Short Courses Series

Course overview

The Adult and Continuing Education Office offers a series of short, non-accredited courses in a number of different subject areas. Designed for students with an interest in the subjects on offer, these courses may provide you with an opportunity to meet interesting people to discuss your ideas with, to find out more about your subject areas and also to experience the world of lifelong learning.


Who are the courses for?

These courses are particularly suitable for people who have never had an opportunity to study a particular subject area before or for people who wish to gain a deeper insight into a discipline that already interests them. The short courses are also ideal for someone who is considering higher education as a mature student and wishes to experience learning at an introductory level.

Key facts

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for the Short Courses Series.

Duration: Part-time, 8 weeks in duration. Classes are 2 hours in duration. The Alexander Technique course is held on two Saturdays.

Next start date: 2014 dates to be confirmed. Classes commence at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated

ECTS weighting: NA

Average intake: Unlimited

Closing date: 2014 dates to be confirmed

NFQ level: NA

Mode of study: Classroom-based

Course outline

Short Course titles offered in 2013*

(Please note that courses are run subject to a minimum number of enrolments)



Introduction to European Cinema

Human Development through the Lifespan

Twentieth Century Literature I: Reading James Joyce’s Ulysses

Sense and Stupidity: An Introduction to the Irish Planning System

The Mindful Body: An Introduction to Embodiment Studies



Introduction to Film and Digital Media Literacy

Contemporary Russian Literature

Twentieth Century Literature II: Introduction to W.B. Yeats

Philosophy I: Introduction to Western Philosophy

Using Public Sources and Resources in History

Rome, Byzantium, and Islam AD400-1500

Introduction to Astronomy



Introduction to Genealogy

Introduction to Victorian Women’s Poetry

An Introduction to Google Earth and Geographical Information Systems



Philosophy II: Existentialism, now and then

The Archaeology of Prehistoric Ireland

Creative Writing


Two Saturdays in November 2013 (10am-4pm)

The Alexander Technique: Change Your Posture – Change your Life


*Short Courses Series 2014 titles to be listed in autumn 2014

Applications and selections

Applications for the 2014 Short Courses Series are not available at this time, please contact the Programme Administrator for further information.


Requirements and assessment

There are no assessments on the short courses, attendance and participation is based on the student’s interest in the area and joy of learning.

Find out more

Gail Cassidy

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway, Nuns' Island


T: 091 495241

Past students

Russian for Beginners

I recently undertook the Russian for Beginners short course. It gave me a basic knowledge of spoken Russian for everyday use which was just what I required. The lecturer introduced the Cyrillic alphabet, Russian vocabulary and grammar through a mix of in-class “role play”, reading and general conversation. We got wonderful course notes and some “homework” to be done for each week! The lecturer was excellent, full of enthusiasm, never late nor stinting in her time and helpful to each student. I really enjoyed the learning experience.

Derry O'Connor