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Maynooth, Ireland


Sept 14, 2014- Dec 19th 2014


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This program offers carefully selected and vetted NUIM courses that will transfer back to UNCW and count toward degree requirements. Students will enroll in a full time load of classes (four - five). All students will enroll in the core course Introducing Irish Cultural
Heritage, which includes excursions to sites of historical and cultural significance. Below is a list of courses offered at Maynooth and their UNCW equivalent.   All courses will fulfill
University Studies requirements.  *In addition to the required Irish Cultural History course,
student will choose an additional 3 or 4 courses.

Maynooth Course                               UNCW Equivalent (credit hrs)

World Lit I                                                              ENG 290 (3): Themes in Literature           

This module is intended to illustrate the history of how writers in Europe have confronted an ever expanding world. The popularity of travel writing, and of writing which claims (sometimes truthfully) to come from far flung places demonstrates the thrill of being de-centered, of having one's own values and assumptions challenged and sometimes jeopardized. The texts on this course describe a history of dialogue, conflict and confusion between Western European and non-Western cultures. Literature of this kind can serve both imperialist and anti-imperialist agendas, can help subjugate or can help liberate. In this module, we will explore the emergence of a European notion of cosmopolitanism in concert with the categories of humanity, animality and monstrosity.                                                                                 

World Lit II                                                              ENG 290 (3) (can be repeated under different subtitles)

The breakup of the European empires, which began after World War I and accelerated after World War II, was one of the decisive developments in twentieth-century history. The ongoing contraction of European power in this period challenged Europeans, whether living in the European imperial metropoles or the in colonial settler outposts of empire, to re-evaluate the ideas of progress, enlightenment and civilization that had long served both to legitimate the imperial mission and to inform the realist novel. For the formerly colonized peoples, however, the effort to overcome European domination and to establish a more equitable postcolonial world order posed even greater challenges, challenges which were not just political and economic but also intellectual and cultural in nature. This course will investigate a variety of twentieth-century literary and intellectual responses to the decline of empire and to the enormous dilemmas that confront the postcolonial world, looking in particular at the ways in which the featured works formally and thematically register the political, cultural and existential crises involved. The texts discussed include examples of late imperial romance, colonial settler narrative, and the postcolonial novel.

Music History I                                                           MUS 115 (3): Survey of Music Literature

Music repertory c1750-c1900; Students will recognize forms such as symphonic, concerto, opera, and chamber music and stylistic developments in the classical and romantic era. Students will be able to demonstrate listening and analytical awareness of the main genres and forms.

Intro to Philosophy                                                    PAR 101 (3): Invitation to Philosophical Thinking

This module introduces students to what is philosophy us, in pursuit of that aim, it will outline the main historical eras of philosophy; distinguish the major subdivisions of the discipline and how they relate to each other; discuss some of the major figures and topics in the history of philosophy; and draw attention to the use of formal logical thinking and the identification of some common logical informal fallacies used in everyday argumentation.

From Cell to Organism                                               BIO 105 (4): Concepts of Modern Biology

Topics covered include: structure of large biological molecules; basic animal and plant cell structure; cellular organelles; cytoskeleton; extracellular matrix; viral structure and function; bacterial cell structure, sporulation, growth and control of bacteria; fungal cell structure, role of yeast in brewing, fungal diseases; principles of genetics, mitosis and meiosis; patterns of inheritance; transcription and translation; mechanisms of evolution; microscopy; calculations involving weights, dilutions and molarity.

Cell Biology                                                                 BIO 201 (3): Principles of Biology: Cells (no lab)

Topics covered include: Introductory biochemistry and cell structure, membrane structure and transport, intra- and inter-cellular communication, basic concepts of immunology including innate and adaptive immune responses, effector T cells and humoral immunity; structure and function of mammalian tissues and organs, specialized features of plant cells, plastids, vacuoles and the cell wall. Students carry out library-based research and give a short oral presentation on a biological topic. In addition, students work in groups to research and present a poster on a biological topic. The posters are presented for public display and are assessed on content and presentation.

General Chemistry                                                      CHM 101 (4):  General Chemistry

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.

Bio & Developmental Psyc                                          PSY 256 (3):  Brain & Behavior

Module Objective: To introduce the study of the brain, neurons and the nervous system. To examine the core principles of development in the period from conception through childhood.
Module Content: Basic neuroanatomy. Structure and function of the neuron. Neural communication. Genetic and environmental factors. Heredity and prenatal development. Cognitive and intellectual development. Social and emotional changes through infancy and childhood.

Thinking Sociologically                                                SOC 105 (3): Introduction to Sociology

The fundamental concepts that are the basis of sociological analysis and that enable us to understand the link between individual and society. The crucial linkages between the life experience of any given individual, and his or her social circumstances. How collective experiences help to configure and re-configure social reality.

Anthropology – An Intro                                                 ANT 206 (3):  Cultural Anthropology

This course introduces students to the discipline of anthropology. Using theories and data in physical anthropology and archaeology we briefly discuss the human story before turning to language studies and social anthropology to discuss the astounding diversity of human cultures in the world. Students will be introduced to social anthropology’s conceptual work and research practices through a close reading of a modern anthropology classic, Philippe Bourgois’sIn Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio, an ethnographic study of violence and despair, love and hope in the divided world of contemporary New York City.

*Irish Cultural History                               Elective credit (3) that will fulfill the Living in a Global Society requirement

This is the foundation course of the new 20-credit Study Abroad Certificate that 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 foundation knowledge in these areas as well as the basic research tools to access relevant material. A highlight of the Certificate is the specifically tailored field study programme that provides integrated 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. All of the courses help to develop effective and efficient research, writing and study skills.



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