Short Courses Series

Course overview

The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development 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, run over 8 weeks. Classes are 2 hours in duration. The Alexander Technique course is held on two Saturdays.

Next start date: Classes will take place from the week of 28th September, 2015. Classes commence at 7.00pm unless otherwise stated.

ECTS weighting: n/a

Average intake: Unlimited

Closing date: Wednesday 23rd September 2015.

NFQ level: n/a

Mode of study: Classroom-based

Course outline

Short Course titles offered in 2015
(Please note that courses are run subject to a minimum number of enrolments)

Classes commence at 7.00pm and are 2 hours in duration (unless otherwise stated).


  • Historical Research and Resources
  • Introduction to John McGahern-Novels
  • Post-Francoist Spanish Cinema


  • Early and Silent Cinema
  • Introduction to Western Philosophy
  • The First World War
  • Introduction to Russian
  • Introduction to Astronomy


  • Introduction to Genealogy
  • Brush-up your German
  • Introduction to John McGahern-Short Stories
  • History of Art Trom Fauvism to Postmodernism
  • Visual Sociology
  • Passion, Seduction and Romance in Russian Literature


  • Introduction to American Cinema
  • The Artefacts & Archaeology of Prehistoric Ireland
  • Creative Writing
  • Philosophy and Education
  • From Adversity to Victory-Britain's Experience of World War 11


  • The Alexander Technique: Change Your Posture – Change your Life

*Two Saturdays - 28th November and 5th December, 10am-4pm

Applications and selections

Applications are now open for the 2015 Short Courses Series.

 Application Form

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

Berna Morgan
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway, Nuns' Island, Galway

T: 091 494055

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €€120 per course

A discounted course fee of €85 is available for senior citizens and for students currently in receipt of social welfare support from the Department of Social Protection. In order to avail of this discount, applicants must provide documentation regarding their status along with their application form.

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

2015 Short Courses brochure