- Courses in English
- Study Irish literature and history in one of Ireland’s most charming cities!
- Minimum 2.85 G.P.A.
- Open to freshmen (2nd semester), sophomores, juniors, and seniors
- Open to students with at least 1 semester of college study
- Completed API application
- University contact information form
- One letter of recommendation
- Official transcript
- Entry requirements: Valid passport with supporting documentation
Dates & Fees
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The Sumer School in Irish Studies at UCC aims to provide a unique learning experience by combining a rigorous introduction to major academic themes in the development of Irish identity with an opportunity to encounter Ireland’s rich cultural past. Students will explore these themes in lectures, seminars, and field trips.
Students will take two classes, for a total of 5 semester credits, 2.5 CREDITS IN HISTORY AND 2.5 CREDITS IN LITERATURE. The course selection may vary and no course is guaranteed.
In History lectures, students explore turning-points in Ireland’s History that shaped its destiny and its people’s identity.The Golden Age refers to a time in the middle ages that had a powerful influence on modern Irish identity. It was idealised for the remarkable flowering of culture that the period witnessed and celebrated as a time when the earliest expressions of Irish identity appeared in literature. By the early twentieth century, the Irish came to see the literature and art of their remote past as the embodiment of a distinctive Irish identity. The ‘rediscovery’ of that inheritance, and its appropriation by the contemporary Irish, led to a cultural renaissance – sometimes called the Celtic Revival. This cultural revival, in turn, heralded the profound political and social changes that continue to shape Irish culture and political life to this day. The School explores the key events and figures in this quest for political independence in modern Ireland.
The literature section of the course will examine the works of James Joyce and Seamus Heaney, two of the most important figures in modern world literature. We will read Joyce’s semiautobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and his collection of short stories Dubliners. We will also read the poetry of Seamus Heaney, beginning with his early writing and charting the changes in his poetry through his career. The subject matter for both writers is Ireland and its people. In their writing they reflect on the role of the writer and on the nature of life in Ireland as they experienced it. The lectures and seminars will address the contrasts and similarities in Heaney’s poetry and Joyce’s modernist fiction