CCSA - Ireland - Late Summer 2015

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Program Description

We begin our Ireland journey in Dublin by visiting the Glendalough ancient monastery and listening to the riveting music from Temple Bar. Explore James Joyce’s city before going south past fishing villages and cottages, valleys of sheep while visiting Tralee, Cork, and Waterford. We end in western Ireland which is the home of W.B. Yeats and the resting places of ancient heroes. There are pockets of Celtic culture kept alive through the Gaelic language which continues in this region.

Ireland is filled with beautiful coasts, cozy villages, and rolling green hills. There is a lively capital that draws diverse visitors from across the globe. Ireland is complex and filled with a rich history that continue to draw folk to the Emerald Isle. CCSA provides a means for program participants to spend two weeks exploring this fascinating land in July.



Irish Healthcare
Prof. Adele Dean: Northern Kentucky University
While experiencing the rich culture and heritage, enticing sights, tastes and sounds of Ireland, witness a universal health care system at work and explore the differences between the Irish system and the emerging US system. Experience the mountains, valleys and coasts of Ireland while visiting healthcare facilities across the country. Speak with health care providers as well as clients of this national system, both in rural fishing villages as well as cities such as Dublin. While immersed in the Irish culture, learn about the unique health challenges of this country and the role nurses play in addressing them.
3 cr. hrs., LD/UD

The Struggle for Ireland’s Identity
Prof. Michael Hinckley: Northern Kentucky University
Ireland’s journey to independence and prosperity was not an easy road. Travel to Ireland will expose students to the people, places, and events that are a part of the Irish experience over the last 200 years. They will meet Irish politicians, historians and citizens as we explore the Emerald Isle’s modern history together through visits to Dublin, Waterford, Tralee and Galway. Students will deepen their understanding of Ireland through visits to ancient structures, modern museums and walking the streets that Paedrig Pearse, Daniel O’Connel and Michael Collins once walked. This course may also be of interest to students of Political Science and International Studies.
3 cr. hrs., UD/G

The Irish Side of Downton Abbey
Dr. Gill Hunter: Eastern Kentucky University
If you understand the complicated feelings people have about Downton Abbey’s Crawley family, you need to explore the Big Houses of Ireland. The Crawleys are lovable, but resented; honored, but feared. For almost 200 years in Ireland, the wealthiest of the English controlled land, and the Irish who worked the fields and lived under the landowners’ control barely made a living. Those Big Houses remain, and exploring them, hearing their stories and understanding the relationships they established will tell you all you need to know about the fears and the fight of the Irish and England’s complicated history in Ireland.
Prerequisite: freshman composition
3 cr. hrs., LD/UD

Opening the Door for Change & Improvement in Ireland
Edward Oestreicher Ph.D.: Thomas More College
Travel abroad and link international business to history, culture, geography and government, while learning change strategies and becoming “green belt” certified. See and experience how companies operate within the complex global economy. Topics include cultural influences on business practices, changes in a European market/company and how to improve efficiencies. Broaden your perspective of the global marketplace. From the vantage point of Dublin, Galway and points between, see business, commerce and consumers in action through visits to companies, historic landmarks and museums. Learn the role of international process improvement practices, international institutions and how this impacts the global economy.
Prerequisite: basic math skills
3 cr. hrs., UD/G

What`s Included

The base price of this CCSA program includes:
• ground transportation between program sites
• accommodations in twin rooms, with occasional use of multi-bedded rooms
• most program excursions, course-related activities and entrances
• local transport pass in Dublin
• daily breakfast and some additional meals
• health and emergency evacuation insurance

A GROUP FLIGHT OPTION is available at additional cost and includes:
• roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA’s designated US departure cities
• roundtrip ground transportation between airport and accommodation sites in Ireland


Business, Business Studies Grad Level, English, English Literature, History, International Business, Literature, Nursing, Public Health

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CCSA - The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad
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