UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland | Director: Professor Liam Kennedy
The Institute offers a number of modules at third level (3rd year undergrad) in association with some other Schools
This module explores the political, cultural and social issues that shape the contemporary United States. Key themes include: the end of the cold War the reshaping of domestic politics and foreign policy; 9/11 and responses to terrorism, the ‘culture wars’: the impact of religious fundamentalism on American culture and politics; and the effects of new media technologies on culture production. While focusing on the twenty-first century, early readings and lectures deal also with political events immediately preceding the twentieth century. Topics central to our analysis in the first part of the course include the legacies of the American war in Vietnam, the presidencies of Ronald Regan, George Bush 1 and Bill Clinton, the American domestic and international policies in the 1980s and 1990s .
This module will provide an introduction to the history, theory and practice of visual ethnography with particular reference to contemporary Ireland. It will focus on photography and documentary film. Issues to be explored include the ways in which visual ethnography has produced knowledge about borders, work, poverty, urban life, tourism, migration and nationhood. Students will learn about key ideas and concepts in visual ethnography. They will work with multidisciplinary sources and texts, and develop skills of critical analysis and interpretation.