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API students have several options for summer study abroad in Limerick, including business and Irish studies. The available tracks are taught at the 300 level, and combine academic rigor with opportunities to experience contemporary life in Ireland and view some spectacular scenery.
API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Limerick programs. All excursions are subject to change.
Blarney Castle and Cork City are well worth a visit and will not disappoint. Legend has it that to kiss the Blarney Stone located at the famous 600 year old Blarney Castle will give you the gift of the gab (gift of eloquence) forever. The extensive castle gardens are also an amazing attraction to view. After Blarney Castle visit Cork City at the heart of the southern capital. Cork was celebrated as European Capital of Culture in 2005 and also selected as a top ten city in the world by the Lonely Planet Guide in 2010. Don’t miss the chance to visit this gem of a city and discover why Corkonians consider Cork City to be the real capital of Ireland!
Built in 1425, the Bunratty Castle and the surrounding Folk Park grounds shine a light on the daily lives of its 15th- and 16th-century inhabitants. In the 1640s the castle and grounds were abandoned and left to ruin for centuries. However, in the 1950s the process of restoring it to its former grandeur began. Open to the public, it is a labyrinth of staircases and rooms that one can wander and explore while imagining a life long ago. Bunratty Folk Park recreates rural and urban life in 19th-century Victorian Ireland. There is an extensive array of vernacular buildings; indicative of all of the social strata from the poorest one roomed dwelling to Bunratty House, a fine example of a Georgian residence for the gentry.
Dublin, located on the east coast of the island, is the capital of the Republic of Ireland. Dublin is a lively city filled with history and youth, ancient architecture and contemporary structures. In addition to the National Museum, the National Gallery, Dublin Castle, and Kilmainham Jail, Dublin also features wonderful gardens, including the Garden of Remembrance and the National Botanic Gardens.
The Wild Atlantic Way is a world-famous coastal route that spans seven of Ireland’s counties, taking in some breathtaking scenery along the way. Stops may include the Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, the Spanish Point, Doolin, the Ailwee Caves, the Burren, and more!
TOTAL CREDITS - 3 semester credits
The following tracks are available and offer 3 credits over a 3 week period:
API students will receive their transcript from the University of Limerick upon completion of their program.
Nikki Madden will be your Resident Director and a resource for you while you are in Ireland!
Rachel Mogan will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!
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Students will choose between one of the following tracks: Irish Studies, Irish Theater, and Drama, Business Studies, Health Care, or Sports Science.
API partner universities in Ireland operate on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). It is generally accepted that in order to convert from ECTS to U.S. credits, one should divide the ECTS total by 2, whereby most courses are worth 3 U.S. credits.
This course presents a survey of Irish theater from the beginning of the Irish Literary Theatre in 1899 to 1999. Playwrights examined will include Yeats, Lady Gregory, Synge, O’Casey, Behan, Beckett, Friel, McPherson, Carr, and McDonagh. This course will provide an introduction to Irish drama in the 2oth Century as well as explore the relationship of Irish nationalism and Irish theater. Students will attend professional theater productions in Dublin and Galway as well as visit historical literary sites.
Language of Instruction: English
Recommended US semester credits: 3
This course offers students an exciting opportunity to develop their short story writing skills. Students will attend a daily series of lectures and workshops on topics such as ‘strategies for creating effective characters’, ‘approaches to writing dialogue’, and ‘considering structure and plot in short fiction’. Through an analysis of the work of established short story writers, students will identify and explore strategies for effective short story writing. With regular writing activities and ongoing feedback on their writing, students will work collectively and individually to complete their own piece of short fiction.
This summer school illustrates to students how a sociological lens can help us increase our understanding of the challenges and contradictions faced by contemporary Irish society. Over the last two decades Irish society has been experiencing a period of rapid social, cultural, economic and ideological change. From 1994 to 2007, Ireland experienced an economic boom, commonly known as the Celtic Tiger. During this fourteen-year period, prosperity, affluence and optimism were at unprecedented levels. As a result, Irish society became more secular, globalised, consumerist and multicultural. Now, Irish society stands at a perplexing crossroads where national and international recession, rising unemployment, political and social uncertainty and change can all be found.
Language of Instruction: English
Terrorism undoubtedly represents one of the most challenging international crimes in contemporary times. The exponential growth of terror cells and sophisticated international criminal networks is recognized as one of the defining features of the twenty-first century thus far. In light of these developments, this course will introduce students to the criminal justice system and theories relating to crime and terrorism. Students will learn about the practical operation of the criminal justice system, as well as being introduced to theoretical perspectives on criminal justice, including criminological and penological theories.
Ireland is famous for its myths and legends, stories of mythical creatures (including leprechauns and banshees) and ancient tales of heroes and warriors. The earliest Irish literatures describe legendary figures on heroic quests and adventures. The Tuatha Dé Dananna (the peoples of the Goddess Danu), balor of the Evil Eye, the Táin Bó Cúailinge (Cattle Raid of Cooley), the warrior Queen Meabh, Finn Mac Cumhaill and the Fianna are among the characters and events populating the ancient landscapes of Irish myth and legend. Using a range of well-known stories, children’s literature, films and media, the class will consider the enduring importance of Irish myth and legend and the persistence of these themes in contemporary society.
This course will take students on a fascinating journey exploring the historical development of three selected pillars/themes of justice in Ireland: punishment, sexuality, and families. Students will investigate the historical development of punishment in Ireland (‘folk-devils’), the historical regulation of sexual behavior and offending (‘fornicators’) and the historical evolution of family justice in Ireland (‘families’). Ireland’s historically low crime rates will be juxtaposed with the historically high levels of control exerted over other members of society, such as unmarried mothers, those suffering mental illness, debtors, and children.
This module is suitable for both business and non-business majors. This module looks at how technologies, tools and theories used in the business world can be applied to affect positive social change. The module introduces students to questions of business responsibility and ethical practice and is designed to engage students for the wider social good.
This module is suitable for both business and non-business majors. The module examines important concepts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and how these may be applied practically to the twenty-first century workplace. Over the course of three weeks, students will cover the evolution of CSR and develop an understanding of how ethical standards link to sustainability and best practice in business.
This course provides a unique opportunity for students across a variety of disciplines to develop a greater awareness of the self in transforming practice. It will draw upon individual experiences and explore strategies for developing individual and collaborative approaches within contemporary healthcare practice. Developing emotional intelligence offers a foundation towards transforming self and caring practice. Incorporating a Celtic spiritual dimension to healthcare and gaining insights through reflection will create important opportunities for dialogue, debate, sharing knowledge, insights, and experiences.
In this module, students will learn to examine the application of psychological strategies, concepts, and theories in exercise and physical activity settings. Additionally, students will identify and seek to address the underlying mechanisms for behavior change (i.e., increased physical activity) so that interventions that can be disseminated and make a real and lasting difference. On completing this module, students will have developed an understanding of interventions and initiatives that increase and maintain physical activity involvement, and they will be able to conduct a needs assessment with respect to their own lifestyle behaviors using a variety of methods.
API students live in university-owned student apartments located a short distance from the University of Limerick campus. Apartments generally consist of 6 single bedrooms, a shared living area, and a shared kitchen. Each room has a private bathroom, and standard apartments are non-smoking. API summer students will live alongside American and other international students. It is common for apartments to be co-ed. Three meals per day are included for summer students.