B.A. (Honours) Arts & Humanities

Code: PC410

Level: 8

Credits: 240 ECTS

Points: 300-420

Duration: 4 years

Overview

The B.A. (Honours) in Arts and Humanities is a unique, multidisciplinary 4-year programme that affords the opportunity to explore the major ideas, events and cultural heritage that has influenced western conceptions of humanity and society. Students on this programme can choose modules from the following five areas of study in a variety of combinations: English, Creative Arts and Media; History; Philosophy; Psychology; and Theology. The programme is designed so that students can concentrate their studies on a broad range of areas or to narrow their focus down to the subjects which they want to pursue. This is an exciting, flexible degree that can be tailored to meet individual interests and needs. To help prepare you for life in college, every student takes special modules in the skills needed to be successful in third level.

The B.A. (Honours) in Arts and Humanities aims to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and values relevant to personal enrichment and professional work. The programme equips students with essential tools needed for the twenty-first century by nourishing critical and independent thinking, by developing strong digital, oral and written communication skills, and by allowing students to prepare for the future by strengthening their knowledge in their chosen areas of study. Most of all, students who take this course can open up their world to different ways of thinking and understanding, and they become become reflective, critical thinkers who are socially engaged and appreciate learning as a life-long activity. Graduates find employment in many different fields or go on to further post-graduate study. The B.A. (Honours) in Arts and Humanities also has teaching placement options for students who concentrate a portion of their studies on Theology.

Structure

Every student on the BA (Hons) in Arts and Humanities must accumulate at least 80 credits in at least one discipline area by the end of Year 4. This is known as a Major. Students who accumulate at least 80 credits in two subjects attain a Double Major. Majors are attained by accumulating credits over the four Stages of the programme, and can be attained in any discipline area. Remaining credits can be spread across other modules in other disciplines.

Year 1

You will take modules in each of the five core disciplines. Each module is worth 5 credits.

Core Subjects

English, Creative Arts and Media (10 credits)

History (10 credits)

Philosophy (10 credits)

Psychology (10 credits)

Theology (10 credits)

Common Modules

Academic and Programme skills modules (10 credits)

Year 2

You will take a minimum of 15 credits (three modules) in at least one chosen Major subject. You can choose up to 20 credits if you wish in a Major subject. The remaining credits can be distributed any way you like.

Major Subject

Minimum 15 credits

Elective Subjects

Up to 45 credits

Year 3

You will take a minimum of 20 credits (four modules) in your chosen Major subject or subjects. You can choose up to 35 credits (seven modules) if you wish in your Major(s). The remaining credits can be distributed any way you like. For students who are pursuing a Double Major, they should aim to have accumulated at least 55 credits in both subjects by the end of Stage 3.

Major Subject

Minimum 20 credits

Elective Subjects

Up to 40 credits

Stage 4

By the end of Stage 3, you will have accumulated at a minimum 45 credits in at least one subject. In Stage 4, you will make up the remainder of your credits to ensure you have attained a Major in at least one subject.

Major Subject

Minimum number of credits to reach 80 in your Major subject

Elective Subjects

Remaining credits can be spread across other subjects

Module Information

Year 1 (60 Credits)

Semester 1

Common Module

Academic and Digital Skills

This module develops the key academic and digital skills needed for your programme. The practical aspects of this module enables learners to explore effective learning strategies and improve their ability to use the library catalogue and digital resources to find, evaluate and use information appropriately.

Module Co-ordinator: Lisa Fortune
Assessment: 100% Continuous Assessment

English, Creative Arts and Media

The Virtues of Poetry: what poetry is and why it matters

This is a foundation module that introduces learners to a wide range of poetry. The module aims to inspire confidence in learners that when they encounter poems that they will be able to read them, comprehend them, and analyse them.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Derek Coyle
Assessment: 100% Continuous Assessment

History

Toolkit for History (Introduction to Historical Enquiry I)

This module is designed to develop the practical skills needed to work successfully as a learner of history. By the end of the module learners should have assembled an essential ‘toolkit’ of skills along with the confidence to start using these tools themselves.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Margaret Murphy
Assessment: 100% Continuous Assessment

Philosophy

Ancient Greek Philosophy

This module will acquaint the learner with the foundations of European philosophy and emphasise its importance in the history of ideas. Its aim is to introduce the learner to some of the key thinkers of the period and situate them in the context of the progression of ideas.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Noel Kavanagh
Assessment: 100% CA

Psychology

Psychology 1

The overall aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the breadth and scope of psychology through the Arts and Humanities Programme. The objectives rest in situating Psychology closely with the other mandatory disciplines.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Candice Condon
Assessment: 40% CA & 60% Exam

Theology

Introduction to Theology

This module aims to provide a working knowledge of key terms and topics in Christian theology. This provides learners with the basis to develop the theological literacy needed to take part in cultural and religious discussions and to pursue personal questions about faith and practice in contemporary culture.

Module Co-ordinator: Michael Sherman
Assessment: 20% CA & 80% Exam

Semester 2

Common Module

Arts and Humanities Seminar

The aim of this module is to help learners understand how disciplinary frameworks shape the manner in which topics and themes are addressed within a discipline; to show learners the interdisciplinary potential and possibilities of a humanities’ enquiry and to enable learners to make informed choices about the disciplines they might pursue through their degree.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Eoghan Smith
Assessment: 100% CA

English, Creative Arts and Media

Introduction to Fiction: Novel and the Short story

This module aims to introduce learners to the cultural and historical contexts in which the novel and short story forms emerged and evolved. It will outline and explore a range of definitions and theories of fiction and evaluate how these concepts apply to classic texts from Russia, America, Britain, and Ireland.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Simon Workman
Assessment: 40% Continuous Assessment; 60% Exam

History

Re-Imagining Ireland, 1500-1700

This module will guide learners through the history of Ireland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and offer a sense of how life was lived in early modern Ireland. It locates the Irish experience within wider European and global experiences and allow the learners to reflect on the meaning and significance of economic, social, cultural, political and religious life on the island from 1500 to 1700.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Richard McMahon
Assessment: 40% Continuous Assessment; 60% Exam

Philosophy

Medieval Philosophy

This module acquaints the learner with medieval philosophy and its importance to the development of the history of ideas at this time. The module identifies the importance of the role of philosophy in the elaboration and development of, in particular, Christian thinking and set it in the context of the historical, social and religious events of the time period.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Noel Kavanagh
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Exam

Psychology

Psychology 2

This module aims to introduce the learner to the discipline of Psychology, which is the science of mind and behaviour. It is set out in sections comprising an overview of Evolutionary Psychology, plus an introduction to Cognitive, Social, and Forensic Psychology.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Candice Condon
Assessment: 100% CA

Theology

Theological Themes in World Literature, Cinema and Music

This module aims to enable learners to explore and identify theological themes in world literature, cinema, and music. Learners should attain the ability to reflect theologically upon the arts and evaluate implicit and explicit religious content as it pertains to the Christian economy of salvation in various art forms.

Module Co-ordinator: Michael Sherman
Assessment: 100% CA

Year 2 (60 Credits)

Semester 1

English, Creative Arts and Media

Theatre of the European Renaissance

The objective of this module is to help learners to develop an in-depth understanding of drama and theatre in the period of the European Renaissance, with particular reference to the development of the theatre in England, and to the plays of William Shakespeare.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr James Heaney
Assessment: 100% CA

Creative Writing: Poetry

This module aims to develop in learners the skillset required to analyse and appreciate the achievements of contemporary poets. The module challenges its participants to demonstrate their belief in the art by devoting time and resources to acquiring the techniques and skills required to produce their own original body of work.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Derek Coyle
Assessment: 20% CA, 50% Portfolio & 30% Exam

History

Re-Imagining Ireland, 1700-1850

This module will guide learners through the key developments in the history of Ireland from the beginning of the eighteenth century through to the Great Famine. It will encourage learners to examine critically the major events and figures that have played a prominent part in the island's history at this time.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Richard McMahon
Assessment: 40% Continuous Assessment; 60% Exam

Revolutions in the Transatlantic World, 1763-1877

Learners on this module will examine the causes of revolutions in Europe and across the transatlantic world. Learners will analyse the competition for power in the New World, and the distribution of territories amongst old European powers.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Elaine Callinan/Dr Eric Derr
Assessment: 100% Continuous Assessment

Philosophy

General Ethics: Guiding Rules

This module aims to introduce learners to the principles, concepts and problems of rule based ethical theories through a critical analysis of Kantian and Utilitarian moral theory. It will present learners with fundamental frameworks by which to analyse social, moral and political phenomena, as well as developing learner capacity for critical thinking.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Otten
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Exam

Modern Philosophy 1600-1800: From Rationalism to the Enlightenment

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with an historical overview of the period of European Philosophy from the 1500s-1800s. The module is set in the context of the development of cultural ideas of the new sciences, rationalism, empiricism and scepticism.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Noel Kavanagh
Assessment: 100% CA

Psychology

Child Developmental Psychology

The aim of this module is to demonstrate the development of the child from conception to early adulthood. The objectives rest in showing the learner how the child was viewed across history in the microcosm of the home and immediate family, the mesosystem of schools, church and community, and the macro system of culture, religion, economics and education.

Module Co-ordinator: Aideen Lawlor
Assessment: 60% CA & 40% Exam

Social Psychology

The objectives of this module are to introduce the learner to the ways we think about our social worlds, how we read and try to make sense of other people, to understand the functions of attitudes and behaviours, to recognise the effects of prejudice and discrimination and to appreciate concepts such as prosocial behaviour, aggression, conformity and obedience.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Candice Condon
Assessment: 80% CA & 20% Exam

Theology

Christology: Encountering Jesus of Nazareth

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the critical issues and theoretical frameworks for understanding how one encounters Jesus of Nazareth. It will explore contemporary debates and methods of historical enquiry as they emerge in the various quests for the historical Jesus.

Module Co-ordinator: Michael Sherman
Assessment: 100% CA

Biblical Studies

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with an historical overview of the biblical world from Abraham to the end of the first century of the Christian era. The learner will have a hands-on ability to work with sections of the Bible and biblical authors, and make the learner aware of how great a role scripture plays in theology.

Module Co-ordinator: Rev Sean Maher
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Exam

Semester 2

English, Creative Arts and Media

Contemporary Irish Writing

Learners on this module examine a selection of Irish novels and short stories written or published (approximately) in the last twenty years. Learners will consider how recent Irish writing has represented the effects of globalisation; Irish Immigration/Emigration and its consequences; the politics of sexuality and gender; ecology, suburbanisation and the ghost estate; the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Eoghan Smith
Assessment: 40% Continuous Assessment; 60% Exam

Drama and Performance 1

This module aims to introduce the principles and practice of drama and performance. Starting with basic technical exercises, it will increase the learners' confidence and skill base in dramatic performance while at the same time giving an understanding of the historical and theoretical underpinnings of drama as a performance art.

Module Co-ordinator: Gerry Morgan
Assessment: 100% CA

History

Re-Imagining Ireland, 1850-2000

This module will guide learners through the key developments in the history of Ireland from the mid-nineteenth century through to the end of the twentieth century. It will locate the Irish experience within wider European and global experiences and allow the learners to reflect on the meaning and significance of economic, social, cultural, political and religious life on the island from 1850 to 2000.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Richard Mcmahon
Assessment: 40% Continuous Assessment; 60% Exam

Nation States and Global Conflict, 1877-1945

This module covers an era that became dominated by conflicting concepts of national self-determination which sparked war and eventually led to a move in Western Europe towards unity. The module will allow learners to assess the impact of political ideologies and conflicts on society and advance the learners' understanding of the modern history of Europe and the Americas.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Elaine Callinan/Dr Eric Derr
Assessment: 50% Continuous Assessment; 50% Exam

Philosophy

General Ethics 2: The Good Life

This module aims to introduce learners to the principles, concepts and problems of ethical theories based on the pursuit of a well lived human life. In particular, it will examine Aristotelian Virtue Ethics and the more recent Care Ethics theories, and present learners with fundamental frameworks by which to analyse social, moral and political phenomena.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Otten
Assessment: 100% CA

Modern Philosophy 1800 - 1960: From Romanticism to Existentialism

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with an historical overview of the period of European Philosophy from the 1800's to the 1960's. The module centres on the theme of the developing concept of self from German Romantic engagements to early forms of existentialist thinking.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Noel Kavanagh
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Exam

Psychology

Educational Psychology

The aim of this module is to demonstrate the contribution of psychology to educational practice. The objective is to introduce the learner to research on classroom behaviour and management, pupil-teacher relationships, pupil motivation, learner readiness, individual differences and difficulties pupils may experience such as reading and writing disorders.

Module Co-ordinator: Aideen Lawlor
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Exam

Organisational Psychology

The objectives are to introduce the learner to structural elements of organisations, organisational perspectives, communication in organisations, how to deal with organisational stress, and concepts such as leaders and followers, gender, motivation and technology in the workplace.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Candice Condon
Assessment: 40% CA & 60% Exam

Theology

Christian Anthropology: The Human Question

The aim of this module is to explore what it means to be human through the lens of Christian theology. The module will examine the development of the doctrines of creation, grace, original sin, death, and redemption in Christian theology.

Module Co-ordinator: Michael Sherman
Assessment: 40% CA & 60% Exam

Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament

This module gives students knowledge and appreciation of the phenomenon of prophecy, its background and its various manifestations in Israel and in the Ancient Near East. Students will become familiar with the ministries of the individual prophets, their significance and their message.

Module Co-ordinator: Rev Fearghus Ó Fearghail
Assessment: 40% CA & 60% Exam

Year 3 (60 Credits)

Semester 1

English, Creative Arts and Media Studies

Gothic Fiction

This module offers an opportunity to read classics of Gothic literature and its related forms, including horror, and to study contemporary varieties of Gothic found in popular literature and culture, urban fantasy, paranormal romance and dark fantasy.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Eoghan Smith
Assessment: 30% Continuous Assessment; 70% Exam

American Literature: Twentieth Century US Literature

The module aims to chart the development of US literature through seminal novels and poems and the evolution of these forms through periods of literary modernism, post-World War Two writing and postmodernism.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Simon Workman
Assessment: 100% Continuous Assessment

Drama and Performance 2

Not available in 2018-19

The module aims to further introduce the principles and practice of drama and performance. Starting with basic technical exercises, it will increase the learners' confidence and skill base in dramatic performance while at the same time giving an understanding of the historical and theoretical underpinnings of drama as a performance art.

Module Co-ordinator: Gerry Morgan
Assessment: 100% CA

Media and Communications

This module explores the relation between Communication and how meaning is produced and operates in a mediated society. Learners will be introduced to the major theories of mediated communication and examine the implications for democracy of mass media technologies and communications networks in contemporary society.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Orla Ryan
Assessment: 100% CA

History

Ireland: Insurrection to Independence, 1891-1923

This module asks was there an Irish revolution? If so, what kind of revolution was it? What motivated those who sought and conducted insurrections and war? What were the ramifications for nationalists, unionists, society and modern Irish politics? Alongside using secondary sources, learners will draw on newly released online archival material (including witness statements and pension records) and local and national newspapers to analyse the impact of these events on Irish society and politics.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Elaine Callinan
Assessment: 40% CA and 60% Project

World War One: The Fall of Empires

This module aims to give learners an understanding of the course of World War One and the reasons for the downfall of four empires. It seeks to explain the political, military and social circumstances which led to defeat and revolutionary aftermath.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Thomas Mc Grath
Assessment: 100% CA

Migrations in Irish History, 1700-present*

To be offered in 2019-20
* Cyclical with Violence, Law and Order in Modern Irish history at Stages 3 and 4

This module enables learners to understand the historical development and place of migration in the social and cultural life of Ireland from the eighteenth century to the present day.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Richard McMahon
Assessment: 40% CA and 60% Exam

Violence, Law and Order in Modern Irish history*

To be offered in 2018-19
* Cyclical with Migrations in Irish History, 1700-present at Stages 3 and 4

This module will enable learners to understand the historical development and place of violence in the social and cultural life of modern Ireland. They can examine reactions to violent activity and, in particular, the part played by the courts and the law in the control of violence within both elite and popular cultures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Richard McMahon
Assessment: 40% CA and 60% Exam

Philosophy

Political Philosophy and Secular Belief Systems 1: From City State to Contractarianism

This module aims to provide the learner with an overview of the central issues within Political Philosophy and Secular Belief Systems through a critical survey of the major theorists in the western political tradition. The key focus of the module is to trace the development of European political philosophy from its early Greek origins through to the defining period of Social Contract theory.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Otten
Assessment: 100% CA

Existentialism: Philosophy and Literature

The aim of the module is to survey canonical philosophers and texts of twentieth-century existentialism and its major precursors. The module traces Existentialist themes (such as authenticity, freedom, anxiety, death) in later twentieth-century works of philosophy and literature.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Noel Kavanagh/Dr Eoghan Smith
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Exam

Feminist Political Thought 1: Liberalism and Marxism*

To be offered in 2019-20
*Cyclical with Humans and Other Animals 1 at Stages 3 and 4

This module aims to provide the learner with an overview of the central issues within the History of Feminist Political Thought, particularly in relation to Liberal and Marxist feminist political theory. It develops the learner's critical and analytical skill through the reading and analysis of core texts from these two feminist traditions.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Otten
Assessment: 100% CA

Humans and Other Animals 1: Animal Being and the Continental Tradition*

Offered in 2018-19
*Cyclical with Feminist Political Thought 1: Liberalism and Marxism at Stages 3 and 4

Over the past three decades we have seen the emergence of new challenges to the traditional views of the status of the non-human animal. The module will highlight the emergence of this new thinking in this tradition and the question of the animal in our time.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Noel Kavanagh
Assessment: 100% CA

Psychology

Cognitive Psychology: Sensation, Perception and Memory

The overall aims of this module are to introduce the learner to how we attend to and gain information about the world, how that information is stored, and processed by the human brain, and how we solve problems, think, and formulate language.

Module Co-ordinator: Aideen Lawlor
Assessment: 100% CA

Abnormal Psychology

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with an appreciation and understanding of human behaviours that impair a person's ability to function in daily life. An objective is to introduce the learner to personality and intelligence tests, interviews, patient observations and written case studies.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Candice Condon
Assessment: 50% CA & 50% Exam

Community Psychology

This module will give learners an understanding of the psychological approaches utilised in community psychology research, and make them aware of the role of research in informing both theory and practice. Throughout the course, the learner will consider the various types of research methods (experimental, correlational, etc.) and the ethical considerations employed within community psychology.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Candice Condon
Assessment: 100% CA

Theology and Teaching Placement

Ecclesiology: Apostolic Church Today

This module aims to provide a basic knowledge of key concepts in ecclesiology while exploring the links between ecclesiology and the other theological disciplines. The module will introduce the learner to key ecclesiological themes in light of the Second Vatican Council.

Module Co-ordinator: Rev Dr Dermot Ryan
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Exam

Fundamental Moral Theology

The aim of this module is to examine and explore fundamental principles of moral theology. Learners will study topics including: the role of scripture in moral theology, the development of conscience, catholic social teaching, and issues of social justice.

Module Co-ordinator: Michael Sherman
Assessment: 50% CA & 50% Exam

The Synoptic Gospels

In this module, the learner will gain knowledge of the ministry of Jesus, its background and the formation of the Gospel Tradition. Learners will gain an appreciation of the literary composition of the individual gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke and an awareness of the literary styles of the various writers and of the main theories on the relationship between the synoptic gospels.

Module Co-ordinator: Rev Fearghus Ó Fearghail
Assessment: 20% CA & 80% Exam

Catechetics and Teaching Placement 1: Primary (10 ECTS Semester 1 and 2)

This module will equip learners for the rapidly-changing 21st century workplace through a supported and supervised teaching placement. It aims to provide knowledge of Christian Religious Education for the Primary School.

Module Co-ordinator: Mary Dooley
Assessment: 100% CA

Semester 2

English, Creative Arts and Media Studies

Modernism and Modernity: The Achievements of High Modernism

This module aims to see learners to study and appreciate the achievements of major modernist authors such as James Joyce and T.S. Eliot.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Derek Coyle
Assessment: 40% CA & 60% Exam

Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry

This module aims to train learners to recognise and evaluate the characteristics of great or strong poetry through exposure to, and critical meditation upon, fine examples drawn from contemporary national and international practice. In the course learners will create a body of work that demonstrates, through modelling, a sophisticated understanding of the features of the art of poetry in our time.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Derek Coyle
Assessment: 20% CA; 50% Project; 30% Exam

Media Studies: Film 1

This module aims to give learners a comprehensive understanding of the cultural significance of cinema in the 20th century exploring its technological arrival and its industrial significance in the wider context of modernity and modernization.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Orla Ryan
Assessment: 100% CA

History

Ireland, Politics and Society 1923-1980

This module will identify the core issues and debates at the heart of Irish life in this era using a variety of theoretical studies and practical research methods to analyse politics and society in Ireland.

Module Co-ordinator: Elaine Callinan
Assessment: 100% CA

History: Memory and Commemoration*

Offered in 2018-19
*Cyclical with Local History Project at Stages 3 and 4

Enable learners to engage in fruitful discussion about memory and commemoration of the past from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

Module Co-ordinator: Elaine Callinan
Assessment: 50% CA & 50% Project

Local History Project*

To be offered in 2019-20
*Cyclical with History: Memory and Commemoration at Stages 3 and 4

This module sets out to provide learners with a methodological approach to the research and writing of local history. It introduces learners to a wide range of archival and other sources, provides them with the skills to make appropriate use of these sources and familiarises them with research methodologies.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Margaret Murphy
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Project

The Politics of the Great Irish Famine

This module aims to present the history of the Famine with an emphasis on how and why politicians and others in the public sphere reacted as they did. The module seeks to explain how a tragedy of this magnitude occurred.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Thomas Mc Grath
Assessment: 100% CA

The Rise of Fascism

This module examines the rise of fascism in Europe after World War One. It aims to present learners with a grounded knowledge of Mussolini, Hitler and their respective movements. The course aims to offer an interpretation of fascistic movements and to explain why fascism was successful between the wars in Italy, Germany, Spain and other central European countries.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Thomas Mc Grath
Assessment: 50% CA & 50% Exam

Philosophy

Political Philosophy and Secular Belief Systems 2: From enlightenment to Communitarianism

This module traces the development of European political philosophy from the defining period of Social Contract theory and the various communitarian responses to it from Hegel to contemporary autonomous Marxism.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Noel Kavanagh
Assessment: 100% CA

Feminist Political Thought 2: From Radical to Postmodern*

To be offered in 2019-20
*Cyclical with Humans and Other Animals 2 at Stages 3 and 4

This module aims to provide the learner with an overview of the central issues within the History of Feminist Political Thought, particularly in relation to Radical, Socialist and Postmodern feminist political theory.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Otten
Assessment: 100% CA

Humans and Other Animals: Ethical Questions*

Offered in 2018-19
*Cyclical with Feminist Political Thought 2 at Stages 3 and 4

This module aims to provide the learner with an overview of the central concepts, different theories and modes of analysis in the area of animal ethics. It aims to develop the learner's critical and analytic skills through the reading and analysis of core texts from the animal ethics field.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Otten
Assessment: 100% CA

Human Rights: A Philosophical Approach

This module aims to introduce learners to the principles, concepts and problems of Human Rights theory. It develops skills of analysis, critical reflection and the ability to formulate independent arguments through close reading of primary texts and analysis of Human Rights' dilemmas.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Otten
Assessment: 100% CA

Philosophy of Religion

This module will highlight the relationship between philosophy and religion during the period of the Enlightenment. Key figures of both periods will be used to elucidate the tensions and co-operations between these two traditions in this period.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Noel Kavanagh
Assessment: 100% CA

Psychology

Cognitive Psychology: Consciousness, Memory and Language

The overall aims of this module are to further explore the themes in its co-requisite Semester 1 module, Cognitive Psychology: Sensation, Perception and Memory.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Candice Condon
Assessment: 100% CA

Clinical Psychology

The aim of this module is to provide the learner with an appreciation and understanding of human behaviours that impair a person's ability to function in daily life. One objective is to introduce the learner to personality and intelligence tests, interviews, patient observations and written case studies.

Module Co-ordinator: Aideen Lawlor
Assessment: 100% CA

Research Methods in Psychology

This module will give learners an understanding of the psychological approaches utilised in community psychology research, and make them aware of the role of research in informing both theory and practice. Throughout the course, the learner will consider psychological research questions, how to conduct a literature review and the various types of research methods (experimental, correlational, etc.) and the ethical considerations employed within psychology.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Candice Condon
Assessment: 50% CA & 50% Exam

Cyber Psychology

Module Co-ordinator: Aideen Lawlor

Theology and Teaching Placement

Religions, Conflict and Peace*

Offered in 2018-19
*Cyclical with World Religions at Stages 3 and 4

This module aims to enable the learner to grasp the politics involved in the interpretation of religious traditions and their correlation with issues of conflict and peace. It will develop the conceptual and practical skills needed to reinterpret the principles of secularity and religiosity to promote justice, peace and the integrity of the cosmos.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Jude Lal Fernando
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Exam

World Religions*

To be offered in 2019-20
*Cyclical with Religions, Conflict and Peace at Stages 3 and 4

The module aims at developing the learner's interpretative skills and cultivating insights into how to do Christian theology in today's pluralist world. In that, the module will make the learner familiar with the key belief systems, worldviews, truth claims, rituals, scriptures, etc. of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Jude Lal Fernando
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Exam

The God Question: An Understanding of God for Today*

To be offered in 2019-20
*Cyclical with Trinity: A God One and Three at Stages 3 and 4

This module aims to provide a critical knowledge of key concepts/themes in and around the question of God: such as, but not limited to, naming God, the problems of distinctions in God, equality and inequality in God and the implications of our understanding of these questions for the world today.

Module Co-ordinator: Rev Dr Dermot Ryan
Assessment: 40% CA & 60% Exam

Trinity: A God One and Three*

Offered in 2018-19
*Cyclical with The God Question at Stages 3 and 4

This module aims to equip learners to develop an appropriate language and understanding of the Trinity. It aims to emphasise the importance in all theology of maintaining an awareness of the triune nature of God and the resultant impact this has on theology, faith and the Christian existence.

Module Co-ordinator: Rev Dr Dermot Ryan
Assessment: 50% CA & 50% Exam

Year 4 (60 Credits)

Semester 1

Common Module

Seminar and Dissertation

This module aims to enable the learner to develop conceptual and academic depth in research knowledge in chosen subject areas; and become competent in planning and undertaking research and in making recommendations for applying findings.

Module Co-ordinator: Elaine Callinan
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Dissertation

English, Creative Arts and Media Studies

Postmodern Literature

The module aims to chart the formal features and recurrent themes of key postmodern texts, while also outlining the varieties of postmodern writing, including: early and late postmodern fiction, postmodern feminist fiction, postmodern (metaphysical) detective fiction, and postmodern metahistorical fiction.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Simon Workman
Assessment: 100% CA

Creative Writing: Fiction

The module aims to introduce learners to different writing disciplines and styles and encourage them to experiment with them. It will also require them to develop their skills as critics through the close reading of other writers work and their own and fellow learners writing and texts.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Simon Workman
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Portfolio

Creating Drama: From Theory to Practice 1

This module aims to introduce the principles and practice of creating for the theatre (mise-en-scène, writing or devising). Beginning with an overview of the history of the role of the director in theatre, it introduces the learner to innovators in twentieth and twenty-first century theatre from Artaud to Romeo Castelluci.

Module Co-ordinator: Gerry Morgan
Assessment: 100% CA

Media Studies: Film 2

This module aims to give learners an informed understanding of theories within media studies and to situate the approaches to the study of film within the wider audio visual landscape.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Orla Ryan
Assessment: 100% CA

History

'The Troubles', from Conflict to Conciliation (1968-1998)

The course examines differing political viewpoints such as those of Unionists, Nationalists, Republican, Marxists, and several others. Key events during this period will be studied such as the rise of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA), Bloody Sunday, and Anglo-Irish peace processes and agreements. It examines the conflicting political and paramilitary ideologies and activities, and the evolution towards peace which culminated in the 1998 Good Friday agreement.

Module Co-ordinator: Elaine Callinan
Assessment: 100% CA

Europe and the United States in the Post-War World, 1945-2000

The module examines Europe and the United States in the immediate aftermath of World War II and studies the conflicts of the Cold War from many perspectives. It analyses the emergence of European integration and concludes by considering the fall of communism and its consequences. The relationship between space, race and class across both continents will also be studied.

Module Co-ordinator: Elaine Callinan/Dr Eric Derr
Assessment: 100% CA

History of Antisemitism before 1933

The Module examines the fate of an immigrant community in Europe within a monolithic society and indicates how a majority can be led to target a minority. It seeks to explain why a very small minority population within Europe was the object of hostility by the majority population over more than two millennia. It endeavours to understand the combination of circumstances which led to continuous long term hostility towards the Jews.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Thomas Mc Grath
Assessment: 100% CA

Migrations in Irish History, 1700-present*

To be offered in 2019-20
* Cyclical with Violence, Law and Order in Modern Irish history at Stages 3 and 4

This module enables learners to understand the historical development and place of migration in the social and cultural life of Ireland from the eighteenth century to the present day.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Richard McMahon
Assessment: 40% CA & 60% Exam

Violence, Law and Order in Modern Irish history*

Offered in 2018-19
*Cyclical with Migrations in Irish History, 1700-present at Stages 3 and 4

This module will enable learners to understand the historical development and place of violence in the social and cultural life of modern Ireland. They can examine reactions to violent activity and, in particular, the part played by the courts and the law in the control of violence within both elite and popular cultures.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Richard McMahon
Assessment: 40% CA & 60% Exam

Philosophy

Critical Theory 1: the Frankfurt School

This module aims to introduce learners to the history, principles, and concepts of Critical theory as developed by the Frankfurt School. It develops skills of analysis, critical reflection and the ability to formulate independent arguments through close reading of primary texts from the members of the Frankfurt School.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Otten
Assessment: 100% CA

Feminist Political Thought 1: Liberalism and Marxism*

To be offered in 2019-20
*Cyclical with Humans and Other Animals 1 at Stages 3 and 4

This module aims to provide the learner with an overview of the central issues within the History of Feminist Political Thought, particularly in relation to Liberal and Marxist feminist political theory. It develops the learner's critical and analytical skill through the reading and analysis of core texts from these two feminist traditions.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Otten
Assessment: 100% CA

Humans and Other Animals 1: Animal Being and the Continental Tradition*

Offered in 2018-19
*Cyclical with Feminist Political Thought 1: Liberalism and Marxism at Stages 3 and 4

Over the past three decades we have seen the emergence of new challenges to the traditional views of the status of the non-human animal. The module will highlight the emergence of this new thinking in this tradition and the question of the animal in our time.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Noel Kavanagh
Assessment: 100% CA

Philosophy and Psychoanalytic Theory 1: Psychoanalytic Theory

Since the articulation of the psychoanalytic reading of the human condition, this thinking has had a broad application in the critical thinking of other disciplines, such as Philosophy. This module is intended to equip the learner with an understanding of the development of psychoanalytic thought.

Module Co-ordinator: Gerry Morgan
Assessment: 100% CA

Philosophy, Law and Punishment

This module aims to develop learners' capacity to apply theories, and analyse social and political institutions and phenomena in a rigorous fashion. In particular, it will present learners with the main controversies in the question of the proper relation of law to morality.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Otten
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Exam

Psychology

Forensic Psychology

The aim of this module is to give learners the opportunity to learn the applications of psychology to the legal system along with issues and problems that can arise. The objectives are to incorporate lectures, debates, case studies, experiments and discussion on the subject of legal processes, criminology, crime, offenders, and how punishment can fail and achieve change.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Candice Condon
Assessment: 100% CA

Health Psychology

The objective of health psychology is to explain the psychological issues affecting the different aspects of the self (i.e., physical, achieving, social, and private self) associated with illness. Throughout the course, the learner will consider the relationship of individual difference variables, social factors, emotional factors, cognitive factors, perceived symptoms, and factors related to access to medical care to health behaviours.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Candice Condon
Assessment: 100% CA

Advanced Social Psychology

Module Co-ordinator: Aideen Lawlor

Personality Psychology

Personality psychology is a very broad area of psychological study involving the observation of the concept of personality and how it differs among people. This area of psychology looks at the overall psychological makeup of people, the psychological differences among individuals and the similarities found within human nature.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Candice Condon
Assessment: 100% CA

Theology and Teaching Placement

Applied Christian Ethics

The aim of this module is to examine and explore key topics in applied Christian ethics. It will present learners with moral theories and case studies in order to develop further their skills of analysis and interpretation

Module Co-ordinator: Michael Sherman
Assessment: 40% CA & 60% Exam

Sacramental Theology: Towards a more effective Celebration

This module will trace the emergence of the sacraments as expressions of the faith community and explore our understanding of how they function. Key elements will be identified which would help in the more effective celebration of the sacraments today.

Module Co-ordinator: Rev Dr Dermot Ryan
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Exam

Catechetics and Teaching Placement 2: Post-Primary (10 ECTS Semester 1 and 2)

This module aims to build on the knowledge and experience of the pre-requisite module of Teaching Placement Primary 1. It provides the opportunity for learners to develop their ability to plan for different class levels and to develop their ability to manage a post primary class while recognising that this is the learner's second teaching placement.

Module Co-ordinator: Mary Dooley
Assessment: 100% CA

Semester 2

English, Creative Arts and Media Studies

Modern Drama in Performance

The objective of this module is to help learners develop a critically-informed and imaginative approach to the study of a number of key works of modern drama, as well as an in-depth understanding of some of the important features and characteristics of modern dramatic performance.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr James Heaney
Assessment: 100% CA

Postcolonial Writing

This module allows learners to read key texts from Africa, the Caribbean and South-east Asia. Learners are encouraged to think about questions of identity, race and culture, the construction of gender in a colonial context, and the relationship between literature/cultural production and empire.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Eoghan Smith
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Exam

Creating Drama: From Theory to Practice 2

This module furthers the themes explored in Creating Drama: From Theory to Practice 1.

Module Co-ordinator: Gerry Morgan
Assessment: 100% CA

History

Irish Elections and Propaganda, 1918-1937

This module will examine the key elections during the first few decades of independence to provide an in-depth understanding on how political parties were formed, how voting systems were created, how political parties and candidates propagandized their aims and objects, how the media influenced society and how voting patterns emerged. Contemporary writings, political speeches, propaganda campaigns and the media will be researched, along with an exploration of the historiography to analyse and interpret current understandings.

Module Co-ordinator: Elaine Callinan
Assessment: 100% CA

Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

The course aims to examine the 'world-view' of the Nazis and to provide the learner with an in-depth introduction to the key historical, social, political and military events which resulted in the physical elimination of six million European Jews during World War Two. It will also consider the fate of other disapproved of minorities such as Roma and homosexuals in the Holocaust.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Thomas Mc Grath
Assessment: 50% CA & 50% Exam

History: Memory and Commemoration*

Offered in 2018-19
*Cyclical with Local History Project at Stages 3 and 4

Enable learners to engage in fruitful discussion about memory and commemoration of the past from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

Module Co-ordinator: Elaine Callinan
Assessment: 50% CA & 50% Project

Local History Project*

To be offered in 2019-20
*Cyclical with History: Memory and Commemoration at Stages 3 and 4

This module sets out to provide learners with a methodological approach to the research and writing of local history. It introduces learners to a wide range of archival and other sources, provides them with the skills to make appropriate use of these sources and familiarises them with research methodologies.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Margaret Murphy
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Project

Philosophy

Critical Theory: Language and Self: from Structuralism to Post- Structuralism and Deconstruction

This module aims to introduce learners to the key thinkers, concepts and ideas associated with French critical and cultural theory in the second semester. It will examine the role of language theory in relation to the increased decentring of the enlightenment humanist notion of the sovereign self, leading to post-structuralist and postmodern questionings of those assumptions of self and knowledge.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Noel Kavanagh
Assessment: 100% CA

Feminist Political Thought 2: From Radical to Postmodern*

To be offered in 2019-20
*Cyclical with Humans and Other Animals 2 at Stages 3 and 4

This module aims to provide the learner with an overview of the central issues within the History of Feminist Political Thought, particularly in relation to Radical, Socialist and Postmodern feminist political theory.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Otten
Assessment: 100% CA

Humans and Other Animals: Ethical Questions*

Offered in 2018-19
*Cyclical with Feminist Political Thought 2 at Stages 3 and 4

This module aims to provide the learner with an overview of the central concepts, different theories and modes of analysis in the area of animal ethics. It aims to develop the learner's critical and analytical skills through the reading and analysis of core texts from the animal ethics field.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Otten
Assessment: 100% CA

Philosophy and Psychoanalytic Theory II: Existential, Phenomenological and Daseinsanalytical Explorations

This module aims to examine the major themes at work within Psychoanalytic thought and to explore those specific philosophical engagements with these central issues through the examination of key texts.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Noel Kavanagh
Assessment: 100% CA

Psychology

Applied Criminal Psychology

The aim of this module is to give learners the opportunity to learn the applications of psychology associated with the legal system along with issues and problems that can arise when psychology is applied. The objectives are to incorporate lectures, debates, case studies, experiments and discussion to the learner on the subject of legal processes, criminology, crime, offenders, and how punishment can fail and achieve change.

Module Co-ordinator: Aideen Lawlor
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Exam

Counselling Psychology

This module aims to introduce the learner to diverse counselling theories and to the practices derived from them in a variety of settings. The course integrates three dimensions of counselling psychology: Personality theory and theories of counselling, Lifespan development and theories of counselling, Counselling skills and practice, including ethical and professional issues.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Candice Condon
Assessment: 100% CA

Theology and Teaching Placement

Religions, Conflict and Peace*

Offered in 2018-19
*Cyclical with World Religions at Stages 3 and 4

The module aims to enable the learner to grasp the politics involved in the interpretation of religious traditions and their correlation with issues of conflict and peace. It will develop the conceptual and practical skills needed to reinterpret the principles of secularity and religiosity to promote justice, peace and the integrity of the cosmos.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Jude Lal Fernando
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Exam

World Religions*

To be offered in 2019-20
*Cyclical with Religions, Conflict and Peace at Stages 3 and 4

The module aims at developing the learner's interpretative skills and cultivating insights into how to do Christian theology in today's pluralist world. In that, the module will make the learner familiar with the key belief systems, worldviews, truth claims, rituals, scriptures, etc. of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Jude Lal Fernando
Assessment: 30% CA & 70% Exam

The God Question: An Understanding of God for Today*

To be offered in 2019-20
*Cyclical with Trinity: A God One and Three at Stages 3 and 4

This module aims to provide a critical knowledge of key concepts/themes in and around the question of God: such as, but not limited to, naming God, the problems of distinctions in God, equality and inequality in God and the implications of our understanding of these questions for the world today.

Module Co-ordinator: Rev Dr Dermot Ryan
Assessment: 40% CA & 60% Exam

Trinity: A God One and Three*

Offered in 2018-19
*Cyclical with The God Question at Stages 3 and 4

This module aims to equip learners to develop an appropriate language and understanding of the Trinity. It aims to emphasise the importance in all theology of maintaining an awareness of the triune nature of God and the resultant impact this has on theology, faith and the Christian existence.

Module Co-ordinator: Rev Dr Dermot Ryan
Assessment: 50% CA & 50% Exam

Johannine Writings

Learners taking this module will specialise in knowledge of the social and religious background of the Johannine corpus of writing.

Module Co-ordinator: Rev Fearghus Ó Fearghail
Assessment: 40% CA & 60% Exam

Opportunities

Graduates of the programme have gone on to find employment in a wide range of areas such as:

  • Primary and post-primary teaching
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Design
  • Media and PR
  • Human resources
  • Management
  • Creative arts
  • The civil service
  • Politics
  • Administration
  • Travel and tourism
  • Librarianship
  • Archiving
  • Information Technology
  • Pastoral care
  • Banking

*The BA (Hons) in Arts and Humanities meets Teaching Council requirements for English, History and Religious Education. A significant proportion of graduate of the programme continue to teacher-training at primary and post-primary level, and English, History and Religious Education are key subjects on the primary and post-primary curriculum. Students on the programme who fulfil the necessary requirements can take teaching practice modules with placements at primary level and religious education at post-primary.

Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Arts and Humanities can progress to postgraduate study in the fields of English, Creative Arts, Media, Journalism, History, Philosophy, Psychology and Theology.

Stories - Graduate Profiles

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Eva Burke

PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant

Why Humanities?

I was interested in the mix of subjects, and I liked the idea of being able to study English while taking modules in psychology and creative writing.

 

Why did you choose Carlow College?

I was attracted to Carlow College as a close-knit college community with relatively small class numbers.

 

How would you describe your time at Carlow College?

My experience at Carlow College was wonderful. It’s such a friendly and supportive environment, and the staff (from teaching staff to librarians, admin and catering) are great. One of the significant benefits of attending a smaller third level institution is that you never feel anonymous or alone – everybody knows your name, including the lecturers, and it makes the college experience far less daunting than it might be at a bigger institution.

 

What did you enjoy most about the programme?

I enjoyed the close-knit learning environment and the diversity of subjects.

 

What did you find challenging about your programme?

I found that the work load was intense in the final year, with the thesis work in addition to essays and exams.

 

Have you worked on any exciting projects since you began working?

I have had several articles published in academic journals, and in 2018 had a book chapter published. I have also had the opportunity to take part in various conferences, both at home and abroad, and have been invited to talk about my research at public events and podcasts!

 

Why should people pursue a degree in Humanities?

A degree in humanities gives students who aren’t sure about their post-college plans great scope to make those choices when they’re ready – several of my classmates have gone on to teach at primary and second, while others are historians or pursuing postgraduate qualifications in religious studies or psychology. It provides a great breadth of learning.

 

What was the highlight of your time at Carlow College?

The highlight of my time at Carlow College was the opportunity to present my final year thesis project, as it was my first experience of sharing my research in a public space.

 

What advice would you offer to people considering to study at Carlow College?

I would advise them to consider the benefits of a 3rd level institute which offers a wide range of subject choices and a learning environment which is wonderfully supportive.

 

What did you do when you graduated?

I went straight into an MPhil programme at Trinity College Dublin, and from there to the PhD programme which I am currently enrolled in.

 

How did your experience at Carlow College help you find your first position after graduation?

I was advised to apply to my MPhil programme by the career services advisor, and my application was supported by references from Dr. Eoghan Smith and Dr. Simon Workman, who were both tremendously helpful.

 

What would a typical day look like for you?

A typical day in term time would include some library time and an hour or two of writing, plus 3-4 hours of tutorial teaching and essay marking. It might also include taking part in conferences and symposiums, and meeting with my supervisor.

What are you doing now?

 I have just finished the 2nd year of my PhD at Trinity College Dublin. I work as a TA in the English department during term time, which provides me with great experience, as I create a tutorial syllabus and work with groups of undergraduate students. I am also the recipient of an Irish Research Council postgraduate scholarship.

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Claire Mullins

Regional Development and Project Officer, Age Action Ireland

Why Arts & Humanities?

I’ve always enjoyed variety when it comes to life and academic studies, and belonging to a close-knit community. The B.A. Honours in Humanities was very attractive to me as an undergraduate, it allowed me to explore a variety of studies such as Theology, Psychology and Philosophy, to broaden my knowledge of more than one subject, while allowing me to do so in a warm, welcoming and personal environment.

 

Why did you choose Carlow College over other institutions?

Carlow College is unlike any other college, they offer excellent courses, outstanding lecturers and it really gives the student a warm, friendly and close-knit environment to grow in. Having attended other larger universities over the years I found them lacking the personal touch. Everyone in Carlow College is treated like an individual and not just a number. I think back very fondly about my time spent there. I chose this college because I knew I would receive excellent and personal support from the academic team right through to my fellow students and all of the staff there.

 

What did you enjoy most about the programme?

I absolutely loved the variety of interesting and exciting classes on offer each year. We were some of the first students in Ireland to undertake a Philosophy course in Humans and Other Animals, I’m really proud of that and the fact that the courses really broadened my way of thinking about life. I studied English, Psychology, Drama and Performance, Social Studies and theology, It’s very hard to get such variety anywhere else. I also loved how approachable the lecturers are and how they really go above and beyond to make things fun and interesting for every student.

 

What did you find challenging about your programme?

Writing Essays was probably the thing I found most challenging. I think many students come from the Leaving Certificate where everything is there in front of you and all you have to do is learn it off. Carlow College wants you to think about things, use your thoughts and opinions and express yourself, this is something I really had no experience in until I started there. I got the hang of expressing myself and learning to write academically after a couple of months and it really has stood to me over the years in many of the jobs that I have undertaken. Plus, the college offered an excellent free service called “Essay Doctor”, where you can get help and advice about writing your essays and writing academically, which was really helpful.

 

Why should people pursue a degree in Humanities?

This is a question I get asked a lot. It’s a question I’ve really thought about. What pursuing a degree in Humanities does for you in my opinion, is it teaches you how to effectively think on your feet; express your opinions clearly and concisely, whether spoken or written; it teaches you to take large quantities of information and be able to process it quickly and effectively; it teaches you to think about ideas and theories and opens your eyes to living a better life and helping and encouraging others to do so. It also allows you to work in any industry. I have worked very successfully in the service industry, the security industry, in private and public sectors as well as the Non-Governmental Organization sectors over the years. I am able to apply myself to anything, work in fast-paced environments and make quick and effective decisions. In my experience employers nowadays are looking for candidates like this who show an ability to be able to work diversely. Personally, it has allowed me to experience many industries, seek out new and exciting career challenges and to be an asset to any industry I work in.

 

How would you describe your time at Carlow College? What are the benefits of attending a smaller third level institution?

Carlow College is really one of a kind. I found my courage, strength and personal self-belief here not to mention it has given me knowledge and life skills that have been very lucrative and attractive to my former and current employers. The courses are challenging, interesting and enjoyable. The lecturers are quirky, funny, and full of knowledge, always bringing something new and exciting to the table, and always offering an open door to you when you need the extra support. For those who enjoy the benefits of a strong student life with plenty of activities, nightlife and a student union who has always done their best to cater to students, in a warm and welcoming town, this is the place to be. Attending a smaller college means you are the focus, you get the attention you need to be the best version of yourself after 4 years, primed for the world of work, you meet amazing friends and you have support and encouragement in a friendly environment in a friendly town.

 

What was the highlight of your time at Carlow College?

There are too many highlights for me; life-long friends that I made, the academic and professional relationships that I have carried with me throughout my career, the way in which the lecturers and courses broadened my mind and understanding of myself and the world around me, the nights out with college friends, the days when we would all meet in the canteen to chat and laugh together and support each other through tough times too.  Knowing that after 4 years you never really leave, you’ve always got a place to return to where someone will remember you and your story. You don’t really get better than that.

 

What advice would you offer to people considering to study at Carlow College?

It’s not about the size of the college that matters, it’s not about what anyone else is doing or where they’re going with their lives, it’s about having an invaluable support system, with interesting, exciting and challenging courses that are going to transition you into an excellent commodity for the employer and career of your dreams; that’s what Carlow College has to offer you.

 

What did you do when you graduated?

I went to work in the security industry and was quite successful, I continued my studies in Trinity College in International Peace studies, from there I have worked in both private and public organizations, the community sector and currently as a Regional Development and Project Officer for Age Action Ireland. This coming September I will continue my studies in Psychotherapy and Counselling with the view of opening my own private practise in the near future. Life is a journey and I’m thoroughly enjoying the variety.

 

How did your experience at Carlow College help you find your first position after graduation?

The first job I entered after leaving Carlow College was in the Security Industry. It involved being able to keep detailed and coherent reports, knowledge of human behaviour, express yourself confidently in challenging situations, intake information quickly and think on your feet, my experience at Carlow College definitely helped me be all of those things.

 

What are you doing now?

I am currently working as a Regional Development and Project Officer for Age Action Ireland for the Getting Started Computer Literacy Programme. I work across 8 different counties with schools, corporates, community organizations, volunteers, students and learners to fight against digital exclusion among older people. I am involved in training, development and recruitment. It’s a very challenging and exciting role with an excellent cause.

 

What would a typical day look like for you?

When I’m not working from home, I am out and about around 8 different counties meeting people, training people, developing lines of funding or sourcing venues, planning and supervising classes and advertising the programme to various individuals and groups.

Have you worked on any exciting projects since you began working?

In my role with Carlow Older Persons Forum, Carlow Integration Forum and Carlow County Development Partnership as a project assistant, I got to work on lots of amazing projects such as the Celebration of Diversity that brings together all nationalities in the community, I’ve gotten to work on Carlow’s Age Friendly Strategy and sit on the Age Friendly Alliance which aims to make Ireland and Carlow more accessible and inclusive for all older people. I’ve also got to work on some excellent security events and train in Frontline Anti-Terrorism tactics and online systems over the years. Variety is what I love.

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