Learning Opportunities DCU 2021/22

Semester 1 September 2021

Due to the changing situation regarding COVID, some modules are being delivered on line.

Face to face modules in high demand are restricted in number to accommdate social distancing.

All Modules can be paid for here

Registration for 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


Available Timetables are listed.  If you are interested in a module which has no timetable displayed please email grainne.reddy@dcu.ie and she will let you know when the timetable is confirmed.  

Please download and print the Registration Letter 

If you have any queries please contact:

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

Love of Lifelong Learning Modules 2021

These modules are 3-8  weeks duration and start in October.

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


Beginning Life Writing €60

Every Tuesday 2.00pm-4.00pm: Start date 12th October.  Blended learning approach (some face to face sessions and some online)

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. 

Genealogy €60 

Every Wednesday 10-12pm: Start date 13th October.  Introductory Session will be on Monday 11th October. 

Please note Genealogy will run online for this Semester.

This eight-week course will 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 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.

Schedule: Wednesdays @10am-12pm online for the moment.    

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

Botanical Art €60

Facilitator: Dr. Tom McCloughlin, FRSB FLS, Assistant Professor of Biology & Education, DCU
Director of the DCU Herbarium


This course will provide the necessary skills to produce a competent series of
drawings, paintings of plants and flowers and other botanical products with a view of having
the work produced exhibited in an exhibition.

The DCU Herbarium (given the official code HUUD) contains several thousand specimens of
botanical origin, from seeds, algae, flowering and non-flowering plants collected over 30
years and including apparatus, artwork and books of a botanical nature. It is a primarily
teaching herbarium with research particularly in the history of botany and botanical

Schedule: Tuesdays @ 11.00 Venue St Pat's Campus Room D321. Starting Tuesday 12th October.


School of English, DCU - Classics

This course will introduce participants to texts sometimes described as ‘classics’. Members of the School of English, DCU, will explore not only what we might mean when we describe a work as a ‘classic’ but also why certain works have seemingly stood the test of time. Formal and aesthetic concerns will be considered as well as thematic interpretations of individual texts. Close reading and discussion will be encouraged.

Schedule: Starting Wednesday 13th October @ 11.00 am All Hallows Campus.

List of Lectures for this Semester

Introduction to the Irish Economy by Tony Foley

3 one hour lectures

1. Measuring the economy: very rich or not so rich

2. Public finances; tax, spending, borrowing and debt

3. The economic role of multinationals

Fee: €30

Schedule: Starting Thursday 14th October from 2.00-3.00 pm Glasnevin Campus. Venue tbc

AFU Choir (€100 for 8 weeks)

Love Singing?

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

Commencing Thursday 14th of October.

Meets every Thursday 2-3pm in the Interfaith Centre from October -December. The cost of the choir membership is €100.00 for 8 weeks.

Commencing on the 14th of October


All modules must be paid for in advance of starting.  

Classes are subject to capacity.

Free Computer Classes starting October.