Travelling to Dublin, Belfast, and Derry/Londonderry, students will discover how Ireland’s past is inseparably entangled with its present and how old wounds fester in current politics. The themes examined in this course include concepts of national identity (Irishness and Britishness); the religious conflict and peace-making attempts within Ireland; and considerations of new tensions wrought by international migration and regional politics. In each of the destinations of this intensive nine-day seminar, students will directly engage with aspects of Ireland’s past which impact on its present, including reactions to Brexit, the eighth amendment referendum on abortion, and the economic crisis.
May also be registered as HST 300.4 or PSC 400.4. The three credits earned for this pre-semester seminar will be included in the maximum 19 credits that you can earn for your semester abroad. You must enroll in a minimum of 15 credits—including this seminar—for the semester.