Dublin: A Brief Literary History

Irish novelists, playwrights, and poets have forged one of the greatest bodies of literature in the English language. Discover a city, culture, and literary history that resonate to this day. This course delves into the rich influence of Irish poets, dramatists, and fiction writers of the 20th century by visiting literary museums, attending several evening theatre performances, and exploring the historical and contemporary cultural center of Ireland.

Topics include:

  • 20th century writers, such as James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, and Lady Gregory
  • Site visits include the Dublin Writers Museum, James Joyce Center, Trinity College, and the Book of Kells
  • Theatre performances at the famous Abbey Theatre

Faculty member: Jessica Stock, e-mail jessica.stock@faculty.umuc.edu

May apply toward upper-level credit for the English major, humanities major, arts and humanities general education requirements, or electives.

Prerequisite: WRTG 112 Introduction to Academic Writing II

"When I die Dublin will be written in my heart."

-James Joyce

Tentative Course Itinerary

Pre-Course and Week 1

You will gain access to the online LEO classroom approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. The official course start date is 16 May 2020. Once you gain access to the classroom, take a virtual walk-through of the course and begin reading assignments.

* All times are approximate

Day 1

First class meeting in Dublin

Day 2

Morning reading and discussion
Visits to Joyce Center and Dublin Writer's Museum
On-site history lectures
Evening lecture

Day 3

Morning reading
Site visits to Trinity College, Book of Kells, The Famine Memorial, St. Stephen's Green, and the National Library
On-site history lectures
Evening lecture
Film and student poetry

Day 4

Morning reading
Bus trip to Newgrange and Hill of Tara; on-board history lecture
Evening lecture

Day 5

Morning writing workshop
Site visit to National Museum and National Gallery
On-site history lectures
Evening lecture
Film and student poetry

Day 6

Morning reading and discussion
Lunchtime theatre performance
Evening lecture
Student poetry

Day 7

Hand in assignments; depart


Complete final papers

Accommodation and Transportation

For your convenience, UMGC coordinates the hotel and excursion arrangements for a flat fee of $650 per student per field study course. This fee will be charged to your student account and covers seven nights of lodging (double occupancy room), as well as local transportation costs and entry to all excursions.

The $650 fee does not include travel to and from the city where the course is held. You must make their own travel arrangements to the course.

Textbooks and Course Materials

Please refer to the current course syllabus found on the schedule for details about course materials. This course uses no-cost online resources.

Registration Details

You may register for the 3 credit field study course with your local program coordinator or online at MyUMGC. Tuition assistance or financial aid can be applied toward tuition costs. For more information, contact the UMGC Field Study Office at CIV +49-(0)631-534-800, or e-mail fieldstudies-europe@umgc.edu.

Before completing your travel plans, please verify with your local program coordinator or the Field Study Office at UMGC Europe Headquarters that the course will be held as scheduled. If you drop/withdraw from a field study course after the registration deadline, you will be charged a fee of $100.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How is a field study course different from a regular course?
A field study course packs all of the 48 contact-hours of other courses into seven adventure-filled days on location, so you can earn three credits in 4 weeks. In addition, rather than taking place in an education center, a field study course takes place in a historical European city where the subject being studied has its roots. You will visit historical sites and museums as well as participate in lectures that bring it all together for a one-of-a-kind learning experience.

The on-site portion of field study courses are also scheduled during registration weeks, so they shouldn't interfere with your other courses.

For more information, please visit the Field Study Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

Helpful Hints

Before you leave:

  • Contact your travel agency concerning insurance coverage for cancellations.
  • Contact your health insurance company for information concerning coverage at your destination.
  • Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of your destination country.
  • Check the weather forecast for your destination.
  • Obtain city maps for your destination.
  • Leave contact information with people at home who may need to reach you during the course.
  • Make sure your legal affairs are in order and leave a short-term power of attorney with someone you trust.
  • Make two photocopies of your passport and the contents of your wallet--leave one copy at home, and bring the other with you.

For more information, please visit the Field Study Resources page.