GBL 259 IS IRELAND: LITERATURE, CULTURE AND HISTORY 4 S.H.
This course explores the world of Irish literature through a study of culture, history, and landscape. The course examines the Irish culture formed from centuries of oppression through the eyes of 20th century writers, including W.B. Yeats, J.M. Synge, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Seamus Heaney. Site visits to major places of artistic and historic relevance such as Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Derry, and Dublin are included. Come see how Irish literature reflects Irish life and Irish land! Cross-listed as ENG 253.
Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Civilization or Expression (literature) requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement.
- Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
- Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 159
This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the prerequisite preparatory seminar course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.
It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for Winter Term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of Winter Term tuition will not be collected.
There will also be a required meeting about the course in April.
Spring Meeting Information
The spring meeting will take place on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 3:15 p.m. in Alamance 301.
Fall Course Meeting Information
The fall pre-departure course will meet Fridays from 3:05-4:45 p.m., location is TBD.
Activity Level: Moderate
You will spend much of the day exploring. Whether walking through historic neighborhoods at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, your days will be full. You'll need to keep up with the group, including stairs and moderate movement.
Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during registration for Winter Term.
To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.
The tentative dates for the program are January 2 to January 25, 2020.
Official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September. It is important to note that the flight itinerary is subject to some schedule changes as determined by the airline.
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.
- Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone.
- In Limerick, walk the streets where writer Frank McCourt grew up.
- On the outskirts of Limerick, visit the legendary Rock of Cashel.
- Visit the scenic Cliffs of Moher.
- Listen to traditional Irish music in Galway.
- Visit a working Irish sheepfarm for demonstrations, a traditional dinner, and live music.
- Travel through the beautiful Connemara Mountains en route to Kylemore Abbey.
- Tour Yeats country around Sligo including many of the sites referenced in his poetry.
- Explore the walls of Derry and the murals of Belfast.
- See Giant's Causeway and learn about its mythical legend.
- Explore the Irish-American emigrations at the Ulster American Folk Park.
- In Dublin, tour St. Patrick's Cathedral, Kilmainham Gaol, and Trinity University's Book of Kells.
- Attend a performance at the famous Abbey Theatre.
Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.
Students will be housed in shared accommodations.
Costs for global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill).
Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet.
Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your program.
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Program Leader 1: Kevin Bourque
Assistant Professor of English
2338 CB, Alamance 306D
Program Leader 2: Erin Pearson
Assistant Professor of English
Alamance Building, office 305
F2338 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Winter||2020||09/02/2019 **||Rolling Admission||01/02/2020||01/25/2020|
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