This course aims to equip students with a basic knowledge of the primary historical and cultural factors that have contributed to the development of contemporary Irish socio/cultural identity. The course has 3 modules – Irish History, Anglo-Irish Literature, and the Political Landscape of Ireland.
The Irish History segment is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the broad sweep of Irish history from the earliest Stone Age inhabitants right up to the “Celtic Tiger” and economic boom of the early 21st century.
An introduction to Anglo-Irish literature focuses on the writings of such authors as W. B. Yeats, J. M. Synge, and James Joyce. The aim of this course is to familiarize students with literary, social and cultural factors that led to the development of a body of literature that is of great importance in both national and world contexts.
The Political Landscape of Ireland introduces students to both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It examines the contemporary political landscape in the Republic of Ireland by exploring topics such as political culture, the constitution, political parties, elections and the electoral system, the government and the Oireachtas (parliament), the position of the Taoiseach (prime minister) and Ireland’s position in the European Union.
The modules are interactive in terms of delivery by lecturers and participation by students.