Psychology in Ireland
About the Program
Come study psychology abroad on the Emerald Isle! The Psychology in Ireland summer program will explore personality, abnormal psychology and perception in a European cultural context by immersing students in the beliefs, values, art, sports and lifestyles of Ireland and Western Europe. Students will live and study in Dublin, the capital city of Ireland and home to some of history’s great authors, artists, musicians and thinkers. Dublin and its surrounds also host stunning architecture, including Dublin Castle, the Cathedral of St. Patrick and the Grafton Street neighborhood, host to world-renowned shopping, street-performers and buskers. No trip to Dublin would be complete without an excursion to Guinness Storehouse, the largest brewery in the world, or to a soccer game in Ireland’s Premier Division. Excursions outside the bustling city will allow students to explore the beautiful Irish countryside and quaint, picturesque villages. Students’ immersion in everyday life in Dublin provides a unique opportunity to study human cognition and behavior in a European context and to contrast these areas of psychology with their experiences at home.
Psychology in Florence, Summer 2016 Participant:
"Studying abroad enabled me to become more open minded and molded me into a more critical thinker. I learned how to interact with a variety of people and now understand more about a culture that is different from my own. In addition, I was able to escape my comfort zone and flourish in a new place."
All students enroll in UDI 310 (1 credit hour) and select two or three classes for a total of 7 or 10 credit hours. Students are required to participate in UDI 220 (1 credit hour) during the spring 2012 semester, with two follow up sessions in the fall 2012 semester.
PSY 323: Perception (3 credits)
Perception refers to taking in information about the environment for the purposes of thinking about- and acting in the world. This course provides an introduction to major theoretical and experimental work in sensation and perception, including visual, auditory, proprioceptive, and other sensory systems. By the end of the course, students will understand how perception is governed by physiological processes and affected by expectation, knowledge, and other higher-level cognitive factors. Through readings, lectures and hands-on experiences students will learn about theories of sensation and perception. In particular, students will be able to connect their classroom learning with their experiences in and around Dublin to illustrate perceptual processes and the limitations of perceptual systems.
PSY 361: Personality (3 credits)
Personality provides an introduction to the study of personality, a field that is interested in how people think, feel, and behave. We will look at how one’s personality develops, as well as the stability/instability of personality characteristics over time. Material that is covered in this course will include ideas regarding personality (theories) as well as the scientific study of personality (empirical research). Taking advantage of the fact that this course is being taught while students are studying abroad, special attention will be paid to the relationship between culture and personality and how the expression of personality can be influenced by the culture within which one grows up, or finds oneself.
PSY 363: Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
Abnormal Psychology provides an introduction to the study of mental illness (i.e., psychopathology) and maladaptive behavior. We will examine theoretical models, etiology, assessment, treatment approaches, and characteristics of disorders as they are currently understood. We will study the influence of context, especially as it relates to culture, on the ways in which abnormality is defined, perceived, and treated. By the end of the course, it is expected that students will achieve an integrative, biopsychosocial perspective on the field of abnormal psychology, will become familiar with current knowledge regarding the prevalence and causes of psychological disorders, and will become familiar with methods used to study and assess psychopathology. Course material will be presented through lectures, readings, discussions, and activities that relate to our experiences in the city of Dublin, Ireland.
UDI 310: MAXIE: Experience (1 credit; required)
This courses aims to utilize the city as the classroom where students can make sense of their experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent journaling. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD. Graded minicourse required of all student participants.
Dr. Benjamin R. Kunz, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology (Site Coordinator)
Dr. Lee Dixon, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Dr. Jackson Goodnight, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Students must be 18 years of age and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the CIP Summer Study Abroad Program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.
For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience. All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings).
The schedule for your UDI 220 class is as follows:
St. Joe's 221
Section Number: UDI 220 – M6
Classes begin the week of March 6, 2017 and last until the end of the semester.
Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2017, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.
Cost and Refund Policy
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Psychology in Florence, Summer 2016 Participant:
Studying abroad helps expand individual horizons by introducing students to new cultures and pushing them out of their comfort zones. Students learn to work in areas unfamiliar to their traditional cultures, work with other people who have different beliefs than themselves, and are challenged to accept cultural beliefs as their own during their time abroad.