Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Castletownroche, Ireland; Doolin, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Letterfrack, Ireland
- Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
- Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Penn State's McCourtney Institute awarded the 2019 Brown Democracy Medal to Irish scholars who spearheaded various deliberation initiatives that led to the Irish Citizens' Assembly, a landmark exercise in deliberation integrated with the Irish government. The Assembly resulted in tremendous legal and cultural change in Ireland, including last year's referendum to lift Ireland's abortion ban. Penn State's spring break takes place directly after a unit on public deliberation that culminates in Deliberation Nation, a 10-day series of public deliberation events hosted by the students of Rhetoric and Civic life, a year-long honors rhetoric course. After spring break, the course pivots to public policy and advocacy. Thus, this perfectly timed trip to interview both the leaders and participants in the Assembly and citizens throughout Ireland could show our students how deliberation can be connected profoundly to governing and democracy itself.
During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of apartment overnight accommodations.
The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department. The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must answer short essay questions and will be required to submit two recommendation forms: one is required from their Rhetoric and Civic Life professor. Applications will be due to the Rhetoric And Civic Life Committee by October 1. The RCL committee will complete the first round of vetting, narrowing the field to 25 applicants by October 7. The course instructors, Lori Bedell and Jessica O'Hara, will interview and select the final 16 participants by October 15. A $500 deposit will be due by November 1. The remainder of payment will be due January 15.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring- Embedded||2020||08/21/2019 **||Rolling Admission||03/08/2020||03/16/2020|
|NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program coordinator Jessica O'Hara by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.|
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