Sacred Space: Star Wars, Game of Thrones & Ireland on Screen

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sacred Space: Star Wars, Game of Thrones & Ireland on Screen

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Irish Culture, Television Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Landscape, ethnography, and visual culture come together on this course, in which the students will examine why Ireland is so often used as a backdrop to films. Students will learn about the history of Ireland and representations of Irishness. A class on stereotypes and film tropes will illustrate how these conventions produce meaning in a film. Combining this knowledge of Ireland and visual literacy, the students shall then consider four separate Irish film locations: The North, Kerry and The Skelligs, the Cliffs of Moher and Dublin City. They will see how multi-layered understandings of culture, landscape and film technique produce entertaining and yet complex readings of sacred, spiritual and alien worlds. The module will include a trip to The Skelligs in Kerry, location of the Star Wars films The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations