Knock out your upper-division Written Communication Core credit during your summer abroad
Celebrate the Bloomsday festival in Dublin
Use archival research, personal journaling, ethnographic research and more to build your own “Irish Odyssey” digital story
Live and research on the University College Dublin campus
- Explore Ireland’s past and present while turning a critical lens on your own culture
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Dublin, both the largest and the capital city of Ireland, is located near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Much as it has been in the past, Dublin is the center for cultural, economic, and political activity in Ireland. University College Dublin (UCD), located in a prime location just south of the heart of Dublin, boasts an amenity-rich and lovely campus. A literary center for hundreds of years (including Dublin’s nomination as the UNESCO City of Literature in 2010), Ireland boasts four Nobel Prize in Literature winners, and has been home to writers from James Joyce to Samuel Beckett, W.B. Yeats to Oscar Wilde. Dublin’s rich history, stretching back over a thousand years, makes it an ideal location for conducting archival research.
Students will enjoy staying at UCD’s on-campus resident halls, which feature private bathrooms and sleeping quarters, as well as common living rooms.
You will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements to Ireland and back. Dublin Airport is located 10 km north of the city center.
- Course: WRTG 3020, Composing Irish Odysseys by Navigating Currents and Events
- Credits: 3 upper-division credit hours
- Approved for: A&S Core Upper Division Written Communication, CMCI Composition & Expression writing credit
- Grading: This is a CU-Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
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This program invites exploration of Ireland through a range of 21st century modes of composition, including digital storytelling, blogs, journalistic writings, art reviews, ethnographic research and more. Students will link their individual interests/disciplines with the material in the course; developing strategies for specialized discourse about social justice, negotiating difference, analyzing cultural festivals, and conducting archival research. By participating in cultural events, by visiting museums, and by speaking with the people of Ireland, students will extend the foundations of first-year writing goals to reach into international writing communities for success in an increasingly global century.
Working as a team, students will design individual research projects using Irish archives and visiting public places. Students will conduct interviews, compose reviews for an art work in a public garden, report on a festival, and explore ethnographic writing. Each assignment will exercise students’ advanced awareness of genre, audience, purpose, and context; leading up to a final “Irish Odyssey” digital story.
Award-winning novelist and scholar, Senior Instructor Catherine Kunce has been teaching for the Program for Writing and Rhetoric here on campus for over 16 years. Her interests in Composition Studies center on inventive ways to engage critical thinking, on expanding notions of “writing,” and on celebrating diversity, whether that diversity is among people, cultures, animals, or ideas. She believes strongly that studying abroad promotes better understanding of all nations. It is also a magnificent vehicle for self-discovery.
Catherine Kunce earned her PhD at the University of Denver, where she studied Irish authors such as James Joyce and Jonathan Swift, both of whom influenced the writing of her first novel. Her most recent book involves letters written by two women, one of whom was engaged to Edgar Allan Poe. Doctor Kunce will share her expertise of how to use “archives,” writ large, for discovering the treasures of Irish culture.
Doctor Kunce’s Irish grandmother, for whom Catherine was named, has been a central influence in her life. Recounting fascinating stories of life in Ireland, Dr. Kunce’s grandmother fostered a deep affection and respect for Irish culture and the Irish struggle to break from British rule.
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Students will take part in the Bloomsday Festival in Dublin and participate in cultural excursions around Dublin. We’ll take a bus tour to the enchanting Glendalough area to visit a 6th-century monastic community, visit Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and tour Trinity College, which houses the exquisite Book of Kells. We’ll also visit the marvelous National Museum of Ireland and the fishing village of Howth. We’ll tour the Kilmainham Gaol (Jail) for insight about Ireland’s struggle for independence.