Irish Life and Literature

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Irish Life and Literature

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Celtic Studies, Literature, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module Aim 

    To provide visiting US students with a comprehensive introduction to Irish history and culture by means of three, interlinked strands of learning.


    Students attend an intensive series of lecture/ seminars in which they are instructed in the history of modern Ireland, Irish writing in English and Irish folklore and folklife. The three stands cover such diverse but linked topics as the emergence of the modern Ireland, the impact of the Great Irish Famine, the origin of the Irish Folklore Commission, Storytelling and folk belief and the development of Irish literature.

    Learning Experience 

    The Summer School module comprises three strands of fifteen contact hours, totalling forty-five lecture hours of study. Preparatory reading and the format of small group teaching facilitates an intensive learning environment which is supplmented by field trips and expert guided tours.

    Learning Outcomes 

    Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

    On the successful completion of the course students will: Understand the key issues and historical events which underpinned the struggle for Irish Independence Identify the main historical figures and organizations associated with the creation of a modern state in Ireland Appreciate the significance of informal eduction, folk practise and tradition in pre-Famine Irish society Account for the emergence of a Hiberno-English literary culture in Ireland Appropriately contextualize the careers of Joyce, Yeats and other major writers.


    Prime Text/s

    • T. Bartlett (1992) The fall and rise of the Irish Nation,
    • D. Dickson (2000) New Foundations, Ireland 1660-1800,
    • D. Kiberd (1996) Inventing Ireland: the Literature of the Modern Nation,

    Other Texts:

    • J. Cahalan (1999) Double Visions: Women and Men in Modern and Contemporary Irish Fiction
    • J. McCabe (1983) James Joyce and the Revolution of the Word
    • J.J. Lee (1989) Ireland, 1912-88.

    Sites We Visit 

    • Limerick City and Environs
    • Dublin City
    • Cliffs of Moher/Lahinch

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


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