Learning Opportunities DCU 2020/21

Semester 1 2020/21


Modules (Audit Programme €100.00) & Credit Bearing Programme (€500.00).

A student card, and DCU email issues with these modules.

If you wish to sit in on a module without completing  exams or assignments it is €100.00 per module

If you wish to take the module for credit and complete the assignments, it is €500 per module

Registration for Modules  Semester 1 WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN LATE SEPTEMBER

To register for audit/credit Modules:


If you have any queries please contact

Christine O'Kelly (christine.okelly@dcu.ie) Tel 01 700 8933 
Grainne Reddy (grainne.reddy@dcu.ie)


Love of Lifelong Learning Modules 

These modules are run over 8 weeks and start in mid-October.

There is no student card or DCU email issued with these modules.

Registrations are open for the following Modules at the end of the page:

Beginning Lifewriting €60

We all have a story to tell, a story of growing up in different times, a story of family lore, a
story of becoming who we are today. These stories are often valued by the generations
after us, and once written, become invaluable social and family history.

This module will enable students to reflect on writing about life events and memories, to create timelines and start writing autobiographical stories,

which will be shared with other students, and receive feedback.

Topics covered include:
Time and life stories: Use of timelines in structuring stories;
Place and life stories: Mapping your life, the importance of place in memory;
The cast of characters: The others in your story, ethical issues in life writing

Please ensure you get a parking permit for parking in All Hallows from the main reception as clamping is in operation.

Genealogy €60

This eight-week course, through lectures and hands-on computer sessions, enables participants to trace their family origins to, at least, the mid the 1800s and most likely to the early 1800s.

The course uses free online resources and publicly available sources in libraries, archives and record offices. The course covers the following topics:Civil Records; Church Records; Census Records; Griffith’s Valuations;Tithe Applotment and Tithe defaulters records; Cemetery Records;Newspaper Archives;

Street Directories; Electoral Registers; Wills; Court and Prison records; Military service; Migration issues; UK and US records;Use of subscription websites.

Apart from the developing research skills in family history research,participants also improve their computing proficiency, through exercises such as: Downloading and using family history software for record-keeping Making full use of DCU’s Virtual Learning Environment, Loop , to access course-related material – lecture notes and other ancillary documents;relevant websites and class announcements – and to participate in class discussions; Developing the skills required to retrieve relevant family-related information using the search engines and information filtering systems on the web sites used in the course.

A basic understanding of how to use computers is essential for this course.

Please ensure you get a parking permit for parking in All Hallows from the main reception as clamping is in operation.


An Introduction to 20th Century Irish Writing (€60) TO BE CONFIRMED

This course will introduce participants to Irish writing in the 20th century. Members of the School of English, DCU will aim to familiarise participants with the genres of the fiction, poetry, and drama tracking how Irish literature responded to historical and cultural developments in Ireland during this century of transformation. Formal and aesthetic concerns will be considered as well as thematic interpretations of individual texts. Close reading and discussion will be encouraged.

1. Synge, Playboy of the Western World 
2. Somerville and Ross, Irish RM Stories
3. George Bernard Shaw, John Bull's Other Island
4. Elizabeth Bowen, The Last September 
5. Flann O’Brien, The Third Policeman 
Reading Week (No Classes)
6. Mid-century Irish poetry: a selection 
7. Thomas Flanagan: The Year of the French 
8. Conor McPherson, The Weir

Hand-outs and selections of poetry will be made available in each class.

Please ensure that you get a parking permit for parking in All Hallows from the main reception as clamping is in operation


AFU Choir (€60 Semester 1/€80 Semester 2)

Meet every Thursday 2 - 3pm in the Interfaith Centre. REGISTER HERE

3LA (Lifelong Learning Assocation) €10 lifetime subscription

Please send and email or call the office to request the registration form for these modules