I don't think there has been a thread about the IARC at UL (from what I understand it opened in July) but I think this a very welcome development in the area of academic and degree focused genealogy.
Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies but is often not treated seriously in academia and within the study of history.
I'm a UL grad and I also currently work in academia so I am a bit biased but hopefully the IARC can become a centre of excellence for academic genealogy and the teaching of methodology, citing sources, writing up family genealogies etc..
From what I gather in previous forums some of the regular posters have been doing the genealogy course at UCD.
How do you find it and does anyone have more general thoughts on academic genealogy in general?