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  • Locations: Belfast, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: W&M applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
SoE Ireland Summer 2018 Brochu

School of Education: EDUC 500 - Global Studies in Ireland
May 20 - June 3, 2018
Program Director: Prof. Pamela Eddy
 
 
Overview
Ireland provides a site of educational transformation within the European Union and has a long tradition of commitment to education. The Celtic Tiger ushered in an era of prosperity little evidenced in the country, but the 2007 economic downturn resulted in the Irish government strategizing about how to leverage best their educational resources. Coupled with these in-country changes are the impacts of the Bologna Report and Lisbon Strategy. As economic recovery begins in the country, Brexit has complicated the setting in Northern Ireland.

The course content creates a comparative analysis of the Irish education system relative to the United States. Visits to schools and colleges in both Ireland and Northern Ireland provide the basis of comparisons. As well, we will meet with leaders of the Higher Education Authority to discuss their recently released Strategy for Higher Education report . Students will read both fiction and non-fiction texts to learn more about the history of the Irish educational system, the reform efforts, and the political climate. Assignments are reflective in nature with a culminating critical project that addresses the implications of international education on US curriculum and educational goals. 

The package includes 13 nights accommodations (based on double occupancy); 4 dinners, Dublin Theatre tickets, ALL cultural activities, guided coach transportation throughout trip, guided programs in Belfast, Dublin, and Derry, entrance fees into all sites and activities, meetings, and lectures. 

To learn more about this trip, please contact Pamela Eddy (pamela.eddy@wm.edu; 757-221-2349)

Credits
1 credit or 3 credit options:
        1. Pre-trip meeting and readings
        2. In country visits— research and journaling
        3. Post-class paper

Visits in Ireland
Trinity College
Ardgillan Castle
Kilmainham Gaol
Abbey/Gate Theatre
Brazen Head
Clonmacnoise
Kylemore Abbey
Glen Colm Cille
Derry City
Murals of Belfast
Giant’s Causeway
Queen’s University
Newgrange
College/School visits 


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 11/30/2017 12/31/2017 05/20/2018 06/03/2018