Summer 2020 Courses

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.

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.

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