Peacemaking, Reconciliation, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland

Course Level: 200/300

Course Description:

An introduction to the basic principles and strategies of conflict transformation through a ‘place as text’ study of the conflict in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the greater United Kingdom.  Students will visit sites of conflict as they explore the historical development of the conflict in Ireland known as “The Troubles.”  Students will also discuss contested artifacts and interpretations as they personally interact with politicians, prisoners, victims and others involved in the conflict.  Students will be challenged to apply their understanding of the conflict in Ireland to peace and reconciliation efforts in other parts of the world, including their own communities.    

 

Irish Art & Culture

Course Level: 200/300

Course Description:

A study of Irish art forms such as painting, sculpture, architecture, and film in the cultural context of Irish politics, economics, and religion. Provides a general introduction to the theory and practice of formal art and design principles.  This course combines academic course work with visits to important cultural sites in Ireland and Northern Ireland as well as guest lecturers from contemporary artists.

 

Irish Literature

Course Level: 300

Course Description:

A reading-intensive overview of the literary history of Ireland through examination of selected works of poetry, prose, and drama in English by some of Ireland’s most significant writers.  Readings include works by William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, C. S. Lewis, Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, and others. Among eras to be considered are the Celtic Renaissance and “The Troubles” as literary subject and inspiration.

 

Christian Thought and Practice

Course Level: 200/300

Course Description:

This course combines the study of Christian theology with the application of theology to all areas of life.  It focuses on essential doctrines of the Christian faith, including Scripture, the Trinity, salvation, and the Church, creation, and the eternal Kingdom. The unity of divine revelation and the contemporary applicability of the Scriptures are emphasized.  Additionally, this class will challenge students to consider the transforming presence of Christ in every aspect of life.  Habits and disciplines practiced by Christians within different historical traditions of the Church will be explored, with particular attention to the history and practice of Celtic Christianity.  Through readings, reflections, and the practice spiritual disciplines, students will develop an informed theology and practice of the Christian life.

 

Ireland and Western Civilization

Course Level: 200/300

Course Description:

This course explores the history of Ireland as a window into the general historical development of Western Europe.  While it’s not entirely true that the Irish “saved civilization,” as one historian has argued, the island has played an important role in the history of Europe.  Particular attention will be given to the Ireland’s role in the formation of medieval Europe, the Protestant Reformation and religious wars, colonialism, the Industrial Revolution, and Ireland’s role in World War I and II.  The course concludes with a study of modern Ireland as a significant arena for political conflict as well as global capitalism.

 

Intercultural Communication

Course Level: 200

Course Description:

A study of the process of interpersonal communication in one's own culture and the principles of effective communication within another cultural context. Attention is given to values, ethnocentricity, nonverbal communication, and cultural change.