Dublin Courses

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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.


Media and Identity: MSP 3471, COMM 3081, COMM 3082 (3 s.h.)Academic Year Long

This module reflects the importance of cultural identities as a concept in both the form and content of new and traditional media. The study of identity intersects with theories of representation, audience and ideology. The module explores what is meant by ‘identity’ (our own and the concept in general) by considering the various social factors which make up individual identity and the ways these are represented in popular media. These factors include normative notions of gender, race and ethnicity, sexual preference and affiliation, social class, and nation/region. We will also explore how such reductive categories can be expanded on and transcended. These circulating representations are analysed through the study of selected popular television and film texts each week.

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.

Feature Writing and Freelance Journalism: JRN 2396, MSP 3590, COMM 3081, COMM 3082 (3 s.h.) Fall only

This module introduces learners to the basics of feature writing and the different types of feature articles in newspapers and magazines. Learners explore the more technical aspects of how to structure a feature story and the different writing techniques used by writers to link between sections. The module covers story sourcing, interviewing styles and interviewing for anecdotes and character. Learners examine the business of freelance journalism, the practical elements of running a freelance business and also look at developing their own voice through writing a blog.

Online Journalism: JRN 3790, JRN 3890, COMM 3081, COMM 3082 (3 s.h.) Fall only

Learners will explore the differences and similarities between old and new media and the advances in technology that have made it possible to reach diverse multimedia users. The module will outline how digital technologies make it possible for a news story to be created and changed for use on different media platform and consumed by diverse audiences almost immediately. Learners will consider how traditional media have been overtaken by independent media publishers as trends such as citizen journalism, blogging, crowd-sourcing and social networking prosper.

Magazine Production: JRN 3301(3 s.h.), COMM 3081, COMM 3082 (3 s.h.) Fall only

This module develops the practical explorations of magazine construction, for both print and online
upload, and allows the students to experience the media in general, and print media more specifically, in a ‘newsroom’ atmosphere. The particular topics are explored for the structure of language, social
relevance practical usage of the layout programme In Design and teamwork. This module is interactive
and integrative as the topics overlap, creating a broad understanding of various sections of today’s
world and the role print products and online magazines plays in it. This module is a continuation of SubEditing I and deepens the knowledge and practical usage of the design programmes, ensure a skill set
that will lead to employability and understanding of the importance of cross-skilling and staying current.

Scriptwriting Production and Development: MSP 3196, COMM 3081, COMM 3082 (3 s.h.) Fall only

This module allows learners to develop skills in writing scripts for the screen. In addition, learners will also draw upon and further develop their existing production and post-production skills by developing, producing and completing a short film or other digital media project. Learners will receive tutorials on writing and pitching a script as well as an insight into the professional standards of the industry and an opportunity to work with actors.

Event Planning: MSP 3890, COMM 3081, COMM 3082 (3 s.h.) Fall only

Event Planning will enable learners to apply the event concept to a wide range of event planning processes to evaluate if it successfully meets the expectations of its various stakeholders. A series of lectures and seminars will provide essential module information. In addition to standard in class lectures, case material will be applied to provide for and support the practical application of lecture content to ‘real life’ event scenarios.

Digital Marketing Concepts: ADV 1103, MSP 4690, COMM 3081, COMM 3082 (3 s.h.) Fall only

The evolution of the Internet in our economy has transformed the marketing landscape. Learners in this module will explore from a consumer’s perspective the fundamentals of marketing electronically. While the evolution of the Internet has created a renaissance of Marketing, new e-Marketing concepts have flourished for marketers to seize present and future opportunities using digital technologies. As part of this course learners will focus on a project where they will be encouraged to compare and contrast two companies’ websites in an industry of their choice.

Digital Planning and Management: ADV 3031, COMM 3081, COMM 3082 (3 s.h.) Fall only

This classroom based module will offer the learner both the theory and practice of planning and managing a digital marketing campaign. Planning elements including campaign scoping, deliverables, budgeting and performance reviews will be central to any digital campaign. Consumer engagement and insight into on-line behaviours are key to appreciation of the new landscape. Understanding the costs, rewards and risks associated with developing any interactive digital media campaign will be outlined also. This module will be supported with DVDs, e-materials, and guest presentations.

International Marketing: ADV 2111, COMM 3081, COMM 3082 (3 s.h.) Fall only

Marketing internationally is a question of survival for many organisations that wish to expand, grow or just survive. This module will introduce the learner to International Marketing concepts and theories and the types of environments companies face when internationalising. How to select markets and how to enter markets are decisions relevant when designing the International Marketing Plan. In this module learners will be asked to work on a project where they will sharpen their cross-cultural management skills with the view of building an International Marketing Plan.

Implementing Digital Media: ADV 2005 COMM 3081, COMM 3082 (3 s.h.) Fall only

This practical hands-on-keyboard module explores how a variety of digital marketing tools are developed, used and assessed by marketers. The 100% assessment reflects the applied nature of the course with learners developing and evaluating the digital tools they will design.

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

Marketing Research: ADV 2141, COMM 3081, COMM 3082 (3 s.h.) Fall or Spring

This module introduces the learner to the relevance and importance of marketing research in today’s business environment. Learners will investigate the multiple research strategies available and identify how to select the most appropriate and best strategy relating to their research problem. The module will also bring the learner from the beginning of the research process to the final stage, so that each learner can complete an entire research project/task. Increased emphasis will also be placed on new technologies and new research tools.

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.

Strategic Management: STRC 3775(3 s.h.) Spring only

Learners will be provided with the knowledge, skills, concepts and tools necessary to understand and respond to the increasingly complex, global, volatile, and dynamic context in which organizational strategy formulation and development take place today. This module will conduct a detailed study of the nature of strategy content and of strategic processes in a variety of settings.

Layout Design: JRN 3301, COMM 3081, COMM 3082 (3 s.h.) Spring only

This module develops thematic explorations of magazine construction, for both print and online upload, and allows them to experience the media in General, and print media more specifically, through practical and social aspects of the industry and how it effects social interaction. The particular topics are explored for the structure of language, social relevance practical usage of the layout programme InDesign and team work. This module is interactive and integrative as the topics overlap, creating a broad understanding of various sections of today’s world and the role print products and online magazines play in it.

Journalism Expertise: JRN 3790, JRN 3890, COMM 3081, COMM 3082 (3 s.h.) Spring only

This module examines, explains and discusses the key academic and popular debates associated with how we think about women’s magazines and sports journalism. It also examines the area of financial journalism and the interpretative and written skills needed for a career in the business press corps.

Interpersonal Communication: STRC 4670 (3 s.h.); Spring only

On completion of the Interpersonal Communications: Group Facilitation and Counselling module, learners will gain an understanding of group facilitation of counselling and explore the core concepts and ideas associated with it. Current theory in these areas will be elaborated upon and their relevance to current practice made explicit. Learners will come to appreciate the professional and ethical issues inherent in the practice of counselling and group facilitation as well as analysing the core principles and values underpinning successful counselling and facilitation work with individuals and groups through classroom activities and the production of written academic tasks.

Summer 2016 Course Description

Travel Writing: MSP 3296 or JOURN 3296 (3 s.h. WI); MSP 8741 (3 Graduate s.h.)

Much has been said about the tradition of storytelling in Ireland. However, storytelling is more than a way of preserving culture or providing entertainment. This course will explore the professional, practical and contemporary applications of storytelling, from crafting a personal creation myth to be used in interviews and presentations to learning how to harness narrative tools for personal and career development. We all need to be part writer/part performer/part editor and the narrative tools explored in this course will improve your ability to connect with an audience, no matter how that audience is defined. Assignments and activities will include spoken, written and digital storytelling. The Irish people and travel will give students an immediate collection of experiences to draw from.

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

Summer 2017: Laura Zaylea, Media Studies & Production
Laura Zaylea is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Production. Her creative practice centers on video and text-based new media storytelling. Her recent works include the locative media project Speak2MeInCode (an illicit romance revealed through the guise of a grammar book) and the interactive novel Closer Than Rust (interwoven fictional stories about navigating queer identities in the rural American South). In 2013, Zaylea attended the writing residency In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge at the BANFF Center in Alberta, Canada. Her screenplays have been awarded by the Atlanta International Film Festival and the University Film and Video Association. Zaylea’s writing intensive course in Dublin will focus on travel writing and storytelling while also featuring segments on screenwriting and interactive writing for text-based games.