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Short Course - Foreword

Adult Continuing Education, University College Cork, is pleased to present a newly augmented range of short courses for the Autumn/Winter Semester 2018. Since 2005, Adult Continuing Education (ACE) has been offering an extensive programme of short courses. The number of courses on offer has increased steadily since this time, as has the number of participants that are attracted to our programmes. We are now one of the leading providers of short courses in an Irish university context. The short course programme is an integral part of ACE’s identity and our reputation for offering high quality, relevant and topic-diverse courses has gained in the public awareness. The success of our programme can, in part, rest with the fact that each year we strive to add new course subjects to our existing portfolio. This brings a sense of vibrancy and freshness to our programme and encourages, amongst potential participants, a sense of anticipation for what the new academic year might bring. Our selection is guided by the intention to appeal to a broad range of interests, concerns, and needs. To satisfy such a range, our courses cover a diverse range of topics from Mindful Parenting to Creative Writing; Art Therapy to Employment Law; Positive Psychology to Digital Photography. We hope that from the courses on offer, you will find one, if not more, that either serve to strengthen your knowledge in an area of existing interest or perhaps introduce you to a new area of learning or perhaps facilitate your professional development. 

Furthermore, these courses showcase the work and interests of the University in a public forum. We would like to thank and acknowledge our many internal and external partners whose participation brings success and energy to our courses. 

Curious by Nature

We are by nature curious for the new, be it new information, new opinions or new viewpoints. We trust that participation in a course of study will enable you to think in new ways. More importantly, we wish that your choice of course brings you enjoyment and intellectual reward in an informal and sociable setting. 

While our courses are non-assessed, we see them as a means of engaging you in the rewards of lifelong learning; your participation may be the first step towards committing yourself to a more dedicated programme of education and self discovery in the future. Our short courses are not only accessible but they are also a very enjoyable and sociable way to touch with learning. And, I’m happy to say that many students who come to UCC through a short course continue to longer accredited and degree courses. We aim to open to the door and welcome people in and once they take that step inside we work to build confidence and to foster amongst our students a love of learning for both personal and professional development.  

We wish you very success and enjoyment on our programmes.  

New Developments

New developments and courses for this semester include: 

This year we are collaborating with Cork Opera House and the School of Music and Theatre, UCC, to bring you an innovative new programme, Exploring Live Performance at Cork Opera House. This course will take place in the Opera House and is a mix of lectures and actor and director workshops. The course fee includes admission to five performances between September and December 2018.  

We also have a wide range of new course offerings, which includes: 

  • An Introduction to Cyber Psychology 
  • Classical Architecture: mother of all the arts 
  • Enigmatic and Mysteries Literary Genius Elena Ferrante and her My Brilliant Friend 
  • How to be Good: a beginner’s guide to moral philosophy
  • Islam and Muslims: an introduction 
  • Reading the Renaissance: love, power and politics
  • Reinventing National Values: social change in Ireland 1979-2018
  • Sea Power: an introduction to naval history
  • Struck in the Middle with EU: Ireland, Northern Ireland and the politics of Brexit 
  • The World of Jane Austen and the Novels 
  • Wildlife in the Irish Landscape 

Adult Continuing Education

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