This fifteen-module program is an innovative, interactive program for Piedmont Community College students and community members who wish to enhance their cultural competency and become a global scholar. This program was designed by the Institute of Study Abroad in partnership with Piedmont Community College and we welcome participation from all students, staff, faculty and community.

How the Global Perspectives Program works


The 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 15 modules, and 15 assignments.


Class Lecturer


Dr. Niamh Hamill is the primary lecturer for this series of classes. Niamh is the Director of the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland and a lecturer in comparative Irish studies. She has a PhD in History from Drew University NJ and an M.A. in American Studies from University College Dublin.


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.

Evaluation


 Dr. Whatley will be evaluating the Global Perspectives through the Narratives of Ireland using the following methods.

The Global Perspective Inventory (GPI) is a survey instrument developed at Iowa State University (https://www.gpi.hs.iastate.edu/) that measures three dimensions of global learning: cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal. For the ISA evaluation, students complete the 32-item GPI at the beginning and at the end of their program to measure progress over the course of their virtual experience.


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.

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!

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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  Half Time Check-in
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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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Course Fees


The course liaison faculty member at Piedmont Community College is Professor Levine. Please check if you qualify for a scholarship before you enrol. If you do, you should receive a code to enrol.

$100

Piedmont CC Experience Ireland Course