Western Kentucky University

Faculty-Led Study Abroad


Summer 2014



Program Description

Explore concepts in folklore and cultural geography through the exploration of supernatural landscapes that are interspersed within the Emerald Isle. See first-hand how Ireland's mixture of rich history and culture lend to fascinating folklore traditions within a geographic context.



  • Dublin, Ireland
  • The Hill of Tara
  • Inis Mór
  • Grange Stone Circle
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Blarney Castle
  • Abbey Tavern

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Learning Goals

  • Recognize common forms of supernatural belief and practice in contemporary Irish life.
  • Correctly apply analytic constructs from the scholarship of folklorists and cultural geographers to observations made on-site in Ireland.
  • Identify both culture-specific and cross-cultural patterns in supernatural belief.
  • Maintain and apply an appropriately relativistic stance toward unfamiliar belief and practice.
  • Develop a personal approach that is open, rational, and critical to accounts of the supernatural, and grasp the basics of ethnographic inquiry in the area of belief.
  • Better recognize, understand and apply his/her own beliefs and practices pertaining to the supernatural.


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Faculty Leaders


  • Ireland
  • Dublin
  • Boyne Valley
  • Roscrea
  • Doolin
  • Killarney
  • Waterford


  • Summer 2014


  • GEOG 475 (3 credits): Landscapes of the Supernatural
  • FLK 275 (3 credits): Supernatural Folklore




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