Dublin Courses

Students and Classes

The student population of Temple Dublin is small in number. Our typical student is a sophomore, junior or senior from a college in the United States with an academic background in media, communications, film, theater as well as students majoring in the College of Liberal Arts, the Fox School of Business, the College of Science and Technology, the Tyler School of Art, the Boyer College of Music and Dance , the College of Education, amongst others, and will have no trouble taking the media and communications courses we offer in Dublin during the summer.  Temple students who successfully complete (with a C- or better) the courses on this program will satisfy the Global/World Society requirement. Please note that you do not earn an additional three credits, but the requirement is waived as completed.

The School of Media and Communication is offering a new International Communication Concentration to SMC majors and most of the courses on the Dublin program can be used to fulfill requirements for this concentration.  More information on the International Communication Concentration can be found on the undergraduate bulletin here.  If you are interested in declaring this concentration, you must have already declared a major within the School of Media and Communication, be in good academic standing and complete this form (PDF) and return it to the Advising Center in Room 9 in Annenberg Hall.  You should also consider making an appointment with an academic advisor prior to declaring the concentration to go over your academic progress.

Temple Dublin is a partnership program offered between SMC Study Away and between Foundation for International Education (FIE), which operates its Dublin program in partnership with various universities in the city.

This unique 5.5-week program incorporates two compulsory courses: Travel Writing and Irish Culture and Society. Students will enroll in Travel Writing with a Temple professor and Irish Culture and Society with an Irish professor, taken alongside other study abroad students from all over the U.S. and Europe.  Those students will also enroll in Irish History, Literature and Politics, which will sometimes be offered to Temple students during select summer programs.  Two co-curricular field excursions to Northern Ireland and Cork deepen the program’s experiential component.This exciting summer program in Dublin offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of Ireland across a broad spectrum of study and experience.  The courses incorporate elements of Irish storytelling, history, literature, politics, culture and society, with co-curricular field excursions to Northern Ireland and Cork, which are compulsory, to contextualize and deepen the experience.

One course, Travel Writing, is taught by the Temple Dublin faculty director who is a full-time faculty member in the School of Media and Communication.

Temple students who successfully complete this program automatically satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement of GenEd.  Please note that you do not earn three credits, but the requirement is waived as completed.  The School of Media and Communication is offering a new International Communication Concentration to SMC majors and both of the courses on the Dublin program can be used to fulfill requirements for this concentration.  More information on the International Communication Concentration can be found on the undergraduate bulletin here.  If you are interested in declaring this concentration, you must have already declared a major within the School of Media and Communication, be in good academic standing and complete this form (PDF) and return it to the Advising Center in Room 9 in Annenberg Hall.  You should also consider making an appointment with an academic advisor prior to declaring the concentration to go over your academic progress.

Summer 2015 Courses

Summer study in Dublin is tailored to your interests, your specialization.   As a vital part of the expansion of your specialized learning and writing, you’ll experience all the intimacy, joy, friendliness, and richness of a youth-oriented, vibrant city, Dublin, and a country that for many of us as Americans, lives deep in our national souls, Ireland.  One of the goals is for all of that to come through your pens and keyboards.

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

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 & Society: MSP 4571; JOURN 3751 (3 s.h.); COMM 3081 (4 s.h.) 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. 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.

To learn more about the academic component for this course, take a look at three students’ final projects from the Summer 2012 program.  Their projects will give you a better idea about the type of Irish culture areas are explored in the course.  The projects are available here.

The Summer 2013 students produced a culture blog as they each explored all that the Dublin arts scene had to offer!  Check it out here.

The 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.