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Sacred Heart University Ireland Intersession Program
Dingle, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
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Restrictions: Scranton applicants only
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Instruction Language: English Language Prereqs.: No prerequisites
Language Courses: None
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Fields of study:
Sociology, Theology/Religious Studies
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Eligibility-Class: 03 Second Semester Sophomore
Credits/Term: 3
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US University Study Center
Housing Options: Apartment
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About SHU in Dingle


Sacred Heart University offers perhaps the most immersive Irish Studies program anywhere, as students have the unrivaled opportunity to delve into Irish culture in the heart of the Irish-speaking Dingle Gaeltacht region. Students do not merely read about Ireland; they live the Irish experience through hands-on seminars led by accomplished scholars and local experts using Dingle as the campus classroom. All of our courses feature active participation and immersion – both in and out of the classroom. What develops is a profound understanding of Celtic culture and society, historically and in the modern world. The SHU in Dingle experience is offered in short term ?and semester options.

Sacred Heart University's Center for Irish Cultural Studies
The Center for Irish Cultural Studies promotes the study, understanding and appreciation of Irish and Celtic culture, history and language through a variety of academic programs, public lectures, music concerts and other performing arts programs, including study abroad at the SHU campus in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland.

Sacred Heart University
Sacred Heart University, the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs on its main campus in Fairfield, Connecticut, and satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 7,000 students attend the University’s six colleges: Arts & Sciences; Health Professions; Nursing; University College; the Jack Welch College of Business; and the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its guides Best 379 Colleges – 2015 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 296 Business Schools – 2015 Edition. U.S.News & World Report ranks SHU among the best master’s universities in the North in its annual “America’s Best Colleges” publication. Sacred Heart was also mentioned in Money magazine’s ranking of Fairfield as one of the best towns to live. As one of just 23 institutions nationally, SHU is a member of the Association of American Colleges & Universities' (AAC&U) Core Commitments Leadership Consortium, in recognition of its core, “The Human Journey.” SHU fields 32 division I athletic teams and has an award-winning program of community service. 

Winter (January 2017)

ED341/541 Irish and American Education in Comparative Perspective
This course, based in the Gaeltacht region of West Kerry, compares the education system in Ireland with that of the United States. Topics addressed include curriculum and instruction, funding and governance, teacher preparation, multiculturalism, language policy, and contemporary school reform. Student will be introduced to the students and teachers of Dingle, Ireland and experience the Irish education system up-close and personal. You will observe classrooms in action, learn from Irish teachers and administrators, and meet teacher candidates and their professors. Open to all students in FCE teacher preparation programs, the course counts in lieu of Education in the United States, Multicultural Education, or an MAT elective. ED 402 for undergraduate credit or ED 502 for graduate credit.

MK299 Tourism and Marketing: A Study of Ireland
Worldwide tourism is continuing to grow and has been identified as a critical industry for the economies of many different countries, each linking their attractions primarily to cultural identities. Ireland is one of the leading tourist destinations and the country’s tourist leaders have developed this position over decades as Ireland relies heavily on revenue generated from this source. It is estimated that overseas visitor numbers reached 6.29 million in 2011, a 7% increase from 2010. How does Ireland go about creating their specific brand image in marketing Ireland as a ‘holiday destination’? How have they created the Irish mystique that attracts so many tourists each year? This class will explore these questions in developing a better understanding of tourism marketing and how Ireland has become a leader in this sector. The class will utilize a readings list, case studies, social media and site visits to explore this topic.

MU106 Introduction to Irish Traditional Music
This course will provide students with a thorough overview of traditional Irish music, song and dance from their earliest references right up to today's influence on the world music stage. Aural as well as some basic traditional musicianship skills will be developed over the course of fifteen weeks. The students will experience firsthand the Irish music scene locally. Attendance at sessions and "céilís" will enable them to savor Traditional music in its natural social setting. The course will study the history and development of the tradition, while also ensuring the students gain a deeper understanding of this tradition by learning some practical skills.

PS212 Abnormal Psychology
Examines mental disorders or psychopathology, including possible causal factors of these disorders. The major classifications of disorders studied include both disorders primarily diagnosed during childhood, such as autism/autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and mental retardation, as well as disorders commonly diagnosed in adulthood, such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, etc. Prerequisite: PS 110

TRS 271 Celtic Religious Traditions
The mythic history of Ireland and “beginning” of the Irish, and the traditions by which the Irish have come to identify themselves and give meaning to their world. Study of the
religious function of social institutions; gods, goddesses and ruling powers; holy places; feasting and sacrifice; spirits and ancestors; and the other world.


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