AFU Programme Semester 1 AUTUMN 2021/2022

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Welcome to DCU's Age-Friendly University's Learning Programme. DCU leads an Age-Friendly University Global Network supporting active ageing

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Two programmes to choose from:

1. Audit or Credit Bearing Modules Starting 27th September 2021:

These can be taken for Audit (without exams or assessment) or Credit (with exams and assessment) from the undergraduate programmes. If you register for an audit or credit module you will be issues with a student card and email address.

List of Modules for AFU participants

For more information on how to register visit here

Timetables are subject to minor change up to October 12th.

Please note: There is no social distancing in the class room but you must wear a mask and sanitise your hands.

1. Love of Lifelong Learning Programme starting week beginning 4th October 2021.

This programme offers customised modules in Life Writing, Genealogy and English literature.

These are 6-8 week modules. The cost of each module is €60.00 other than Economics which is €30. Payments can be made via Eventbrite.

Masks are mandatory in all classrooms and the max in each group is 15


This module will be online

Wednesdays @10-12pm: Starting 13th October.

An Introductory Session will take place Monday 11th October.

This eight-week course will comprises of lectures, demonstrations and lecturer/participant interaction.

The course enables participants to trace their family origins to, at least, the mid 1800s and most likely to the early 1800s. The course uses free online resources and publicly available sources in libraries, archives and record offices.

Beginning Life Writing €60

This module is in person face to faceEvery Tuesday 2.00pm-4.00pm: Start date 12th October.

Venue is All Hallows Campus PG02, Purcell House.

We all have a story to tell, a story of growing up in different times, a story of family lore, a story of becoming who we are today. These stories are often valued by the generations after us, and once written, become invaluable social and family history.

This module will enable students to reflect on writing about life events and memories, to create timelines and start writing autobiographical stories, which will be shared with other students, and receive feedback.

Topics covered include:Time and life stories: Use of timelines in structuring stories;Place and life stories: Mapping your life, the importance of place in memory;The cast of characters: The others in your story, ethical issues in life writing.

Botanical Art

This module is in person face to face

Tuesdays @11.00 am. Starting 12th October. Venue St Pat's Campus Room D321

Facilitator: Dr. Tom McCloughlin, FRSB FLS, Assistant Professor of Biology & Education, DCU, Director of the DCU Herbarium


This course will provide the necessary skills to produce a competent series of drawings, paintings of plants and flowers and other botanical products with a view of having the work produced exhibited in an exhibition.

School of English, DCU - Classics

This module is in person

Starting Wednesday 13th October @ 11.00 am All Hallows Campus Room SG09, Senior House.

This course will introduce participants to texts sometimes described as ‘classics’. Members of the School of English, DCU, will explore not only what we might mean when we describe a work as a ‘classic’ but also why certain works have seemingly stood the test of time. Formal and aesthetic concerns will be considered as well as thematic interpretations of individual texts. Close reading and discussion will be encouraged.

List of Lectures for this semester

Introduction to the Irish Economy by Tony Foley

This module is in person, room Q121, Business School, DCU Glasnevin Campus.

Starting Thursday 14th October from 2 to 3 pm.

3 one hour lectures on the Glasnevin Campus Q121, Business School

1. Measuring the economy: very rich or not so rich

2. Public finances; tax, spending, borrowing and debt

3. The economic role of multinationals

Fee €30

Additional Activities


Commencing Thursday 14th of October.

Meets every Thursday 2-3pm in the Interfaith Centre starting Thursday 14th October.

€100 for 8 weeks (Must wear masks)

Free Computer Classes

This is provided in person with a max of 10 per class

5 week programme starting Monday October 25th @ 12noon QG31 in the Business School Glasnevin. Please contact to register.

Love of Lifelong Learning Association (3LA)

Due to COVID the 3LA has suspended its campus activities until it is safe to resume indoor meeting. However, there are informal meet ups to stay in touch organised on a regular basis.

The 3LA provides social and cultural opportunities for participants of the AFU programme.  There is a one-off membership fee of €10 to join which gives priority booking on all 3LA events.  Regular coffee mornings, social events and cultural visits are a feature of the 3LA.  The 3LA is organised by elected AFU participants.

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Organiser Ms. Christine O'Kelly

Organiser of AFU Programme Semester 1 AUTUMN 2021/2022

Christine O'Kelly is the Age-Friendly Coordinator at Dublin City University, the world's first designated Age-Friendly University.  DCU is leading a global initiative of Age-Friendly Universities. AFU membership comprises over 75 universities representing Europe, North America, Canada, South-East Asia and Australia.

DCU is a member of the International Federation of Ageing, the EU Innovnet Partnership, E-Region Seniors Network and is a founder member of the EU Covenant on Demographic Change.  DCU's Age-Friendly Principles have been endorsed by the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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