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  • Locations: Ballintoy, Ireland; Belfast, Ireland; Doolin, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland; Inis Mor, Ireland; Kilkenny, Ireland; Killarney, Ireland; Sligo, Ireland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Cost:: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Dates:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Ireland 201920

The Mystic Landscapes of the Emerald Island is a program designed to explore the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland from a physical, cultural and environmental geography perspective. This is a three week program that starts and finishes in Dublin along with an opportunity to circumnavigate the entire island while exploring these themes. As this program is now in its fifth rotation there have been many relationships created with locals to create an amazing program for the students to explore and investigate the area. This program travels by bus with an experienced driver that the program uses regularly.
Ireland Angus Fort

Amy Nemon -
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Students can earn 3 or 6 hours in:
GEOG/GEOL 103 (3 credits): 
Our Dynamic Planet*
GEOG 452 (3 credits):  Geoscience Field Experience**
GEOG 452 (6 credits):  Geoscience Field Experience**
*Fulfills Colonnade: Explorations - Natural and Physical Sciences.
**Fulfill Colonnade: Connections - Local to Global

1) Demonstrate critical thinking skills related to the five main themes of geography, (location, place, human environment interaction, movement and region), at local, regional, and global scales applied to Ireland.
2) Evaluate local systems, particularly the cultural and/or physical landscape, to understand their position and influence in the global context.
3) Describe how geographic analysis and principles allow for a deeper understanding of the evolution of a place in an effort to better understand and predict future changes to the cultural and or physical landscapes of a location.
4) Describe and analyze the relationship between the five themes of geography, (location, physical place and cultural place, human environment interaction, movement and region), to evaluate how local practices can affect these themes on global and local scales.
5) Investigate how locations fit together, with surrounding locations, in an established mosaic understanding how they contribute and connect with the others.
6) Observe the local ideology and or physical landscape of a place to draw comparisons of these observations to the learner’s sense of place.
7) Describe the impact of globalization, particularly the movement of people, goods, and ideas, on the cultural and/or physical landscape. 
8) Globalization:  Students will understand how people’s ideas and systems move or are communicated at the local, regional and global scale.
9) Understand how people make decision in their local environment and how those decision impact their connection to the larger global system. 
10) Compare Ireland’s physical landscape formation and change within its position in the global physical landscapes.

Program leaders may determine stricter eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants earning credit in a program would meet these requirements:
  • Current WKU student eligible to enroll in WKU courses OR students from outside WKU may participate as non-degree seeking student,
  • Good academic standing as defined in the Undergraduate Catalog or Graduate Catalog,
  • A minimum of 16 years of age at time of departure (parental/legal guardian expressed, written consent required for those under 18 at time of departure) Refer to program green sheet for program specific details,
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by the WKU Office of Student Conduct
    • Students who become ineligible to attend the program after applying due to disciplinary sanctions will be subject to standard program cost penalty rates. Students are responsible for notifying the Office of Study Away when they become aware of this ineligibility. For eligibility questions pertaining to disciplinary sanctions, students should contact the WKU Office of Student Conduct.
  • Students must complete Study Abroad & Global Learning application process prior to being registered in this course. All students studying abroad are required to pay $150 application fee.
  • Students must select program on TopNet and pay $250 deposit to finalize admittance process,
  • Student must possess passport book valid for a least six (6) months after return date. 
  • Students must complete pre-departure orientations,
  • Full payment prior to departure, and
  • Permission of instructor(s) is required. 
If a student completes a program without full payment prior to the departure, the student should receive an incomplete until the obligation is paid. Office of Study Away will inform faculty leaders if a student is in this situation prior to the Study Away term grade deadline.
Ireland Landscape

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This program is currently not accepting applications.