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EDU 394: Two Irelands

Course Description

Based in the Northern Ireland border city of Derry/Londonderry, this place-based learning course will construct a historical, socio-cultural, economic, political and educational description of Derry City and a region of Donegal as representatives of the two Irelands.  A description of and participation in the educational systems on both sides of the national border will be complemented by community experiences involving the perspectives of selected social sciences, literature, and the Fine Arts.

Contact Erin Counihan with questions.

Places and Spaces

  • EDU 394 Places & Spaces

    During the 3-weeks of EDU 394, students will participate in and reflect on structured, educational experiences across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  Places likely to be visited include the following:

      • Ulster History Museum, Titanic Museum - Belfast

      • Dunluce Castle, Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Rathlin Island - Antrim Coast

      • Ulster American Folk Park - County Armagh

      • possible ferry trip to islands of Northern Ireland or Scotland 

      • Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Kilmainham Gaol - Dublin

      • Catholic, Protestant, non-denominational, and Gaelic-speaking schools in Northern Ireland; a variety of schools in the Republic of Ireland

      • meetings with educational and political leaders


    Students will be housed in secure locations with local guides at

      • Stranmillis University College, Queen’s University - Belfast

      • The Corrymeela Peace Community - Ballycastle

      • Magee College, University of Ulster - Derry / Londonderry

Educational Focus

A look at some of the purposes of the experience will give you a good idea of our educational focus:

  • To construct a socio-economic and political description of i) Derry City and a region of Donegal and ii) Belfast as representative of the two Irelands.

  • To describe the Northern Ireland Government policy of “Education for Mutual Understanding” and deduce parallel similarities and differences  in U.S. (split) communities.

  • To describe the political story of Twentieth Century Ireland and changes in the beginnings of the 21st century