Dublin Courses

Semester Courses
Summer Courses
Faculty Directors

Semester Courses

The Temple Dublin program incorporates 14-15 weeks of study with a key course and four to five elective courses (including an optional, part-time internship).

Key Course

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.

Irish Life and Cultures: JOURN 3751, MSP 4571 (3 s.h.) or COMM 3081 (4 s.h.)

All FIE students undertake an intensive Irish Life and Cultures Course, which begins prior to the Irish academic calendar and continues throughout the term. Students explore a variety of modules relation to Irish history, language, culture, and politics, with special emphasis on the history of peace and conflict in Ireland. Complementing the Dublin-based course lectures and co-curricular excursions, two study tours take students to Northern Ireland (Derry and Belfast) and Western Ireland (Galway, Connemara and the Aran Islands) to contextualize the topics at hand.

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.


Advanced News and Broadcast Methods: JOURN 2501 (3 s.h.) or MSP 4890 (4 s.h.) Fall Only

Learners will cover the techniques and skills used by experienced journalists on print and broadcast news assignments. The module will address advanced levels of reportage, showing how stories are covered and original self-sourced copy is generated. This will be supplemented by showing how to get stories via Freedom of Information and equipping learners with the resources they need to attend public hearings and cover them.
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.

Web and Media Design: JOURN 3800 or MSP 2741 (3 s.h.) Fall Only

In this module learners will develop proficiency in current web languages, explore and utilize a variety of web and multi-media software packages, evaluate other web resources, and apply current guidelines and standards that are critical for building robust, accessible web-based products. Learners will also explore and discuss related web aspects such as Web Analytics, Search Engine Optimisation, Social Media, and other emerging issues in this discipline.

Film Craft: MSP 4571 (4 s.h.) Fall Only

This module will engage learners in an aesthetic appreciation of the the three key building blocks of film culture – image, sound, and editing. Learners will be invited to reflecte critically on the cultural, artistic and historical relationship between these three building blocks. They will look at the key turning points in the refinement of these “building blocks” through a series of case studies focusing on important creative contributions made to film craft. This exploration will also ask learners to address the medium in the context of broader visual culture – including visual formats and media outside cinema.

Marketing Communications: ADV 1004 (3 s.h.) or MSP 4690 (4 s.h.) Fall and Spring

An intensive study and application of, integrated marketing communications strategy in the context of the sales and selling and the international business environment which familiarises learners with contemporary issues in developing marketing communications strategy and enable learners to apply marketing communications theory to an actual industry example. This equips learners with the skills and knowledge to exercise judgement in identifying the most appropriate combination of marketing communication tools to address specific challenges in company contexts.

Exploring Political Issues: MSP 4390 (4 s.h.) Spring Only

This module explores the theoretical approaches and empirical foundations of the Irish contemporary state society relations. It examines how political power is distributed between state and society, how it is institutionalised and how it is exercised. Competing definitions of power are analysed. Power in society is examined through subjects such as, theories of citizenship, participative democracy, social capital and social movements. It leads learners in outlining, discussing and beginning to analyse certain issues, debates and discussions regarding the role of politics in society through classroom activities and the production of written academic tasks.

Summer 2015 Course Description

Travel Writing: MSP 3296 or JOURN 3296 (3 s.h. WI)

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?

Irish Culture and Society: MSP 4571 or JOURN 3751 (3 s.h.); COMM 3081 or FMA 3680 (4 s.h.)

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.

Faculty Directors

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.