Ireland Global Business Course Overview

Isenberg students at Free Derry CornerIsenberg students at Free Derry Corner

This 3-credit semester-long course entitled Business Development and Conflict Resolution in Ireland enables Isenberg business students to understand the business, historical, political and cultural environments in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland. In mid-May after commencement, students travel to Ireland for 10-12 days, staying most of the time at Inch House Irish Studies Centre; in County Donegal.

 

Objectives - This course is taught yearly with the purpose of expanding our students' understanding about global issues.

 

Topics of Study:

  • Irish music as a reflection of Ireland's history and culture;
  • Clansmen, Invaders, and Conquerors: Pillage, Plunder and the History of Ireland to 1700;
  • Rebels, Emigrants, and Martyrs: The Rise of Irish Nationalism from 1700 to 1916;
  • Soldiers, Politicians, and The Troubles: Ireland from 1916 to Present;
  • Derry/Londonderry: History, Economy, and Business; Northern Ireland and The Troubles;
  • Protests, Bombings, Hunger Strikes, and Reform;
  • Northern Ireland Murals;
  • Political Viewpoints-Unionists and Nationalists;
  • The Peace Process;
  • Economics: The Celtic Tiger and the Recession

 

Highlights of Our Stay:

  • Conversation with John Hume, former NI politician and Nobel Peace Prize Winner;
  • Visits to the walled city of Derry/Londonderry, our main area of study with commentary by people who were involved in the Troubles;
  • Attractions such as Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, and the Inishowen peninsula.
  • Speakers on the political and economic issues facing the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • Extensive exposure to Irish music and culture
  • 2-3 days in Dublin with visits to major attractions, Irish businesses, and cultural events

 

Application Deadline: Friday November 22, 2014

Information Sessions: Wednesday October 30, 6 pm in Room 126; Thursday November 7, 6:30 pm in Room 106.

Request further information at umassinireland2014@gmail.com


A non-refundable $500 deposit is required 2 weeks after acceptance to the program. The program cost is $2200 plus airfare, which will be purchased in early February. The program cost covers accommodations, most meals, and all sightseeing and touring.

 

Isenberg students at US WW II Beech Hill MemorialYouTube video by Isenberg Ireland 2008 Student

 

Pictures from past trips

 

Course syllabus


Course application