August 02 2016
Term III at Elmira College provides the opportunity for students to explore subjects and concepts through travel and experiential learning. One Term III class, “The Natural and Social History of Ireland,” took Dr. Christine Bezotte, Associate Professor of Biology, Yvette Peacock, Adjunct Faculty Professor, and 24 students on a three-week tour to study the coastal towns and areas of Ireland.
While in Ireland, the students visited 13 different towns and cities, as well as multiple geological sites. The students interacted with local citizens in both Southern and Northern Ireland.
At many of the sites the students discussed various historical events that shaped modern Ireland. Some of the major issues explored were the Irish political and socio-economic systems, the relationship between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the changes that have and continue to shape the Irish culture.
The group also experienced amazing castles, museums, and geological formations throughout Ireland. Some of the favorite destinations were the Bunratty Castle, Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge, Giants Causeway, and the new Titanic museum. Additionally, the group enjoyed watching traditional Irish sheep herding and some free time for shopping, biking, and sampling the local cuisine.
At the conclusion of the trip, students reported back on a particular aspect of what was observed in Ireland. The reports ranged in topics from Irish history, dance, jail system, fashion, and the sheep industry.