Students will engage in a cultural, historical, and geographical study of Ireland in preparation for the Global Connections trip to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in May 2018, attaining a basic understand of Ireland’s history and culture as well as knowledge relevant to the travel experience. We will study the history of Ireland through readings and film; explore the island’s landscape, edifices, and monuments; become familiar with the sites and experiences included in the itinerary, and learn a little Gaelic. A visit to an Irish pub and a traditional dinner are important parts of the course.
W & F, 1:00 pm-1:50 pm
Fun Fact about GBL 200: Literary Ireland! This is the tenth Literary Ireland study tour at Agnes Scott. The program started in 1998. Over the years, three students (who really enjoyed it!) have repeated the trip at their own cost!
To go on the trip you must take (and pass) ENG 215 The Literature of Ireland, or ENG 230 Introduction to Film Studies, i.e. you should take one or both of these courses. All students going on this trip also take GBL 200, the trip preparation course. (Students who took ENG 215 or 230 in before 208 are eligible!)
Students going on the trip must attend all class meetings for GBL200: Literary Ireland, in which Professors Tolliver and Cozzens will introduce the travel experience through history, politics, culture, film, the Irish language, and more.
Pre- or Co-Requisite
Pre- or Co-Requisite
GBL200: Literary Ireland, Cozzens and Tolliver
ENG 215 The Literature of Ireland, Cozzens
ENG 230 Introduction to Film Studies with Irish component, Tolliver
W & F
1:00 pm-1:50 pm
M, W, F
9:30 am-10:30 am
M & W
3:30 pm-6:00 pm
ENG 215 Literature of Ireland
As a site of constant invasion and as “England’s first colony and her last,” Ireland has engaged the struggle for national and cultural identity in its literature from the earliest texts (myths, monastic and bardic poetry, ballads) to the satirical works of Jonathan Swift, the Celtic Revival led by Yeats and Gregory, the Gaelic language movement, the postcolonial subjects and arguments of Irish modernism, representations of The Troubles, and the cross-border, cross-boundary perspectives of contemporary literature. We will explore these and related themes in works by Swift, Edgeworth, Synge, Yeats, Gregory, O’Crohan, O’Casey, Kavanagh, MacNeice, Deane, Friel, Heaney, Boland, Carr, and others.”
Leave Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, fly to Dublin overnight; arrive on Day 2.
Day 2, 3, 4
Three nights in Dublin. Dublin and environs: museums, historic sights, walking tour, theatre, St. Patrick’s, Christ Church, General Post Office (Easter Rebellion 1916) National Museum (history), National Library (Yeats Collection), Dublin Writers’ Museum, Glasnevin Cemetery, Kilmainham Gaol, Newgrange, Monasterboice, Hill of Tara.
One night in Kilkenny. Depart by tour bus via scenic Co. Wicklow, Russborough House, Glendalough, Meeting of the Waters, Avoca Handweavers. Walking tour of Kilkenny by night.
Day 6, 7, 8
Three nights in Killarney via Kilkenny Castle, Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle. Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands Center, Lakes of Killarney, jaunting cart ride to Muckross House, scenic mountain tour, Kenmare.
Day 9, 10
Two nights in Galway via Cliffs of Moher, Yeats Country (Thoor Ballylee, Coole Park, autograph tree), Rathbaun sheep farm and farmhouse dinner with scone-baking lesson. Galway Bay, city walking tour scenic Connemara, Croagh Patrick, and Westport House, The Quiet Man sites.
One night in Sligo via Yeats Country (Glencar Waterfall, Dooney Rock, Lake Isle of Innisfree).
Day 12, 13
Two nights in Londonderry/Derry via more Yeats Country (Drumcliffe Churchyard and Lissadell House), Creevykill Passage Tomb, Donegal Town. Walking tour of Derry City, city walls, political murals Museum of Free Derry.
Day 14, 15
Two nights in Belfast via Dunluce Castle, Giant's Causeway, Antrim Coast. Belfast tour: city center literary and historic sites, political murals, C.S. Lewis memorial, Queen's University, Stormont, Ulster Museum, Titanic Museum, Linen Hall Library.
One night in Dublin: arrive in time for free time in Dublin.
Return to Atlanta from Dublin, arrive in late afternoon.
Itinerary is subject to change.
Itinerary ConsiderationsItinerary Considerations
There will be 2-3 walking tours included in the itinerary. Each walking tour will cover approximately one mile over the course of approximately 2 hours.
Apply for a passport if you don’t have one. If you have one, check the expiration date, and renew your passport unless it is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel. You will need to present your passport number by the stated deadline (no exceptions) so that the college can finalize tour booking. Allow at least three months for passport application or renewal. YOU MUST HAVE A VALID PASSPORT BY FEBRUARY 1, 2018!
Money in Ireland
You will want to have an ATM card or a credit card or both on the trip. An ATM card is the easiest and cheapest way to get cash in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The currency in the Irish Republic is the Euro; Northern Ireland uses Sterling.
Learn as much as you can about Ireland! Rent or attend movies about Ireland, read Irish literature and other books about the country, look for concerts or other performances by Irish performers, follow Ireland in the news or online, peruse guidebooks and maps. Read The Irish Times at www.Ireland.com.
Moderately priced hotels. Students will share two to a room.
Application Deadline - including deposit/application fee
Award Application Deadline - optional
Decision date for Program and for Awards
Deadline to commit/decline your placement This is financially binding
Accepted Students Meetings - mandatory for participation
First Payment Installment due
Final Payment Installment due
Passport Information due - no exceptions
All additional paperwork in Carta - no exceptions
Entry Visa Information due (if required)
In order for your application to be considered, you must complete the following prior to the above indicated Application Deadline:
Application for Faculty-led Programs
Letter of recommendation
$50 non-refundable deposit
Acknowledgement of Passport Requirement
Faculty-led Programs Agreement and Release
Award Application (optional)
Applications that do not have these requirements completed will not be considered for review by the faculty or the Center for Global Learning.
As a faculty-led program participant, you will be expected to take responsibility for not only your coursework, but also the additional requirements that come with participation in group travel:
Complete all course work in keeping with the course's syllabus and maintain attendance throughout the on-campus course
Submit information and meet deadlines established by the Center for Global Learning.
Be a full-time, degree-seeking students in good standing at Agnes Scott College.
Have completed one year or 24 credit hours at Agnes Scott prior to the experience abroad.
Meet any program-specific requirements, including co- and pre-requisite courses.
Once accepted to the program, students are required to attend a mandatory Accepted Students Meeting in the Fall semester and pre-departure orientation session in the Spring.
Graduating seniors are eligible to apply, but are not eligible for awards. They cannot be dependent on the credits of this course for graduation.
$5,370 per person
All meals (combination of group meals and meal allowance)
Activities and entrance fees
Travel Medical Insurance
Cost of passport
Entry visa (if required)
Meals not specified
Individually arranged outings
As part of your application to a faculty-led program, you will also have the opportunity to complete an award application, due at the same time. The Center for Global Learning will use your application to find available awards for which you are eligible based on the requirements (e.g. GPA, major, or level of financial need) of the various awards for faculty-led programs. A Committee will review all applications for content and eligibility. The decision on acceptance to the program and award amounts will be communicated at the same time.
Awards vary based on both need and merit. The maximum amount anyone can receive is $3,000.