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|Language of Instruction:||English||Minimum GPA:||2.0|
|Housing Options:||Campus Dormitory||Max Credits Offered:||3|
|Area of Study:||Communication Studies, Film, Journalism, Media, Television||Program Type:||WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad|
|Credit Type:||Direct WCU Credit||Available to Non-WCU Students?:||Yes|
|Faculty/Staff Director:||Edward Lordan||College:||Arts & Humanities|
Media in Ireland
The Irish Media Experience offers students a unique opportunity to gain exposure to and appreciate the evolution of media systems in one of the most dynamic environments in Europe: The Republic of Ireland. Students will spend the first week of the course getting accustomed to Ireland (and each other) in the classroom at WCU, before departing for three weeks in-country (June 6 to June 27). Through a combination of learning modalities students will learn about the Easter Rising in 1916 and other significant events that have had the most significant impact on Irish newspapers, films, music, broadcast stations and internet operations. Much of this will occur through firsthand experience as we will meet and talk with major media figures. These include newspaper reporters and editors, radio hosts, as well as people in the public relations, advertising, and filmmaking industries. We won’t simply invite them to our classroom – we will go to where they work to talk with them about their jobs and consider the role and evolution of media in the nation. Ultimately, students will work with and talk to the men and women who are central to Irish media today.
This program will take place in two different sections of the Republic of Ireland. We will begin on the west coast, centering in Limerick, with sidetrips to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. After a week on the west coast, we’ll take a two-hour trainride across the center of the country to Dublin, the nation’s capital, where we’ll spend two weeks.
Cliffs of MoherACCOMMODATION
Participants will be housed in Residence Halls on the campuses of two colleges: Mary Immaculate College (Limerick, week one) and University College Dublin (Dublin - weeks two and three).
All instruction for this program will be conducted in English. No prior language experience is required.
Participants will earn credit for HON 320 (3 credit hours) for participation in this program. The HON 320 course counts as an interdisciplinary course as well as an upper-level course for COM majors. For students who are not majoring in Communication Studies or are not members of the university's honors college, the course will count as a general elective.
The course runs in the first summer session of 2018 (May 29 to June 29). The first week of the course classes (May 29 to June 7) will meet on the WCU campus, as students get to know each other and learn about Ireland. The in-country portion of the course will tentatively begin on Saturday, June 8, returning to the U.S. on Friday, June 29.
EXAMPLES OF POSSIBLE EXCURSIONS
In the west: RTE (the national classical music radio station); the Cliffs of Moher; Bunratty Castle; RTE (Ireland’s all-Gaelic television network); Galway city; the Limerick Leader (region’s largest newspaper). In the east: Irish Independent newspaper; The Irish Film Institute; Radio Maria Ireland; The Abbey Theater; General Post Office and Kilmainham Gaol tour: Visit the site of the 1916 Irish uprising and then experience the jail where many of the leaders of the Irish rebellion were held and ultimately executed. In visiting both sites we will learn about key moments in Irish history.
In addition to the regular WCU tuition/fees for the 3 credit hour course, all participants will pay a program fee of $2,970 which includes all the housing for the duration of the program, all excursions, in-country ground transportation, and weekday meals (Monday through Friday). Participants will also be billed a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Application Fee through the WCU Bursar's office upon applying to the program and will be required to purchase WCU's mandatory international insurance (estimated $45).
Additional costs not included in the program fee above include the round-trip airline ticket (approximately $1,200), additional meals not provided by the program, and personal spending money.
Dr. Edward Lordan
502 Main Hall