In this Seminar, students study international human rights violations and possible remedies in a variety of contexts, examining the history, development, and structure of human rights protection. Examine human rights in action through Irish case studies and with opportunities to learn directly about the work of organizations such as the Irish Innocence Project and the Cities in Transition Project. The Seminar also includes guest lectures by key figures engaged in human rights protection. Learn outside of the classroom with a weekend visit to Belfast and Londonderry/Derry to witness the main sites of civil rights events and meet local experts. Set in Dublin the contrast between new and old facilitates diversity seen through European and Asian influences.
Sharpen your writing skills in this Seminar as you explore London and learn to express yourself through words. Walking field studies throughout London’s most intriguing neighborhoods will spark your inspiration. The course will allow you to translate your interpretations and reflections in writing. Your writing will be an expression of your unique learning experience and reveal the multiple realities encountered in the urban spaces of London, moving beyond simplicity and stereotype. London has something for everyone, including the more than 300 different languages spoken in this hugely diverse city.
In 2014 the UK government reported that the fastest growing sector in the economy was that of the creative arts. This unique program gives students the opportunity to learn about a huge industry, to explore their own abilities for creation, and to participate in a community of creativity within one of the world’s most innovative cities. London is a stimulus for international artistic culture and an environment rich in opportunities for all students looking to challenge themselves or participate in the drama of creativity. London has something for everyone, including the more than 300 different languages spoken in this hugely diverse city. Under the direction of the institute director students will be required to select a minimum of 15-credits from the courses provided, attend all designated field events, and participate in the Cheltenham Literary Festival in the first weekend of October. Students will spend the weekend in Cheltenham, attend key events and meet with writers and organizers to gain insight into the creative process and the economics, management and promotion of a major international event. Students will gain an understanding of the influential role the creative arts industry has on national and global economics. Through studying and practical experience in the creative arts, students will enhance their communication skills as well as develop awareness for the range of employment throughout the industry.