Global Irish Studies Summer School at Ulster University
Date: 2 June – 9 June 2024
The one-week intensive Global Irish Studies Summer School is designed to introduce students to the value of studying contemporary issues of global concern through the prism of Ireland. With a focus on people and place as guiding themes for learning, students are immersed in the history, culture and contemporary societal issues facing Ireland in a globalised world. Students are based at Ulster University’s historic Derry campus in Derry-Londonderry, which provides the ideal base for learning about and exploring the rich history and culture of north-west Ireland. Teaching takes place on campus and through walking tours of the city, museum and heritage centre visits, fields trips to other parts of Ulster, and an immersive experience along the Wild Atlantic Way coastline in Donegal.
Issues of identity and division are explored from the 17th century Plantation of Ulster through to the impact of Brexit on the north of Ireland. Hands-on masterclasses introduce students to literature and language that is rooted in place and continues to impact on contested identities in the present. Representations of identity are explored through heritage masterclasses with leading experts in the field and visits to award-winning museums and exhibitions. A field trip to rural mid-Ulster facilitates the exploration of environmental and ecological issues, as well as providing a focus on the impacts of migration within and beyond the island of Ireland. The violent history of Ireland in the 20th century forms a core part of the content. The Troubles and peace process in Northern Ireland provides a focus for the study of the impacts and legacy of urban violence, division and segregation in urban contexts globally.
The Global Irish Studies Summer School aims to provide a taster of how a deep understanding of Irish history, culture and politics can help us look differently at issues of local concern in our home contexts, no matter where we are from in the world. The immersive nature of the summer school allows students to learn from experts in a variety of fields, experience the north-west of Ireland with hands-on learning in urban and rural settings. Students will reflect on their learning while sitting around a campfire in Donegal, exploring ancient islands with local tour guides, learn Ceili dancing from local musicians and enjoy the famous hospitality of North-West Ireland.
Location: Ulster University Magee Campus, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland | Corcreggan Mill, Dunfanaghy, Donegal, Ireland
What’s Included? (See package costs in the table below)
Masterclasses, Accommodation, Meals, Transport and Activities are all included in your package price.
- 5 nights Accomodation at Ulster University | 2 Nights Accommodation at Corcreggan Mill, Donegal
- 7 Masterclasses
- All Activities listed in the itinerary
- Coach Transport to all activities and locations
- Plus lots of extras and surprises!
What’s Not Included?
Breakfast while staying on Campus
Drinks, including alcoholic drinks: You will have a chance to go shopping for ‘bits and pieces’ upon arrival so make sure to include drinks on your list.
Lunches and Dinners during your stay will be catered for by a variety of local eateries. Please inform us of any dietary requirements, including allergies, on booking so we can ensure your needs are catered for.
You will be travelling by private coach on field trip days. All transportion is included in your package.
Before securing your booking you will need to sign a waiver form – you will NOT be able to secure your place on the summer school without having signed the waiver.
Terms and Conditions:
Please note our cancellation policy: There will be a £200 admin fee if you cancel after booking; £600 cancellation fee within 60 days of the summer school date and £1200 cancellation fee within 30 days of the start date. No refunds can be given to cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the retreat date.
Please note that information about the schedule and venues are subject to change and cancellation.
Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for any resulting costs you may incur for travel, accommodation and any other related goods or service or other compensation.
We will confirm the final details of the summer school at least 30 days before the start date.
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