Galway, Ireland is located on the west coast of Ireland, and sits on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay. The area is rich in the tradition of the Irish culture, particularly the arts. The area we will be staying in is the largest of the Gaeltacht areas of Ireland (where the government recognizes Irish as the 1st language and the traditional music, dance, and singing are fostered). During the three week Summer Term, you will experience the welcoming people, performing arts, and the incredibly beautiful and diverse landscape of the west coast of Ireland. In addition, learning excursions will take you to other parts of the Island to visit sites that are course related and to give you a taste of the whole island.
Course Name: Ireland's People and Culture
Course Number: COLG 280I
The course is designed for you to learn about the Gaeltacht region of Ireland near Galway.You will study the Gaeltacht area to learn about the government policy to restore the Irish language as well as social and artistic traditions in music, theatre and dance. You will reflect on the role of music, theatre and dance in the Gaeltacht region and how this has changed since 1926 with the formation of the Irish Free State. Comparisons will be made on how the Gaeltacht area differs from the rest of Ireland. You will critically reflect upon your learning to identify cultural comparisons and points of difference with the United States. The course includes classroom learning, guest speakers and learning excursions designed to complement classes. The course carries an Intercultural designation (IC) - 2 credits.
During your time in Ireland we will focus on the following learning goals:
The estimated Program Fee is $1,500 plus the cost of 2 CSB/SJU credits at the reduced summer tuition rate (approximately $573 per credit).
This price includes:
The Program Fee does not include:
Group with the President of Ireland
During our time in Galway and the surrounding areas the group will be housed at the Park Lodge Hotel located 12 KM from Galway city and 1.5 K from Spiddal. This is the same place that houses the fall semester-long study abroad program through CSB/SJU. You will live in 5 person cottages at the lodge where classrooms are also located. The cottages have fully equipped kitchens where you can cook your own meals. Washing machines and dryers are available on site for a reasonable cost. Due to the housing in cottages, we need to take into consideration applicant's affiliation with CSB or SJU. The minimum number of students accepted is 15.
Leading the program are Molly and Keith Ewing. Molly is the Humanities Librarian at CSB/SJU, Keith is retired faculty from SCSU. They have previously directed the SCSU semester and summer study abroad programs at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England, and have visited Ireland as tourists multiple times.
Clonmacnoise and the Cliffs of Moher