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HUM-2150-VM01 - Ireland through Words, Images & Music

Synonym: 179368
Location: Montpelier
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Hybrid Section: This course meets both online and at the site office. See below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times.
Semester Dates: 09-04-2018 to 01-19-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-24-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-05-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Peter Keating | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $2,881.00
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Service Learning Hours: 6-10

To be determined.

This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Global Perspective/Sustainability
Human Expression
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Comments: Study abroad course requires application process and acceptance prior to registration. Visit " broad-offerings/" for more information. Hybrid course meets at CCV Montpelier 9/22, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, & 1/19/19, 10AM-3PM.

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Course Description:

An interdisciplinary introduction to contemporary Ireland, this course explores the relationship between Irish experience and the representation of Irish life exported in the country's writing, cinema, and music. Students will read works by major Irish writers and view adaptations of Irish literature in film. Set against a backdrop of Irish music, traditional and modern, students will explore Ireland's history and changing culture.

Essential Objectives:

1. Identify major themes in Irish literature, cinema, and songs, and examine how these reflect historical and cultural circumstances.
2. Critically read the works of a broad selection of early and modern Irish writers and analyze the images of culture and individuals presented in these, focusing on issues of change in relation to political power, economic prosperity, religion, gender, and cultural identity.
3. Define literary elements such as theme, character, plot, imagery, point of view, and narrative technique, and discuss how these are employed in a distinctive way in Irish literature.
4. Compare written Irish works to their adaptations in film, examining how artistic interpretation and the use of visual imagery and sound tracks influence the portrayal of Irish history and culture.
5. Describe the rebirth of traditional Irish music and examine the role of this in shaping the social life, cultural identity, artistic growth, and modern music of contemporary Ireland.
6. Discuss the role of literature, films, folklore, and music in projecting Irishness to an international audience and question what cultural understanding is lost or gained in this process.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Preassignments - Read:  Scotney,  Chapter 1; Folk Tale, The Midwife of Listowel; Eilís Ní Dhuibhne, Midwife to the Fairies


John Scotney, Culture Smart! Ireland.

Nuala O'Faolain, Are You Somebody: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Women


Roddy Doyle, The Commitments

Bernard MacLaverty, Cal

David A. Wilson, Ireland, a Bicycle and a Tin Whistle




This class will employ a variety of methods to achieve the course objectives. In addition to readings, class discussions, group work, written and research assignments, we will view several films, and listen to recorded music.  Trip reflections and presentations will take place on our return from Ireland during the final class.


Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluation will be primarily based on meeting the stated course objectives as assessed through:


                   Class preparation and participation*                      30%

                   Class attendance                                                   10%

                   Written assignments                                             40%

                   Final project/presentation                                      20%


*Classroom Preparation and Participation: Student involvement in classroom discussions is highly encouraged.  In fact, in order to get an A (or even a B+) in this class, it is essential. In addition to being well prepared (carefully read and/or listened to the assignments), each student should find and bring in a news/culture article related to Ireland for each class.  These articles will provide a catalyst for subsequent in-class discussion. Tying contemporary events or cultural issues to the place you’re reading and hearing lectures about is one of the best ways to enhance learning. 


Students will receive a written narrative evaluation from the instructor at midterm and at the end of the course. All students are encouraged to meet with the instructor one-on-one for feedback and assistance as needed.


Grading Criteria:

A+        97% or higher  B+        87-89%           C+        77-79%           D+       67-69%          

A          93-96%           B          83-86%           C          73-76%           D          63-66%

A-         90-92%           B-         80-82%           C-         70-72%           D-        60-62%          

F          less than 60%


Fall 2018 textbook data will be available on June 4. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Peter Keating

Attendance Policy:


Regular attendance, preparation for and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in this course, and are completion requirements. No more than one unexcused absence will be allowed over the course of the semester.  Keeping up with assignments is essential for effective class participation. As this class meets infrequently, it is essential that students make every effort to attend all classes. Late arrivals and early departures are strongly discouraged as well.  In the case of emergency or genuine inability to attend, please notify me of the situation before class by email or phone (see contact information below).  Homework assignments are still due if a class is missed; your work should be submitted by email before the end of the class period that assignment is due. Late work will be marked down 10% for each week it is late. Any assignment, if substantially revised, may be resubmitted within one week for reevaluation.



'Fall 2018 Ireland Syllabus'

Ireland Through Words, Images and Music


Syllabus: Fall 2018




Preassignments - Read:  Scotney, Chapter 1; Folk Tale, The Midwife of Listowel; Eilís Ní Dhuibhne, Midwife to the Fairies


Sept 22            Get acquainted, Course/Class expectations

Background Information: Primer on Geography of Ireland, Early History, Old Stories, Traditional Music

(film: Ondine)   

For Oct 20:  Read, Scotney, chapters 2 through 6; James Joyce, The Dead; David Wilson, chapters 1 through 8 (Whitehead through The Humours of Westport).

Listen to, The Singing Stream/Dowser’s Favorite/Callan Bridge by Niall & Cillian Vallely and Samradh Samradh by The Gloaming (NOTE: Audio files available from class Moodle page)

Write, the subject matter for each of the three writing assignments will be determined just before class time and posted on the class Moodle page

Bring in for Oct 11:   A news story related in some way to Irish culture, politics or events.  This could be a film review with an Irish theme, a book review by an Irish author, a recent example of traditional or contemporary Irish music, a news event, or perhaps something on Irish sports or politics.


Oct 20             Nineteenth Century Ireland: Religion, Politics, Famine and Emigration, and the Shaping of Irish Identity

(film: The Dead)

For Nov 17: Read,  O'Faolain, Are You Somebody; Doyle, The Commitments.

Listen to, Leitrim Fancy/Round the World for Sport/Rip the Calico/Martin Wynne’s/The Enchanted Lady/The Holy Land, by The Bothy Band, and The Humours of the King of Ballyhooley by Patrick Street

Write, the subject matter for each of the three writing assignments will be determined just before class time and posted on the class Moodle page


Nov 17             Ireland in the 20th Century: From Literary Renaissance to Post Celtic Tiger 

(film: The Commitments)  

For Dec 15: Read, Scotney, chapters 7 and 8; MacLaverty, Cal, Wilson, chapter 9 (West along the Road) to end.

Listen to, The Ardara Girls/The Backdoor Highlands/Fáscadh mo Léine/Reel in A/Ciaran Tourish’s Reel by Altan, Rain Street by The Pogues, and Clohinne Winds by Niamh Parsons

Write, the subject matter for each of the three writing assignments will be determined just before class time and posted on the class Moodle page

Bring in for Dec 13:   A news story related in some way to Irish culture or a place on our trip itinerary.


Dec 15             The North & The Troubles; More on Modern Ireland; Contemporary Irish Music 

(film: Cal)

Study Abroad Orientation, Trip Journal Instructions, Final Presentation Guidelines      


TRIP TO IRELAND: JAN 5 -14, 2019     



Jan 19             Final Project Presentations & End of Semester Celebration

Wrap up, Irish Feast, presentations and all final course work.


Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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