Welcome to Ireland



This sixteen-module program is an innovative, interactive program for students who wishes to enhance their cultural competency and global awareness. The certificate awarded on completion of this course will be a valuable add-on to a resume. Each module is delivered through a 20-minute video, which includes lectures, outdoor site visits around Ireland, interviews with experts and guests from Ireland and the USA, and there is a short assignment at the end of each module which is done by smartphone, in the form of a 2 minute video.


How the Global Perspectives Program works


The Lonestar College Global Perspectives program uses the history and culture of Ireland, past and present, as a platform for an intensive comparative study across the disciplines of history, literature, social justice, environment and sustainability, business, politics, social studies and leisure. The program consists of 16 modules, and anyone is welcome to participate. It can be embedded as part of a new or existing college course, or it may be taken as an independent, self-paced course. If your college is funding this for you, ask for your access code. If not, you can enroll at the enroll now button below.

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Learn about our shared narratives


Ireland's multifaceted history includes narratives of colonization, displacement, emigration, civil rights movements, conflict resolution, peace building and the challenge of building better in the 21st century. All of these events provide us with excellent material for comparative and critical thinking about ourselves, our community, and our past, present and future

Empathy, Cultural Competency and Knowledge


Each of the modules in this course are based on core values of empathy, cultural awareness, social justice and environmental responsibility. Students engage with each of the classes through creative assignments that will develop intercultural skills and global experiences. These are invaluable tools to take with on your future or current career path, but more importantly, make you a more informed and educated world citizen.

Global Learning - a small step to the world


You may not yet have had the opportunity to travel or study abroad, but we hope that this program will encourage you to consider it. The world is full of exciting and interesting places and people. Ireland is a tiny example of all that happens outside of your country, and it will provide you with a friendly introduction into things we have in common, and the differences in our cultures. This is the beginning of a beautiful adventure!

Dr. Niamh Hamill


Niamh is head of the academic department at ISAI and drafts the syllabi and curricula for visiting student groups. The syllabus for the Global Perspectives program was selected in consultation with academic colleagues across the U.S.A to maximise the development of cultural competency and critical thinking.

Dr. Dana Van de Walker

Dr. Dana Van De Walker is the director of the Global Scholars program at Lone Star College, Houston North and North Harris campuses. She has worked in international education for more than 15 years. She currently teaches education and international studies courses and in the past has taught English, political science, and gender studies courses. She earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Sam Houston State University, and her M.A. and B.A., both in Political Science, from Illinois State University.

Guest Speakers


We have many interviews and chats with a range of experts, lecturers and guests who have first-hand knowledge and experience of our topics- this includes Dr. Paula Meehan, former Professor of Poetry Ireland (pictured), Professor Christine Kinealy, Quinnipiac University, Professor Liam Kennedy, Professor Diane Negra, UCD, Senator Eileen Flynn, Niall O'Dowd, Don Mullan, Úna-Minh Kavanagh, Femi Bankole, Ailbhe Smyth, Captain Bartley McFadden, John O'Connell, Rory Fallon, Conor Donnan, Syliva Rios& more. We also have site visits to many places of interest in Dublin, Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim & surrounds.

Syllabus


  Module 1. Introduction to the Global Perspectives Program
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  Module 2. 'We All Come From Somewhere' History and Identity
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  Module 3. 'Myth and Magic' - Folklore and Tradition.
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  Module 4. ‘ A Stranger in my own land’ Clearances and Colonization
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  Module 5. ‘A Modest Proposal’ Addressing Poverty and Migration
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  Module 6. ‘Mná na hÉireann- The Women of Ireland
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  Module 7. ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ – Civil Rights Campaigns in USA and Ireland
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  Module 8. ‘When Hope and History Rhyme’ – The Northern Ireland Peace Process
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  Module 9. ‘Taking Care of Business’ 21 Century Ireland in the Global Economy
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  Module 10. ‘The Lighting of a Fire’ - Ireland and Education
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  Module 11. ‘Gods Make their own Importance’ – Irish Literature
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  Module 12. 'What's the Craic?' Arts and Leisure in Modern Ireland
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  Module 13. ‘The meat of the buffalo’ Global Networks and International Allies.
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  Module 14. ‘Impossible, until it’s done.’ Advocacy and Activism
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  Module 15. ‘On the Road’ Educational and Cultural Travel
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  Final Module 'Professional Development for me'
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