All students will enroll in the key course, Irish Life and Cultures. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the key features of Irish culture and society and the key currents underpinning change in Ireland in the 21st Century. The key course spans the whole academic semester, includes several co-curricular excursions, two weekend study tours, and several guest lectures.
Electives and Internships
All Temple Dublin Fall and Spring students may apply for an internship in Dublin. Internships are organized ahead of time on behalf of the student by the Temple partner in Dublin, FIE (Foundation for International Education). Internships are found each semester within a variety of industry areas, such as advertising, communications, journalism and media, and public relations and marketing.
Internship: ADV 3185 (3 s.h), MSP 4785 (4 s.h.), MSP 4786 (3 s.h.), FMA 3085 (4 s.h), JOURN 3885 (3 s.h.), JOURN 3882 (3 s.h.), STRC 3385 (3 s.h.), STRC 3585 (3 s.h.), STRC 3685 (3 s.h.), THTR 2085 (3 s.h.), or THTR 3082 (3 s.h.)
In order to enhance and contextualize the internship experience, there is an important academic component that runs in conjunction with the placement. Students will follow a primarily online course format in which they work with a faculty member and their peers to reflect upon the experience and exchange ideas. This e-learning will be enhanced with face-to-face contact with the course instructor.Students will be assessed on their ability to engage analytically with the internship experience. Students will be required to write reflective weekly summaries, dialogue with classmates and write a final report that will provide structured expression of student development throughout the process.
By the end of the experience students should be in a position to:
– Exhibit a high degree of understanding of the organization, its culture as well as the sector in which that organization operates.
– Describe and analyze their internship experience and the ways in which they have developed personally and professionally during the program.
– Reflect on their performance in the workplace and areas of strength and weakness.
– Identify their own values, world view and determine possible career paths.
– Engage with intercultural issues which have emerged during that experience and demonstrate a level of cultural competence.
The module will explore voice control, script and running order presentation as well as the writing and technology skills used for broadcast journalism. Finally, learners will consider whether to specialise in print or broadcasting upon graduation and prepare a portfolio for prospective industry employers.
Summer 2015 Course Description
Ireland provides a unique setting for students participating in SMC’s Dublin Study Away program to experience the intercultural and international dimensions of travel in concert with environmentalism. Indeed, it is perhaps common knowledge that Ireland’s rolling hills and fields covered with lush vegetation have earned it the sobriquet “emerald island,” and inspired a rich history of art, music and literature. However, its association with ‘green’ is increasingly tied to the environmental movement and initiatives the country has been experiencing over the last decade as it is now home to some of the most environmentally progressive institutions and organizations in Europe.This course builds on the Dublin program’s strong tradition of Travel Writing as a means to explore international communication and develop intercultural competence, emphasizing a focus on communication and environmentalism designed to take full advantage of the country’s duality of natural beauty and eco-consciousness.
The course’s point of departure is that the embodied experience of international travel affords one not only the opportunity to examine another culture and its understanding of the natural world, but invites the productive reflection of one’s own culture and its treatment of the environment. Drawing from richness and contradictions found within Ireland’s natural landscapes and constructed mediascapes, students are challenged to develop and apply different strategies to document their experiences and evolving cultural competencies through essays and creative work (note: Students interested in media production, advertising and journalism will have the opportunity to “translate” their travel writing to final video, audio or multimedia productions, photographic essays and/or investigative reports). Course lectures, readings, field experience and assignments are framed by the following questions:
– Why and how we do we travel, and what we can learn from it?
– How can the travel writer’s narrative “voice” be used to present and negotiate issues of environmental citizenship?
– What ethical, political, and ideological concerns frame and inform travel, particularly in relation to the environment?
– How is description and representation tied to “place”?
– How do storytellers select and represent their experiences; reveal their preoccupations, subjectivity, and values—an area of productive struggle that has shaped much of the work of prominent nature writers (e.g., Emerson, Thoreau, Lopez, Abbey).
In short, what kinds of stories do travel writers tell and how can these stories tell us
something about our relationship with the natural world?
This course is designed to offer students an overview of the contemporary cultural landscape in Ireland. Its main objective is to critically examine current Irish cultural and societal preoccupations and to emphasize the relationship between culture, media and the formation of national identity. The primary objective is to provide students with a clearer understanding of the influences that have shaped and formed a dominant socio-cultural system in today’s Ireland.
This course is composed of 3 modules, namely, Irish Culture & Society, Economics, Peace & Conflict Resolution.
One of the key areas the course will address is Ireland’s status as a post-colonial nation. A major outcome is an understanding of social and cultural geographies, including: decolonization and the construction of identity, division and conflict, effects of globalization and the incorporation of multiple identities within present day Ireland. With the Peace Process in Ireland as a case study the course will provide perspectives on Mediating, Interpersonal & Intergroup Conflicts for a Sustainable Peace.
The Summer 2015 Faculty Director: Patrick Murphy
Patrick D. Murphy (Ph.D., Ohio University) is Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Media and Communication. He is the former Chair of the Department of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and has served as a frequent visiting professor at the School of Communication and Humanities, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Querétaro, Mexico. Murphy is the recipient of a Fulbright-Garcia Robles fellowship to Mexico, and has served as a delegate of the American Documentary Showcase series administered by the University Film and Video Association and funded in part by the United States Department of State. His teaching interests include global media, critical theory, media and the environment, and documentary media. He has published on the topics of the media and globalization, ethnographic method, and Latin American cultural theory, and also translated into English articles by some of Latin America’s most prominent communication scholars. Murphy co-edited Global Media Studies (Routledge, 2003) and Negotiating Democracy: Media Transformation in Emerging Democracies (SUNY 2007), and his work has appeared in Communication, Culture and Critique; Communication Theory; Cultural Studies; Global Media and Communication; Journal of International Communication; and Qualitative Inquiry. Currently he is working on a book about media, globalization and the environment.