irish: The Violent Origins of the Irish National Identity
How could the famously amiable Irish national identity emerge from a history marked by violence and injustice? This course analyzes the military history of the Emerald Isle, from its early origins through independence, using a combination of lectures, discussions, field trips and film. We will examine the events that made the Irish who they are, many of which – though they occurred long ago – remain as relevant to Irish national identity today as if they happened only yesterday.
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.