Course Offerings | API Study Abroad
Course Offerings


  • Classes taught in English
  • Small-town, authentic Irish immersion experience
  • Ireland’s only “university town”
  • 30 minutes from Dublin
  • Largest number of summer course offerings in Ireland
  • Special summer scholarship opportunities – contact the API office for details!
  • Most meals included!


  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents

Dates & Fees

SUMMER 1 2018
Late Jun, 2018 - Late Jul, 2018


SUMMER 1 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Apr 15, 2018

Course Offerings

If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Manager.


Students in the summer direct enrollment program at Maynooth University will take one course during the first two-weeks of the program (called Stream A), followed by one course during the second two-weeks of the program (called Stream B) for a total of 5-6 semester credits. Students should select one alternate course for each stream.

Not all courses are offered every semester or every year. The course selection may vary, and no course is guaranteed.


AN 303/Anthropology – Introduction to the Anthropology of Ireland (2.5)

This module will introduce students to key concepts and approaches within the anthropology of Ireland, which has been moulded and shaped by multiple local and global forces. Most prominent among them are the intellectual and academic traditions of both American cultural anthropology and British social anthropology. Alterations in anthropology within Ireland are reflections of social, economic, and political change throughout the island, but they mirror changes that are transforming anthropology worldwide. This module explores Ireland as a site for the development of ethnographic approaches and methods that have been significantly influenced by American cultural anthropology and British social anthropology. It explores early field researchers in Ireland and the ethnographies they produced that became a stimulus for a subsequent generation of Europeanist anthropologists, who continue to explore issues and themes many of which were first considered in the Irish context. We will explore anthropological conceptions of religion in Ireland, and the decline of communities as a result of emigration, damaging patterns of childrearing, fear of intimacy, suicide, and schizophrenia. We will view culturally constructed concepts of race through the lens of Irish diaspora in the US and historical abolitionist sentiment in Ireland. We will focus on the construction of national identities in Northern Ireland as well as culturally determined gender roles during political protests. We will explore interpretations of Irish dance that credit it as being indicative of such varied phenomena as sexual repression, modernity, and economic prosperity. The module will introduce students to a unique island perspective within global anthropological research projects.

EC 217/Economics – Economics of the European Union (2.5)

This course examines the economics of the European Union. Topics covered may include the structure of the European Union; basic trade theory; the single market; the theory of optimal currency areas and monetary union; European labour markets; the Common Agricultural Policy; competition policy; and EU trade policy.

Prerequisite: introductory course in microeconomics.

EC 318/Economics – International Trade (2.5)

The course focuses on four questions: (i) Why do countries trade?; (ii) What do countries trade?; (iii) Who gains from trade? and (iv) How and why do governments intervene in trade? These questions are addressed by examining a few simple trade models.

Prerequisite: intermediate microeconomics.

EN001/English – Public Speaking and Communication (3.75)

This course will introduce students to the basic elements of communication, providing practical experience in the preparation and presentation of speeches. It will also improve critical learning skills and enable the development of core professional communication skills.

EN 272/English – Creative Writing (2.5)

Throughout this course students will be introduced to writing, both poetry and prose. The workshops will focus on the practicalities of writing, editing and giving and taking criticism of work. Students will be expected to produce writing for discussion and criticism and to work on developing these extracts in the light of that criticism. Students will also look critically at the work of established writers.

ID202/Nua Gaeilge – The Cultural Heritage of Medieval Society (3.75)

This is a foundation course in Irish Cultural Heritage Studies. While introducing students to a general understanding of early cultural history, the emphasis is on the importance of academic knowledge of the past as a foundation for the presentation and dissemination of cultural heritage for both a scholarly audience and the general public. This is an assessment of the diverse and exciting aspects of Irish cultural history including archaeology, history, architecture and the arts, the literature of places and the creation and manipulation of history in relation to some of the great prehistoric and early medieval locations in Ireland. The care, presentation and future development of important heritage sites such as Emain Macha, the Hill of Tara, the Boyne Valley (Newgrange) and Clonmacnoise will be assessed in the context of modern scholarly interpretation and the increasing importance of cultural awareness.

GY 327/Geography/Politics – Environmental Politics (2.5)

An introduction to theoretical thinking relating to the areas of environmental politics and policy-making, as well as the history of the environmental movement and the emergence of ‘’green parties’’ in western democracies. Trans-boundary environmental issues will be discussed. The manner in which environmental regulation has been shaped by political concerns will be a key theme, illustrating the degree to which such legislation is often the result of a political balancing act between environmental concerns and economic pressures in which the latter tend to hold the greater influence.

HY 273/History – Ireland and the Great Famine (2.5)

The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the causes and consequences of the Great Irish Famine, 1845 to 1853. In particular, students will examine the impact of the Famine at a local level. The Great Famine was the greatest social catastrophe in Irish history. In that short period over one million people died, while another one million people emigrated from Ireland. This course will examine the economic, social and political background, as well as the public and private reactions to the disaster. In addition, the course will discuss the continued legacy of the Famine with a particular focus on the Irish Diaspora.

MN 313/Management/Business – International Marketing (2.5)

This advanced course focuses on marketing management in global organisations through the international dimension. Over the eight central themes students will consider both tactical and strategic issues in marketing, as experienced by multinational companies. Central themes are: the nature of international marketing strategy; international environment(s); market analysis and selection; market entry and ownership strategies; international market segmentation; international product management; international pricing; global communication strategies.


EN107/English – Literary Criticism and Theory (3.75)

This course takes a conceptual approach to the study of English literature and will allow students to broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of literature. The course will focus on exploring particular conceptual and theoretical frameworks for understanding literature and culture. The course aims to develop an awareness and understanding of key themes and concepts underlying literature and culture today.

EN 254/English – Modern Irish Literature (2.5)

The Irish literary revival inherited a variety of forms of Irish nationalism, and a variety of forms of Irishness. This course will examine dialogues with the past in the work of such writers as Yeats, Synge, O’Casey and Joyce and the new, frequently contested, forms of Irish history, culture and identity that they produced. The course will consider the relationship between overlapping cultural and political revolutions as well as the creative ties and tensions linking a specifically Irish literary tradition with a broader European context of modernism.

ID201/Nua Gaeilge – Introducing the Cultural Heritage of Early Ireland (3.75)

This is a foundation course in Irish Cultural Heritage Studies. While introducing students to a general understanding of early cultural history, the emphasis is on the importance of academic knowledge of the past as a foundation for the presentation and dissemination of cultural heritage for the general public. This is an assessment of the diverse aspects of Irish cultural history including place names, the literature of places and the creation and manipulation of history in relation to some of the great prehistoric and early medieval locations in Ireland. The care, presentation and future development of heritage sites such as Emain Macha, Tara, Cashel, Cruachain, Uisneach, Newgrange, and Clonmacnoise will be assessed in the context of modern scholarly interpretation and the increasing importance of cultural tourism.

GY324/Geography – Women, Gender and Society (2.5)

This course aims to introduce students to sociological, geographical and political perspectives on women and gender and to contemporary debates about gender and society. Concepts like gender, patriarchy, feminism, sexuality, femininity, masculinity and intersectionality will be critically assessed, as will the politics and practice of ‘doing’ gender/feminist research. The course will include case studies from both the Global North and the Global South, such as: Work and organisations; The body; Domestic labour and parenting; Natural environments; Politics, power and social movements; Nationalism and war

HY 254/History – Pilgrimage, Travel and Tourism in Ireland (2.5)

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the history of travel and tourism in Ireland from the earliest times to the present. Students will examine a range of key themes in this rich topic, starting with early pilgrimages and descriptions; working through the Enlightenment trends in the sciences, antiquities and industry; nineteenth-century developments in railways and seaside towns catering to the growing middle class; the politicisation of travel writing through the Famine and nationalist politics; and the twentieth century construction of Irish landscape, culture and character in a global context. Travel writing has come under increased scrutiny since the 1990s, with historians reappraising its value for a range of themes including local and imperial history, the histories of science and gender, and political and cultural histories. Students will be introduced to prevalent historiographical trends in the study of travel and travel writing, and will be encouraged to apply those frameworks to a range of sources. Students will be required to engage directly with primary sources relevant to each session, and will be required to think critically about the role of travel and tourism in literary and pictorial constructions of Ireland and Irish culture.

LS20/History/History of Art – Art and Architecture in Ireland 1600-1900 (2.5)

In the period 1600-1900 Irish artists, architects, designers and craftsmen responded to prevailing European stylistic movements. Over the course of this module, students will be introduced to these numerous styles which include Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Historicism, Naturalism, Arts & Crafts and Neo-Celticism. Each lecture will identify the interpretation by Irish artists and designers of these important stylistic movements. These thematic and visual surveys will illustrate the development of an Irish aesthetic within these distinct periods. Each of these presentations will be situated within the social contexts of the period so that the conditions informing the design, creation, construction, production and consumption of Irish art and design in this period are fully realised.

MC 202/Kennedy Institute – Understanding Conflict: The Irish Experience (2.5)

This is a problem-oriented Peace and Conflict Studies course designed to help students understand the nature and impact of conflict, with special reference to the Irish situation. It addresses the problem of how humans manage conflict, in order to instill an understanding of the nature and impact of conflict in society.The class unites the emphasis on conflict as a process of social interaction with practical examples drawn from Irish experience. By looking at the Irish conflict from historical, political, sociological and international perspectives, students will explore how it is possible to move from a situation of violent conflict towards a transformative peace. The class will examine how conflict theories relate to the Irish conflict. In particular the class will examine how the Enemy System Theory, group identity and territoriality operated as intractability factors in the Irish experience of conflict. It will include investigation of the impact of grassroots community peace initiatives and how local events and situations are affected, positively and negatively by international factors. Consideration will be given to the etiology and dynamics of a sustainable peace process.

MN 215/Management/Business – Managing in International Environments (2.5)

Businesses operate in an increasingly globalized environment and most business graduates will develop careers which will involve some degree of working and managing in international environments. This course focuses on international aspects in management theory and literature, which are relevant across international cultures and borders. Particular focus is placed on comparing the institutional context and cultures of countries as the basis for analyzing managing in international environments, considering approaches to ethics, negotiation, motivation, and management and leadership across countries. The applicability of theoretical concepts in different international environments is explored, encouraging participants to consider and recognize the importance of understanding and embracing difference across countries.