A general interdisciplinary introduction to Irish society and culture. This course will provide a generalist overview of of the unique characteristics of the island and its people.

In the nature of a survey, this course will examine “the arts” with reference to the concept of Irish Identity. These classes will introduce you into the concept of Irish culture, establish culture import through images, teach you to evaluate the idea of Irish culture, delve into finding it through Ireland’s relationship with paintings, architecture, folklore arts (such as lace making, knitting, pottery, crochet, etc ), music, dance, food, drink and film. By looking at Irish poetry, paintings, music, religion, architecture, film, food and tourist arts, this course will highlight specific and emblematic examples of the interdependence and cross fertilization of perception and culture. Best of all, we will deconstruct your views of Ireland and look at things from a different perspective, always trying to find that third side of the coin.

This course is designed to deepen awareness and appreciation of Ireland’s cultural landscape as it is expressed in the great Irish sagas’ use of location and space, landscape and place, by examining how these are manifest. The overall premise is to assist the students’ understanding of the concept of cultural representation with subsequent application of this understanding through the contemplation of the great Irish Sagas in the context of landscape, Irish based paintings, sculpture, music, subsequent literature, folk art and industry. It will examine specific and emblematic examples of the interdependence and cross-fertilization of mythology and the land with culture and poetry, painting, drama, music, and folklore. This incarnation of IRSH 3213 is a Travel Abroad course.