Course Title: Summer School in Irish Studies
College: International Education Office
Duration: Duration: 1 July to 26 July 2013
Teaching Mode: Full-time
NFQ Level: N/A
Costs: The cost of attending the School for non-EU citizens is €2,200 and for EU citizens €1,500. This covers single-room accommodation from Sunday, 1 July to Friday, 26 July 2013, inclusive of tuition, certain social events, field-trips and meals on field-trips, but excluding daily meals.
Entry Requirements: The School welcomes students who take the course for credit and also those who choose not to enrol for credit. Students who wish to register for credit are expected to have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.85 or above.
Course Code: IEO
Closing Date (Non-EU): 12 April 2013
Next Intake: 1 July 2013
We hope that the 34th Summer School in Irish Studies will bring inspiration and an understanding of Irish history and literature to all who journey to UCC in 2013. The School runs for four weeks in the month of July. For two weeks, the School will explore Irish identity formation and expression in its historical context from the earliest descriptions of Ireland and its inhabitants, to modern contestations of that identity.
During the two weeks devoted to literature, the School will examine how twentieth-century writers sought to define a sense of cultural identity by exploring the idealised version of Ireland’s past.
Conflict and debate about identity have dominated Ireland’s history. From the earliest times to the present, different communities with their different ethnic, political, and religious affiliations have contributed to shaping Ireland’s history and to creating its distinctive identity. The history lectures, seminars, and field-trips of the Summer School explore how communities sought legitimation by claiming to embody ‘true’ Irish identity, or by declaring themselves to be the inheritors of the ‘original’ identity of Ireland’s remote past as it was expressed in its earliest art and literature.
In the literature section of the School, we will read the poetry of W.B. Yeats and the fiction of Elizabeth Bowen. Yeats, the founding figure of the Irish literary revival in the late nineteenth century, viewed the emergence of modern Ireland as the creation of the Irish literary imagination, a place “the poets have imagined terrible and gay” (‘The Municipal Gallery Revisited’, 1937). We will study poems from across his career. The novelist Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973), born in north Cork, published 12 novels and several collections of short stories. A very distinguished writer, her writing is stylish and unusual. We will read her novel The Last September and a selection of her short stories.
Application forms are available from the International Education Office. Please contact Victoria Anne Pearson at the following address: email@example.com
Study-tours are an integral part of the Summer School programme and give students the opportunity to explore the beauty of the Irish countryside and to experience the places examined in lecturers and seminars. This year, there will be study-tours to the following destinations:
First study-tour: Barryscourt Castle, Fota House and Cobh in County Cork;
Second study-tour: Emo Court,County Laois, Rock of Cashel, Cashel, County Tipperary.
There will be a theatre visit during the week of 22 July.
Students who attend the School for four weeks may take the course for up to 10 ECTS credits, 5 in Literature and 5 in History. Both sections of the School are assessed by two take-home essays and one in-class exam. Students intending to take credits need to indicate this clearly on the enrolment form.
Students should also forward a transcript of courses already completed at their own university or college clearly stating your GPA. Students should also forward the address of your home institution for processing of completed records.
The Summer School draws on the expertise of the faculty members, established scholars in their field, to deliver lecturers. Lectures are followed by discussion-based teaching in seminars of small groups where teaching assistants develop the themes of the lectures. The assistants also give students guidance and encouragement with your work.