Academics

Academics

This program offers carefully selected and vetted Maynooth courses that will transfer back to UNCW and count toward graduation. Students will enroll in a full time load of classes (four - five). All students will enroll in the core course, "Introducing Irish Cultural Heritage," as well as three or four additional courses.

Registration for classes:

Registration for classes at Maynooth University is a little different than at UNCW. Do not worry, a UNCW staff member and staff from Maynooth will be there to guide you.

First you will meet with a UNCW staff member to let you know about the course availability. Some of the courses that you may wish to take may not be available or they may conflict with another class that you would like to take. The class schedule can vary by class, meaning that one day it can meet on Monday at 10 AM and then could meet on Thursday at 4 PM in the same week.

We will look at these during orientation while at Maynooth.

The following day you will file into the gymnasium with all of the other international students and get in line to get your registration sheet signed by a faculty member. For each class that you want to take you will have to wait in that line and get that signature from that professor. After you get all of your signatures you will hold on to this sheet for a week so that you may go to the classes and see if you need to switch any of them. A number of the classes that you might be attending will be standing room only as other students are trying out the classes also.

Once you are set on your classes, you will take your registration sheet to the registrars office to be officially registered for those classes. This is when you will have access to all class materials that are online.

Required course

Irish Cultural Heritage

This course is based on an inter-disciplinary study of the origins and foundation of early Irish cultural heritage with particular emphasis on archaeological, literary, historical and linguistic evidence. This emphasis on knowledge of Ireland's past will be coupled with a critical awareness of the "uses of the past" in the present: that is, an appreciation of how cultural institutions use "heritage" in the service of tourism, nationalism, and other projects. Students will acquire a basic knowledge in these areas as well as the basic research tools to access relevant material. The class includes tailored field study and assessment of iconic archaeological sites including the Boyne Valley (Knowth and Newgrange), the monastery at Clonmacnoise, the ritual complex at Cruachain and the Hill of Tara. Independent study at Cultural Heritage Institutions, such as the National Museum of Ireland, is also a feature. The course helps develop effective and efficient research, writing and study skills. This will transfer back as three hours of elective credit and will fulfill the Living in a Global Society requirement of University Studies.

Additional courses

Below is a list of the course offerings that have been evaluated by UNCW from Maynooth University. These are courses that we know will transfer back based on previous student coursework. Many courses transfer back as University Studies or major courses, while others transfer to UNCW as electives towards graduation. Electives are noted by a 001 course number. If you choose to register for a class not on this list, we cannot guarantee that it will transfer.

Fall 2016 Course Availability - Maynooth University

*** All students will register for ID 001: Introducing Irish Cultural Heritage

Course Title: Introducing Irish Cultural Heritage

Maynooth Module Code: ID 001

UNCW Course Equivalent: ELEC 001

Credits at Maynooth: 5

Transfer Credits at UNCW: 3 credit hours

Department: NUA Ghaeilge

Fulfills University Studies: Living in Global Society

Course Overview: This is a foundation course in Irish Cultural Heritage Studies. While introducing students to a general understanding of early cultural history, the emphasis is on the importance of academic knowledge of the past as a foundation for the presentation and dissemination of cultural heritage for the general public. This is an assessment of the diverse aspects of Irish cultural history including place names, the literature of places and the creation and manipulation of history in relation to some of the great prehistoric and early medieval locations in Ireland. The care, presentation and future development of heritage sites such as Emain Macha, Tara, Cashel, Cruachain, Uisneach, Newgrange, and Clonmacnoise will be assessed in the context of modern scholarly interpretation and the increasing importance of cultural tourism.

Course Title: Intro to Anthropology I

Maynooth Module Code: AN 151

UNCW Course Equivalent: ANT 105

Credits at Maynooth: 7.5

Transfer Credits at UNCW: 4 credit hours

Department: Anthropology

Fulfills University Studies: Human Institutions and Behaviors and/or Living in Global Society

Course Overview: Anthropology is a comparative and theoretical subject, and here in Maynooth we place particular emphasis on the knowledge that emerges from anthropological fieldwork. Anthropologists do fieldwork, write ethnographic texts, and make contributions to a body of theoretical knowledge; we explore these distinctive styles of research and representation. In fieldwork, anthropologists gather information about people and places, creating diverse forms of data: interview transcripts, life histories, village diagrams, maps, kinship genealogies, grammars and dictionaries, photos, videos of rituals or political protests, recordings of myths and songs, material artefacts, and much more. The data anthropologists collect in fieldwork is made intelligible through its relationship to a set of questions within anthropological theory. So when writing 'ethnography,' anthropologists weave interpretations of these data into detailed descriptive analyses of social and cultural life, often hoping to yield theoretical insight. Through a close reading of ethnographic texts, and through the completion of small projects/assignments, in this module we hope to understand the unique sensibility guiding anthropological ways of creating new knowledge about the world.

Course Title: Visual and Material Culture

Maynooth Module Code: AN 153

UNCW Course Equivalent: FNA 102

Credits at Maynooth: 7.5

Transfer Credits at UNCW: 4 credit hours

Department: Anthropology

Fulfills University Studies: Aesthetic, Interpretive and Literary Perspectives

Course Overview: The course will introduce students to the various forms of cultural expression that is mediated, advanced or challenged through photography, film, image and object worlds.

Course Title: General Chemistry

Maynooth Module Code: CH 101

UNCW Course Equivalent: CHM 101

Credits at Maynooth: 7.5

Transfer Credits at UNCW: 4 credit hours

Department: Chemistry

Fulfills University Studies: Scientific Approaches, also required of science majors

Course Overview: Introduction and stoichiometry; Chemistry in aqueous solutions; Atoms, molecules and the Periodic Table; Atomic structure and shapes of atomic orbitals; Bond formation, ionic and covalent bonds; Lewis structures, VSEPR theory and geometry predictions for polyatomic molecules; Physical trends in the Periodic Table.
This module covers four important areas in chemistry:
(i) Introduction to Chemistry. Elements and their physical characteristics. Introduction to Atomic Theory - physical mixtures versus chemical compounds. Covalent and Ionic bonding, the naming of chemical compounds, expression of chemical reactions. The mole concept. The chemical equation. Relative atomic mass. Stoichiometric calculation and balancing chemical equations using mole quantities. The ideal gas equation and units. Empirical and molecular formulae of compounds from elemental analysis. The determination of relative atomic mass from chemical reaction data. Solutions, concentration, molarity. Calculations using titrimetric data. Stoichiometric calculations for reactions involving solid, dissolved and gaseous reagents.
(ii) Chemistry in Solution. Acid and base reactions: Lowry-Bronsted theory of acids and bases; Strong and weak acids; pH of strong and weak acids/bases; Titration curves; Indicators; Buffer Solutions; pH of salt solutions. Redox reactions: Concept of oxidation state and reactions involving a change in oxidation state.
(iii) Atoms, Molecules and the Periodic Table. The topics covered in this section are: Historical development of atomic structure; Bohr theory; Ionization potentials; Atomic quantum number; Aufbau principle; Electronic basis of the Periodic Table; Groups, periods and blocks; Basic chemistry of the elements based on the electronic structures of atoms; Electronegativities; Wave mechanical theory of the H-atom; Schrodinger''s equation (angular and radial functions, radial distribution functions); Shapes of orbitals; Pauli principle, electron spin and Hund's rules; Simple concepts of chemical bond formation (ionic/covalent bonds); Lewis model; Valence shell electron-pair repulsion (VSEPR) theory; Prediction of geometries for polyatomic molecules.
(iv) Physical Trends in the Periodic Table. Atomic and ionic sizes, ionisation energy, electron affinity, electronegativity; Variation in the type of compound formed across the table - some relationships between position on the periodic table and bond strength. Classification of common inorganic reactions.

Course Title: Social and Cultural Geography

Maynooth Module Code: GY 234

UNCW Course Equivalent: GGY 140

Credits at Maynooth: 5

Transfer Credits at UNCW: 3 credit hours

Department: Geography

Fulfills University Studies: Human Institutions and Behaviors and/or Living in Global Society

Course Overview: This module introduces students to social geography and cultural geography, two of the most dynamic fields of study within human geography. It focuses on the relationship between space and society, expressed through the emergence of social and cultural differences and inequalities. The module also examines key themes such as power, identity and exclusion, and their theoretical and empirical importance within social and cultural geography.

Course Title: Film and Screen Studies

Maynooth Module Code: MD 240

UNCW Course Equivalent: FST 110

Credits at Maynooth: 5

Transfer Credits at UNCW: 3 credit hours

Department: Media Studies

Fulfills University Studies: Aesthetic, Interpretive, and Literary Perspectives

Course Overview: This class provides an introduction to film as an aesthetic, economic, and cultural phenomenon. Mastering the vocabulary associated with narrative, editing, cinematography, mise-en-scene, and sound, which are the fundamental tools required for the close analysis of film texts, lays the groundwork for the interpretive analysis of film texts. We will further consider key historical, economic and ideological contexts that inform the production and consumption of films and film genres. Topics that link to second semester modules in the Film/Screen studies elective stream will be incorporated.

Course Title: Introduction to Composition

Maynooth Module Code: MU 218

UNCW Course Equivalent: MUS 106

Credits at Maynooth: 5

Transfer Credits at UNCW: 3 credit hours

Department: Music

Fulfills University Studies: Aesthetic, Interpretive, and Literary Perspectives

Course Overview: The module aims to expose students to the wide variety of styles and ideas in Contemporary Western Art Music so that they can make informed judgements about their own creative expression through composition. Students will be introduced to composition through the hands-on application of some historical and contemporary techniques in short exercises, through discussions on the fundamentals of compositional material and through regular exposure to recordings of modern languages of music.

Course Title: Introduction to Philosophy I

Maynooth Module Code: PH 151

UNCW Course Equivalent: PAR 101

Credits at Maynooth: 7.5

Transfer Credits at UNCW: 4 credit hours

Department: Philosophy

Fulfills University Studies: Historical and Philosophical Approaches

Course Overview: This module will provide students with a general introduction to philosophy with a special focus on moral and political philosophy in the second part of the module. The first part will introduce students to what philosophy is, outline the main historical eras of philosophy (ancient Greek, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary), and distinguish the major subdivisions of the discipline (e.g., Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics etc. by looking at some of the most important topics addressed in those disciplines. The second part of the module will introduce students to some of the most important questions asked in Moral and Political Philosophy such as 'What is the good life?', 'How should we act?' or 'Is the state justified in inflicting punishment on those who infringe state law?' This second part will also engage with contemporary ethical debates, such as the debates on euthanasia or environmental ethics.

Course Title: Introduction to Greek Philosophy

Maynooth Module Code: PH 201

UNCW Course Equivalent: PAR 201

Credits at Maynooth: 5

Transfer Credits at UNCW: 3 credit hours

Department: Philosophy

Fulfills University Studies: Historical and Philosophical Approaches

Course Overview: The aim of this module is to give a general introduction to the first philosophers of Western civilization, roughly between the 6th century BCE and the 1st century CE. We shall proceed chronologically, from the Presocratic thinkers and their discussions of nature, to the Sophists and their focus on human concerns, and then to Plato and Aristotle, ending with the Hellenistic philosophical schools: the Stoics, the Skeptics, and the Epicureans. We shall also proceed philosophically, emphasizing philosophical themes, problems, possible solutions, and methods arising in this period.

Course Title: Introduction to Political Institutions

Maynooth Module Code: PO 152

UNCW Course Equivalent: PLS 111

Credits at Maynooth: 7.5

Transfer Credits at UNCW: 4 credit hours

Department: Sociology

Fulfills University Studies: N/A, could be elective credit or count in possible major

Course Overview: This module introduces students to government and politics, and focuses on the key institutions to be found in modern political systems, what they contribute to processes of governance, and how power is distributed across and among those institutions. It interrogates the power of the principal political actors in Irish and European contexts and provides a comparative theoretical approach to understanding the role, function and relative power of these institutional sites. It encourages students to think about how institutional design impacts on politics and policy-making.

Course Title: Introduction to Psychology I: Research Foundations of Psychology, Biological and Developmental Psychology

Maynooth Module Code: PS 150

UNCW Course Equivalent: PSY 105

Credits at Maynooth: 7.5

Transfer Credits at UNCW: 4 credit hours

Department: Psychology

Fulfills University Studies: Human Institutions and Behaviors

Course Overview: Introduction of psychology as a scientific discipline. Introduction to fundamental principles of research in psychology. Basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, with special reference to psychological function. Introduction to branches of biological psychology, including psychopharmacology and psychophysiology. Genetic and environmental influences on psychological development. Major theories of cognitive and intellectual development. Module Objective: To introduce the research basis of contemporary psychology and introduce core topics and theories in the areas of biological and developmental psychology.

Course Title: Contemporary Irish Society

Maynooth Module Code: SO 151

UNCW Course Equivalent: SOC 294

Credits at Maynooth: 7.5

Transfer Credits at UNCW: 4 credit hours

Department: Sociology

Fulfills University Studies: N/A, could be elective credit or count in possible major

Course Overview: This introductory module offers students a sociological analysis of contemporary Irish society. The module will explore how Irish society is organized, experienced, and represeneted. The principal institutions and structures that shape social life in Ireland and the main processes through which Ireland as a whole is changing are reviewed. The current configuration of Irish society is interrogated through a rich sociological framework.

Course Title: Sociology of Everyday Life

Maynooth Module Code: SO 153

UNCW Course Equivalent: SOC 240

Credits at Maynooth: 7.5

Transfer Credits at UNCW: 4 credit hours

Department: Sociology

Fulfills University Studies: N/A, could be elective credit or count in possible major

Course Overview: This module explores the distinctive contribution of sociology to understanding and explaining contemporary cultural practices in Ireland and internationally. In particular, by drawing on a range of themes such as media, migration, sport and the body this module demonstrates how individuals and society are interlinked and how culture can contribute both to social inclusion and social exclusion.

Course Title: Media and Society

Maynooth Module Code: SO 208

UNCW Course Equivalent: SOC 303

Credits at Maynooth: 5

Transfer Credits at UNCW: 3 credit hours

Department: Sociology

Fulfills University Studies: N/A, could be elective credit or count in possible major

Course Overview: The evolution of the mass media (both old and new) and issues of ownership and control, production process and media content, and media audiences. The current restructuring of the media and culture industries in Ireland, and across the European Union. The outlook for public service broadcasting The potential of the mass media to act as an instrument of cultural integration.

Course Title: Urban Sociology

Maynooth Module Code: SO 211

UNCW Course Equivalent: SOC 315

Credits at Maynooth: 5

Transfer Credits at UNCW: 3 credit hours

Department: Sociology

Fulfills University Studies: N/A, could be elective credit or count in possible major

Course Overview: The sociological analysis of the contemporary city. Theoretical approaches within urban sociology, empirical examples of transformative processes currently underway in the city, and explore how they work themselves out in everyday urban life. The social organisation of the city and the way city residents experience and use the urban space.

Course Title: Marx on Ireland

Maynooth Module Code: SO 221

UNCW Course Equivalent: SOC 294

Credits at Maynooth: 5

Transfer Credits at UNCW: 3 credit hours

Department: Sociology

Fulfills University Studies: N/A, could be elective credit or count in possible major

Course Overview: This course examines in detail the work of Marx and Engels on the 'Irish Question'. We will explore not only what Marx (and Engels) said about Ireland, but also how they said it. The latter concern involves how Marx used his dialectical materialist framework to make sense of the Irish situation. The issues we will be looking at are colonialism, nationalism, ethnicity, racism, the colonial economy and anti-colonial forms of resistance.

**** Other courses are available for UNCW @ Maynooth students but exact equivalent information and fulfillment of University Studies cannot be guaranteed prior to transcript evaluation. It is likely that most other courses will transfer to UNCW as elective credits.