Irish Courses for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

IRSH 101: Elementary Irish

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Why Irish Language? 

One of the functions of Irish Studies at The University of Montana is to educate students on the Gaelic foundations of Irish and Irish-American identity and to dispel long-held notions that the Irish are fundamentally part of the English-speaking world. Their categorization under this cultural rubric originated in the Tudor period and gained increasing currency over subsequent centuries to become a part of conventional wisdom, this despite clear evidence that the core elements of Irish identity are not, in fact, of Anglo-Saxon provenance but indisputably Gaelic. The popularity of Irish music, dance and the demand for instruction in the Irish language in the United States speak clearly to this fact. The failure to recognize the fundamental importance of Irish Gaelic culture to Irish identity has led to misunderstanding and bogus interpretations of the dynamics of Irish political and cultural life. Our program addresses these issues and introduces students to the language and the culture it sustained. New perspectives on the ideological foundation of Irish Gaelic culture permits alternative interpretations of the 800 year long battle of civilizations, the Irish revival movement, the evolution of Irish nationalist politics and the creation of the modern Irish state. 

Access to Irish Gaelic culture begins with the language: knowledge of the language provides an insight to the Irish Gaelic mindset and opens up the door to Irish Gaelic literature.  

  • IRSH 101.01  -  CRN 71483  -  MTWR 10:00am - 10:50am -  4 Credits 
  • IRSH 101.02  -  CRN 71603  -  MTWR 11:00am - 11:50am - 4 Credits 
  • IRSH 101.03  -  CRN 72539  -  MTWR 12:00pm- 12:50pm - 4 Credits

IRSH 201: Intermediate Irish

Continue with the Irish Language! 

CRN 75013  -  MTWR 11:00am - 11:50 am 

4 Credits

LIT 391: Early Joyce and Celtic Literature


This course will begin with a survey of Celtic literature, from the ancient myths through the plays and poems of William Butler Yeats, John Millington Synge, Lady Gregory, and others.  These readings are wonderful by themselves, and will guide us through the exciting literary era called the Irish Literary Renaissance. 

We will then carefully read James Joyce’s Dubliners, the loosely connected collection of fifteen short stories that culminates with the renowned story, The Dead. The stories concern many aspects of the city of Dublin and its inhabitants.  Joyce wrote:  I call the series Dubliners to betray the soul of that hemiplegia or paralysis which many consider a city” 

Joyce once wrote: "I have discovered that I can do anything with language I want." 

These stories are written in the characteristic early style of Joyce as he began his lifetime of developing writing styles that continued in Ulysses and in Finnegans Wake. 

We will then carefully read James Joyce’s semi-autobiographical novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. This novel begins with the thoughts of a very young Stephen Dedalus: “Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down the road met a nicens little boy named tuckoo…”  The novel ends as the 22 year-old Stephen Dedalus writes in his diary: “Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.” 

This course will be taught as a seminar instead of a lecture course and will encourage active participation and discussion by students.  A moderate number of literary critical articles will augment the texts and there will be ample opportunity for further studies. 

This course is open to students of all academic majors. Meets Irish Studies minor literature requirement. 

CRN 73215 | Mondays & Wednesdays 3:30PM - 4:50PM | Davidson Honors College

IRSH 391: Rockin' Rebels: Popular Irish Music from Traditional to Punk

CRN: 34806

Satisfies Intermedia Writing General Education Requirement

Do you like music? Are you curious about how music informs cultural identity? Do you need to satisfy your Intermediate Writing requirement for General Education? If you said yes to any of these questions IRSH 391 is the course of your dreams!

Register now for Spring 2019!

In IRSH 391 we will explore the concept of “Irishness” through generative works of music by artists such as Seán Ó Riada, The Wolf Tones, The Pogues, Sinéad O’Connor, U2, The Cranberries, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, and Soulé (not an exhaustive list). We will examine traditional Irish music as a cultural form. Next, we will move through genres and decades charting political and cultural shifts as represented in folk, rebel, rock, punk, and pop music. We will explore concerns of authenticity and hybridity in Irish popular music and apply theoretical ways of understanding the reproduction and marketing of “Irishness” in a global context.

Please contact Dr. Erin Costello Wecker with questions:

ACT 152: Beginning Handball

Join us for the Irish sport of handball offered at the University of Montana, Spring 2019 semester. 

CRN 33801 TR  - 8:00pm-8:50pm - 1 Credit

DANC 160A: Dance Forms - Irish

Join us for Forms of Irish Dance offered Spring 2019 semester. 

CRN 32006  -  MW  -  12:00pm-12:50pm  -  2 credits