Irish Studies

Course Descriptions

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1000 Level Courses in Irish Studies

1201  An Introduction to Modern Irish
3 credit hours
This course will introduce students to Modern Irish, with emphasis on the spoken and written forms.

1202  Modern Irish Language
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: IRST 1201 or permission of instructor.
This course will develop the student's ability to speak, write and read Modern Irish.

1203  Scottish Gaelic - Introductory I
[ACST 1203]
3 credit hours
This course gives the student an introduction to the structure and use of Scottish Gaelic in a Nova Scotia context. Topics covered include grammar and conversation basics, traditional and new Gaelic songs, and conversation aimed at specific social occasions and locations.

1204  Scottish Gaelic - Introductory II
[ACST 1204]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: IRST 1203
This course gives the student a continuation of the introduction to the structure and use of Scottish Gaelic in a Nova Scotia context. Topics covered include grammar and conversation basics, traditional and new Gaelic songs, and conversation aimed at specific occasions and locations.

1215  Ireland: An Introduction
[HIST 1215]
3 credit hours
This course is designed to provide students with a general introduction to Ireland through a survey of the island's history. Although it is situated on the fringes of Europe, Ireland was influenced by developments on the continent from the earliest times. In addition, the later experience of overseas migration connected Ireland to developments across the Atlantic and beyond. This course will pay particular attention to how Ireland's history reflects these broader European and transatlantic connections.

1216  Ireland: Culture and Society
3 credit hours
This course, which complements IRST 1215, seeks to expand students' understanding of the complexity of the Irish experience. Areas covered in this course include: Women in Ireland; the Irish abroad (with special emphasis on the Irish in Canada); Ireland in a European context; the Celtic Tiger; Northern Ireland in the post-Belfast Agreement period; sport in Ireland; and the Irish and film. This survey is aimed at both Irish Studies students and those who have a general interest in Ireland.

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2000 Level Courses in Irish Studies

2325  Intermediate Irish I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: IRST 1201 and 1202
A continuation of elementary Irish, with emphasis placed on students attaining a firm grasp of spoken Irish. In addition, students will continue their study of the history and development of the Irish language.

2326  Intermediate Irish II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: IRST 2325 or permission of instructor.
Building upon the skills acquired while studying elementary Irish and Intermediate Irish I, students will concentrate on refining their command of the Irish language. A variety of aural sources and written texts will be used.

2327  Scottish Gaelic - Intermediate I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: IRST 1203 and 1204
This course gives the student an opportunity to advance from the introductory level in a structured environment. Topics covered include a review of grammar and conversation basics. Time will be spent on composition of short stories, translation of written and recorded Gaelic, traditional and new Gaelic songs, and poetry and conversation aimed at specific social occasions and locations.

2328  Scottish Gaelic - Intermediate II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: IRST 2327 or equivalent.
This course gives the student an opportunity to advance from the introductory level in a structured environment. Topics covered include a review of grammar and conversation basics. Time will be spent on composition of short stories, translation of written and recorded Gaelic, traditional and new Gaelic songs, and poetry and conversation aimed at specific social occasions and locations.

2346 A Sociolinguistic History of Ireland
[LING 2346]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least six (6) credit hours in Irish Studies, Linguistics, English, or History.
This course charts the history and development of language in Ireland from earliest times to the present. Students learn about the origins and growth of Irish, the influence on it of Latin, Norse and English, and the emergence of Hiberno-English. A series of texts which demonstrate the changing linguistic landscape of Ireland and the interrelationship of languages are considered.

2350  The Irish Musical Tradition
3 credit hours
A survey of Irish folk music from pre-Christian times to the twentieth century. Areas under investigation shall include folk music as it relates to the wider background of Irish history; folk instruments; song-airs and singers; the structure and ornamentation of Irish folk music; and the role of Irish folk music in its nation's current musical scene. A knowledge of musical notation and terminology is not a prerequisite.

2391  Geography of Ireland
[GEOG 2390]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least thirty (30) credit hours
An examination of the physical, social, cultural, economic, and political geography. Special emphasis will be given to the nature of past and present internal population movements and emigration patterns, regional variations in economic development, and the effects of membership in the European Union.

2520 Irish Folklore 
[ENGL 2520]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least six (6) credit hours in Irish Studies, Linguistics, English, or Anthropology.
A comprehensive study of folklore in Ireland. All aspects of folklore will be examined, with special emphasis on the storytelling, song, and folk drama traditions.

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3000 Level Courses in Irish Studies

3325  The Irish and Atlantic Canada
[ACST 3325]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: 30 credit hours and ACST 1000 or permission of instructor
This interdisciplinary course will offer a survey of the history and culture of people of Irish descent in the Atlantic Region. Topics will include Irish settlement in the Atlantic Region, religion and politics, sectarian conflict, social status, community organizations and contemporary Irish identity in the Atlantic Region.

3333  Ireland in Film
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least six (6) credit hours in Irish Studies, Film, English, or History.
Beginning with a survey of the history, development and current state of Irish cinema, this course will primarily focus on literary works that have been adapted for the screen. Students will consider a selection of early 20th century texts, such as Maurice Walsh's 'The Quiet Man,' and James Joyce's 'The Dead,' as well as examples of recent fiction, such as the work of William Trevor, Elizabeth Bowen, Roddy Doyle and Patrick McCabe that have subsequently been filmed.

3401 Advanced Modern Irish I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: IRST 2326 or permission of instructor.
This course will deal with modern spoken and written Irish, with emphasis on acquiring a facility in spoken Irish.

3402.1(.2) Advanced Modern Irish II
Prerequisite: IRST 3401.
This is an intensive course designed to develop further the student’s ability to speak and write modern Irish.

3443  Irish Poetry
[ENGL 3443]
3 credit hours
This course will examine recent Irish Poetry in Ireland from 1890 to the present, beginning with W. B. Yeats and the Literary Revival, and concluding with the poetry of Northern renaissance.

3453  Irish Drama in the 20th Century
[ENGL 3453]
3 credit hours
This course studies Irish drama from the founding of the Irish National Theatre society in 1903 up to the present time, including the works of Yeats, Hyde, Lady Gregory, Synge, Shaw, O'Casey, and Beckett.

3460  Issues in Modern Irish History
[HIST 3460]
3 credit hours
This course will examine a range of topics that have been the focus of debate in Irish History. The issues to be explored will be selected by the instructor and may include such topics as: the history of the Irish Plantations, the affects of the Penal Laws, the consequences of the 1798 Rebellion, the rise of Irish Nationalism, the causes of the Great Famine, the consequences of mass Irish Emigration, the position of women in Irish society, and the significance of the Easter Rising. In addition to providing an understanding of some of the major issues in Modern Irish History, the course will also provide an overview of historical change in Ireland from the sixteenth to the twentieth century.

3470  Irish Studies Seminar
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of Coordinator.
This interdisciplinary course will allow students to consider a selection of topics relating to the Irish experience at home and abroad. Availing of the expertise of internal and external guest speakers, areas of study will include post-colonial Ireland; Ireland in a contemporary European context; language and culture; Northern Ireland; contemporary literature in Irish and English; the Irish contribution to Canada; and sources for the study of the history of the Irish in Canada.

3500  Contemporary Canadian Irish Prose
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least six (6) credit hours in Irish Studies, English or History or with permission of instructor.
This course examines the work of Canadian authors who have drawn on Ireland, Irish themes or the Irish in Canada in their writings, and the work of Irish-born authors living in Canada whose works contain significant Canadian content. Following an overview of the range of earlier Canadian Irish writings, students will read and discuss a selection of recent fiction and non-fiction texts by authors such as Charles Foran, Jane Urquhart, Brian Moore, Emma Donoghue, Peter Behrens and John Moss.

3534  Literature of Modern Ireland I: The Literary Revival, 1890-1922
[ENGL 3534]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: 9 credit hours in ENGL in addition to ENGL 1205.
This Course will examine the literature of the Irish Literary Revival with a strong emphasis on social and cultural context. Writers to be studied will include W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, J.M. Synge and James Joyce.

3535  Literature of Modern Ireland II: After the Revival, 1922-Present
[ENGL 3535]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: 9 credit hours in ENGL in addition to ENGL 1205.
This course will examine the literature of modern Ireland after the revival with a strong emphasis on social and cultural context. Writers to be studied will include Elizabeth Bowen, Brendan Behan, Kate O'Brien, Flann O'Brien, Patrick Kavanagh, Seamus Heaney and Medbh McGuckian.

3787  Ireland in an Age of Globalization
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Either IRST 1215 or 1216.
This course will chart the history and progress of this half century within the context of trends in European and global dynamics, especially within the past 25 years of so-called globalization. Over the past half century, Ireland has been transformed from an essentially agrarian and rural social economy into a European powerhouse of industrial and IT manufacture and "knowledge economy" production. From the "frugal comfort" of the De Valera era to levels of prosperity and consumer purchasing power the equal of other European nations, from an age of rural infrastructure to modern transportation systems and digital access, from a land of myths and legends, poetry and music to a nation of business-friendly export production policies.

3788  Literature and Culture in Celtic Tiger Ireland
[ENGL 3788]
3 credit hours
This course will examine the culture and literature produced in the period of economic expansion in Ireland known as the 'Celtic Tiger'. Students will examine how writers, artists, film-makers and musicians responded to the growth of a neo-liberal Irish society, in which the hitherto dominant position of the spiritual hegemony of the Catholic Church was replaced by an emphasis on material growth and secular individualism.

3826 – 3849  Special Topics in Irish Studies
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: permission of Coordinator of the Irish Studies Program.
This course will investigate in depth a specific topic or set of topics in Irish Studies. The topic will vary from year to year.

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4000 Level Courses in Irish Studies

4431  The Modern Irish Novel
[ENGL 4431]
3 credit hours
This course will involve a study of the modern Irish novel, placing each work in its social and cultural context. It may include works by James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen and/or Samuel Beckett, as well as a selection of contemporary novels by writers like Anne Enright and John Banville.

4441  The Irish Short Story
[ENGL 4441]
3 credit hours
This course will examine the short story as a major form in the fiction (in English) of Ireland, tracing its development from the Irish folktale to the sophisticated modern stories of internationally read practitioners such as Joyce, O'Conner, O'Faolain and Lavin.

4451 Gender and Irish Drama
3 credit hours
The focus of this course is the representation and construction of masculinity and femininity in Irish Drama. The gendered body will be at the core of our discussion as we study both closet dramas and staged (or embodied) performances through dramatic texts and other sources.

4566  Irish Migration
[HIST 4566]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: same as History 4000 level courses
During the nineteenth century Ireland had the highest emigration rate in Europe. In order to better understand this phenomenon, this seminar course will focus on the literature that discussed the nature of Irish migration and settlement from the eighteenth to early twentieth centuries. While the course will examine Irish immigrants in their various destinations, it will focus in particular on Irish settlement in North America.

4876-4899  Directed Reading Courses in Irish Studies
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of Coordinator.
An independent reading course in selected topics relating to Ireland and the Irish abroad. Topics include: the history and culture of Ireland; languages and literature; the Irish in Canada; and contemporary Ireland.

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