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Summer - The Business, History & Politics of Sport
Dublin, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer Term 1
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Accommodation: Student Residence GPA Requirement: None
On-Site Staff: BC Coordinator, BC Faculty Leader
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BC Summer Program
BC Department: Irish Studies Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: Irish Studies/History major/minor elective
Number of Credits: 3 Course Number: HIST 2850
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Sport is one of the biggest industries in the world, with an estimated global turnover of $300 billion per year, and is regularly cited as one of the fastest growing businesses in the world. The aim of the course is to understand where sports came from historically, how it has functioned in different countries, and why it means so much to people. We will explore how sport has been represented in literature, in films and through advertising, while also looking at sports darker sides, such as its links with politics, and the problems around drugs and cheating. Additionally, this course will also highlight the range of job opportunities available in the world of sport and will appeal to any student with an interest in sport or with one eye on a possible career.  Through visits and meetings with people working in the world of sport, students will also gain a strong understanding of the contemporary sports business. 

Program Dates

Arrival in Dublin: Saturday, June 2, 2018 (by 1:00 PM)

Departure from Dublin: Sunday, July 1, 2018

Faculty Leader

Dr. Michael Cronin


The program will work through a whole series of questions relating to global sport, and in particular seek to understand how it has become the multi-billion dollar business  it is today. The program will ask students to think through their own relationship with sport, whether as participant or consumer, and will offer them a series of introductions to people who work within the sports business. Extensive use of guest lecturers and site visits will complement coursework.

Draft Syllabus: 
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Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora: 
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,508)
  • GeoBlue international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee ($3,100)
  • Enrollment fee ($45)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to Dublin and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities. 

Housing & Meals

Students will be housed in residence halls located on the campus of University College Dublin. Some meals are included in the cost of the program, but students should budget to cover the majority of their meals.

Cultural Activities

Activities and trips include:
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Tour of the Aviva Stadium
  • Day trip to the Aran Islands
  • Visit the Cliffs of Moher
  • Experience Gaelic Games training session
  • Coasteering off the Atlantic coast

Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Dublin.

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.