Irish Storytelling: Individual, Organizational and National Identity (3 credits)
Students will be immersed for four weeks in Dublin, Ireland exploring the ways in which a culture can communicate different narratives and perspectives. Ireland has a rich history of transmitting culture through storytelling. From mythical tales to contemporary narratives of ordinary people living in extraordinary circumstances, storytelling has been at the core of both collective and individual consciousness for centuries. Through the tradition of oral storytelling, literature and current media, the Irish are an example of creating an intimate relationship between the storyteller and their audience. The storyteller conveys a sense of identity while providing reflections on their subject. In this course, we will look at narratives and Irish storytelling in particular, serving as a means to influence an audience and convey a sense of cultural values through multiple communication mediums. We will also examine applications of narrative in a variety of disciplines within the field of communication, such as media production, public relations, advertising, journalism and social influence. Students will be asked to develop their own multimedia project that conveys their own sense of a narrative in Dublin.
Students also have the option of complementing their studies with an additional internship in their field at an organization in Dublin. The internship component is three credits over six weeks of full-time interning.
Internship (optional, 3 credits)
Students selected based on their qualifications and interests work as interns with relevant professional organizations in Ireland. Work is on a full-time, unpaid basis for the duration of the optional 6 week internship course. This course will be taught online during the time that students are interning away. It is a practicum and an academic experience that will be designed to draw on the specific internship experiences to which the students will be assigned. Assignments like journals, reaction papers or blogs on cultural insights and experiences are developed based on (a) the cultures students go to and (b) the types of experiences the students have access to, such as field trips, site visits; and (c) the specific organizations and job responsibilities to which students are assigned. Particular attention is paid to specific cultural contexts and how those cultures influence communication at various levels, from face-to-face within ethnic neighborhoods, to political communication in specific countries, to the use of media within the country and particular organizations.
Faculty Program Leaders
Tracey, Weiss, Advertising and Public Relations
Dr. Weiss is an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. She served as the faculty program co-leader for the Klein Global Opportunities Global Internship program in 2017 and is an active member of the Lew Klein College School of Media and Communication’s Global Opportunities Committee. In 2013, Dr. Weiss received the Senior Teaching Award for the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. Dr. Weiss has had international teaching experience both for Temple University’s Rome campus and the University of New Hampshire in London, England.
Dr. Weiss also founded a consulting firm specializing in management and organizational development. Prior to starting her firm, Dr. Weiss was a vice president of the Hay Group where she held numerous leadership positions, including practice director for the Human Resources Planning and Development department. She also has held human resource management positions at both GlaxoSmithKline and Aramark. She utilizes her corporate experience to inform her teaching in global leadership and communication. Dr. Weiss wrote two books in the area of leadership development and has also been featured in recent publications for media professionals.