Course listings

Listed in chronological order below are the study abroad course offerings up to and including fall 2015

Further course offerings will be added as subsequent semesters approach.




Summer 2015

Program Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm, with the exception of site visits.

Program A     8 Weeks     15 May 2015 – 12 July 2015
Program B   4 Weeks   15 May 2015 – 13 June 2015
Program C   4 Weeks   14 June 2015 – 12 July 2015
Performing Arts Program   4 Weeks   14 June 2015 – 12 July 2015


Program A - Eight Weeks

Residence Center check-in: Friday, 15 May 2015
Orientation Program: Saturday 16 May and Sunday 17 May 2015
Classes begin: Monday, 18 May 2015
Residence Center Check Out: Sunday 12 July 2015

Program B - Four Weeks

Residence Center Check-In:  Friday, 15 May 2015
Orientation Program:  Saturday, 16 May, and Sunday, 17 May 2015
Classes begin: Monday, 18 May 2015
Residence Center Check Out: Saturday, 13 June 2015            

Program C - Four Weeks

Residence Center check-in: Sunday, 14 June 2015
Orientation Program Sunday, 14 June 2015
Classes begin: Monday, 15 June 2015
Residence check-out: Sunday, 12 July 2015


Performing Arts Program - Four Weeks

Residence Center check-in: Sunday, 14 June 2015
Orientation Program Sunday, 14 June 2015
Classes begin: Monday, 15 June 2015
Residence check-out: Sunday, 12 July 2015



Please note the following course registration requirements:
Program A 12 credits 4 courses
Program B  6 credits 2 courses
Program C 6 credits 2 courses
Performing Arts 6 credits 1 course


Course Group I Program A and B (select one course)

IB492 International business

An overview of the unique problems faced by firms engaging in international activities; the importance of understanding the foreign economic, social, political, cultural, and legal environment; the mechanics of importing and exporting; joint ventures, franchising, and subsidiaries; international dimensions of management, marketing, and accounting; international financial management; the special problems of multinational corporations; recent problems of the international economic system; country-risk analysis; and the increasing use of counter-trade.

LIB205 Anglo-Irish Writers

A survey of prominent Anglo-Irish writers, including:  Shaw, Joyce, Wilde, Beckett, O’Casey, Swift and Synge.  Students will become familiar with a representative sample of twentieth-century Irish literary works, including short story and drama.  Literary criticism related to these works will also be covered.

General education course 

LIB482*      History Seminar: Themes in Irish History

This course examines selected themes and developments in Irish history from prehistoric times to the present.  The objective is to develop an understanding of the course of Irish history and its place in the wider European historic experience.  Class sessions are conducted in a lecture and discussion format.  Student participation requires full and punctual attendance, taking of lecture notes, completion of required reading, involvement in class discussions, and completion of assigned reports on various themes with presentation to the rest of the class.  Field trips will explore historically relevant aspects of Ireland’s capital.

General education course


Course Group II Program A and B (select one course)

LIB420* Irish cultural studies

An exploration of aspects of historical and contemporary manifestations of Irish culture. Topics include plays, storytelling, movies, media and literature in Ireland; Irish music from traditional to U2; contemporary Irish architecture and design; socialising and entertainment; fashion, taste and materialism in the era of the Celtic Tiger and the recession. The course makes extensive use through field trips of the cultural amenities of Ireland’s vibrant capital city, Dublin.

General education course

LIB402  Oscar Wilde and his circle

Studies the social circle and literary works of Oscar Wilde, the most influential Anglo-Irish writer of the late Victorian era.  A bohemian, wit, and conversationalist, Wilde inspired a culturally vibrant social environment in Dublin, London, and Paris, whose legacy has lasted until the present day.  Wilde’s artistic achievements in the realm of poetry, fiction, drama, the art of conversation, and literary criticism will be considered in the context of late nineteenth-century aesthetic movement, Irish nationalism, Anglo-Irish colonial relations, the emerging celebrity culture, early Modernism, and Victorian attitudes towards homosexuality.  

General education course



Course Group III  Program A and C (select one course) 

LIB485 Dubliners: writing the Irish short story

This courses focus on introducing students to the basics of short story writing, with special reference to the context of Ireland’s capital city. With a combination of reading examples from seminal short story writers, critical work, class-based writing exercises and field trips to sites of literary interest around Dublin, students will learn the form and mechanics of the short story while also working toward developing their own short prose piece. Their first draft will be work-shopped in class, in which constructive criticism and feedback will be given. The final polished pieces of 2,500 words will be submitted for assessment and, possibly, submitted for publication to literary magazines or websites around Ireland. 

General education course

LIB400  Irish nationalism

Examines the notion of Irish national identity in the context of Irish history, British colonialism, Irish insurgence and struggle for political independence as reflected in historical documents, literature, art, religious life and social experience.  A historical introduction to the problem of Irish nationalism will include the search for cultural and linguistic identity of the Irish in their opposition to the Norman and English rule.  The course will then focus on the subsequent struggles between Irish Home Rule and Unionism with England, on the Easter Rising of 1916 and the civil war, the Partition, to conclude with the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 and the apparently successful alignment of Ireland with the European Union.

General education course


Course Group IV Program A and C (select one course) 


LIB206 Cinema and society

Examines the process in which cinematic narratives, both fictional and documentary, reflect human interactions, conflict and cooperation in a social environment.  The particular problems for analysis will include cinematic representations of family life, local community, work place, class tensions, multiculturalism, poverty and crime.

General education course


IB308 Sustainable business

This course will look how creative and sustainable business can tackle environmental and resource problems such as air pollution, climate change, ozone depletion, food supply problems, depleting stocks of fish, fossil fuels, and fresh water. We will review national and international government agencies initiatives such as eco-taxes, recycling policies, environmental taxation, regulations such as the Kyoto Protocol and eco-business opportunities. In this course we will study the main components of sustainable business practices includes sustainable economic theories, modern business practices, cost savings from recycling, reducing power consumption and reusing inputs.  



Performing Arts Course  

PA421 Performing the Irish play

This is a four week, 6 credit, summer program offered in an intensive format (four hours minimum a day, five days a week). Students work under the supervision and guidance of instructors from American College Dublin's BFA in Performing Arts program to develop from scratch and perform in a number of culminating showcases an adaptation of a work from the Irish theatrical canon. Students are assessed according to the quality of their engagement and output in all aspects of the process: initial analysis and adaptation of the script, direction and staging, production, management and marketing, rehearsal and final performance, whether in a lead or support role. Apart from individual contributions, students are evaluated according to their part in supporting the collective functioning and performance levels of the ensemble. Applicants for the program will be required to make themselves available for a brief Skype audition and interview; the audition is a prepared monologue (no more than 3 minutes long) from an Irish play first performed after 1850 and the interview is a short discussion of the applicant's background and aspirations (if the applicant is a performing arts major and is able to provide an appropriate recommendation from his or her performing arts advisor, the audition requirement may be waived). Generally, applicants are expected to be performing arts majors, though applicants with relevant experience or a background in a cognate discipline will also be considered.

 *Study tours are offered at an additional cost.



Fall semester 2015


The fall semester is divided into two sessions: the first session is a 12-day, 3-credit optional study tour to Paris and Normandy, taken in the fortnight before the regular fall semester commences. The second session is the regular fall semester, running from 12 September to 16 December.

Study abroad students should select a total of four or five 3-credit courses: if one of these selections is the study tour, then four courses should be chosen from the regular semester; if the study tour is not taken, the student should choose four or five courses from the session II listing below. The first academic session includes only study abroad students. The second session is taken together with non-study abroad, degree-seeking students from Irish American University.

Session I – optional study tour

29 August – 9 September 2015

LIB475 French history and civilization*   

* Optional study tour to Paris and Normandy offered at an additional cost to the regular fall semester fee.


Session II - regular fall semester

11 September - 15 December 2015

Residence Center check-in:   Friday, 11 September 2015
Study Abroad orientation:     Saturday, 12 September – Sunday, 13 September 2015
Classes begin:                      Monday, 14 September 2015
College closed (no classes):   Monday, 26 October 2015
Final day of class:                 Friday, 4 December 2015
Final Exams:                        7-15 Dec 2015 (inclusive; excluding Sunday, 13 December)
Residence Center check-out:  Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Students should choose four (12 credits) or five (15 credits) courses from the selection below.  

All students must book their return flights after 6:30 pm, Tuesday, 15 December 2015

CW200  Introduction to creative writing
CW202 Poetry and performance
LIB201  War and peace in the modern world
LIB202  Western arts
LIB204  Imagination and storytelling
LIB302 Irish migration
LIB304  Representations of sexualities
LIB410  The American Civil War
HDG300 International hotel management
HDG301 Convention management
IB200     Introduction to management 
IB201     Microeconomics  
IB202     Accounting 1   
IB203     Principles of marketing 
IB204     Introduction to computers 
IB300     Managerial accounting  
IB301     Corporate finance   
IB302     Networks and databases   
IB303     International marketing  
IB304     International law   
IB400     Entrepreneurship    
IB401     International finance  
IB402     International HRM  
IB403     Operations management
IB405     International business ethics
IB410     Internship
PA203    Acting and voice 1
PA204    Dance 1
PA300    Dramatic writing 1
PA302    Event management for the performing arts
PA303    Acting and voice 2
PA304    Dance 2                                                                                                                                                          PA310    Theatre craft 1
PA403    Acting and voice 3
PA404    Dance 3

Graduate classes:

CW500   Imagination and storytelling
CW501   Writing workshop I: the novel
CW502   Writing workshop I: the short story
CW503   The writer as critic
CW504   The craft of creative writing
MIB500  Cross-cultural management 
MIB501  International regulatory environment
MIB502  The political economy
MIB503  International corporate finance 
MIB504  Designing and conducting research 
MIB505  International entrepreneurship
MIB506  International business ethics and corporate governance
MIB507  International strategic marketing
MIB508  Corporate policy
MIB510  Literature review