Learning Opportunities DCU 2021

Semester 2 2021

Due to COVID 19 all modules will be online. All Modules can be paid for here

Registration Open 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


Please download the Registration Letter 

If you have any queries please contact:

Ms. Grainne Reddy (grainne.reddy@dcu.ie)

Love of Lifelong Learning Modules  Now Open to Register

These modules are 6-8 weeks and start in February- all modules will be delivered via Zoom.

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

Social  Psychology €60 Starting Monday Feb 1

5.00pm - 6.30pm

What is Social Psychology?

Social psychology uses scientific methods "to understand and explain how the thoughts, feelings, and behavior of individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied the presence of other human beings."  Essentially, social psychology is about understanding how each person's individual behavior is influenced by the social environment in which that behavior takes place.

You probably already realize that other people can have a dramatic influence on the way you act and the choices you make. Consider how you might behave in a situation if you were all alone versus if there were other people in the room.

The decisions you make and the behaviors you exhibit might depend on not only how many people are present but exactly who you are around. For example, you are likely to behave much differently when you are around a group of close friends than you would around a group of colleagues or supervisors from work.

Social psychology encompasses a wide range of social topics, including:

  • Group behavior
  • Social perception
  • Leadership
  • Non-verbal behaviour
  • Conformity
  • Aggression
  • Prejudice

It is important to note that social psychology is not just about looking at social influences. Social perception and social interaction are also vital to understanding social behavior.

The way that we see other people  (and the way we think they see us) can play a powerful role in a wide variety of actions and decisions. Just think for a moment about how you sometimes act differently in a public setting than you might if you were at home by yourself. At home, you might be loud and rambunctious, while in public you might be much more subdued and reserved.  Why is this? Because the people around us shape our thoughts, feelings, moods, attitudes, and perceptions. The presence of other people can make a difference in the choices we make and the actions we take.

While social psychology tends to be an academic field, the research that social psychologists perform has a powerful influence on our understanding of mental health and well-being. For example, research on conformity helps explain why teenagers sometimes go to such great lengths to fit in with their social group —sometimes to the detriment of their own health and wellness. Register here

Beginning Life Writing €60

Tuesday Feb 2nd  11am - 12noon

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. Register  here

Genealogy €60 

Wednesday Feb 3rd

10.00 - 12pm


This eight-week course will be presented using Zoom, DCU’s web-based video conferencing tool. It comprises of lectures, demonstrations and lecturer/participant interaction.


The course enables participants to trace their family origins to, at least, the mid 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 web sites 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.


To get the most from the course, participants should be able to access the websites demonstrated while continuing to participate in the Zoom presentation. Therefore it is best to access the Zoom sessions using a PC; Windows based Laptop; Apple Macbook; Android Tablet; iPad but not an iPhone or Android Smartphone.


Introductory Session           Friday, 29th January 2021 at 10:00

This session is to introduce participants to the use of Zoom and Loop.


Session 1      Wednesday, 3rd February 2021 at 10:00

Session 2      Wednesday, 10th February 2021 at 10:00

Session 3      Wednesday, 17th February 2021 at 10:00

Session 4      Wednesday, 24th February 2021 at 10:00

Session 5      Wednesday, 3rd March 2021 at 10:00

Session 6      Wednesday, 10th March 2021 at 10:00

Session 7      Wednesday, 24th March 2021 at 10:00

Session 8      Wednesday, 31st March 2021 at 10:00

Register here

AFU Choir (€60 Semester 2)

Thursday Feb 4th 2pm - 2.45

The choir meets weekly under the leadership of Ms. Christina Whyte and covers a wide repertoire of musical interests.

Register here


All modules must be paid for in advance of starting.  

Classes are subject to capacity.

Register and pay for all Modules here