Interdisciplinary Summer School

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Term I: 5 18 July 2015
Term II: 19 July 1 August 2015
Term III: 2 15 August 2015
Programme Director: Sarah J Ormrod

The Interdisciplinary Summer School offers courses covering a wide variety of subjects, including archaeology, politics, philosophy, psychology, economics, education, literature, history of science and international relations. Participants may concentrate their studies on two or three courses in the same discipline or study more widely by choosing courses in differing subject fields.

Who can apply?

Programmes are open to university students, professionals and those with other life experience; gap-year students preparing for university may also apply (students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian if under 18 when the programme commences). Participants must also meet our language requirements.

How to apply

Applications for 2015 will open in December 2014 when the new programmes go live.

For more information about other Summer School programmes please visit:
www.ice.cam.ac.uk/intsummer/programmes.

The academic programme

  • Major plenary lecture series
  • Two or three special subject courses
  • Evening lectures

Special subject courses

Courses consist of classroom sessions held on weekdays. Almost all are limited to 25 participants. You choose either two or three courses, each from a different group: A, B, C in Term I, II or III.

Term I:

Group A: 9.00am 10.15am

A11 - International politics in a global age I
A12 - The British people and their Empire, 1600-1900
A13 - Russia in the 20th century
A14 - The English Renaissance I. Myth, magic and make-believe
A15 - A history of British political thought I. 1600-1800
A16 - How do fossils record evolution?
A17 - History of art I. Politicising art, 1500-1970
A18 - Shakespeare and the course of true love: As You Like It and Othello

Group B: 11.45am  1.00pm

B11 - International politics in a global age I
B12 - International development: key issues in today's world
B13 - Britain and the world since 1900
B14 - The English Renaissance II. Religion, revenge and revolt
B15 - History of science I. Ancient science
B16 - Fairy tales and visions: the Romantics and Jane Austen
B17 - Winds of change: post-war Britain, 1945-65
B18 - Introduction to philosophy I. Philosophy of religion

Group C: 2.00pm  3.15pm

C11 - International politics in a global age I
C12 - Archaeology I. The Ancient Aztecs and Maya
C13 - History of art II. About face: portraiture from Titian to Lucien Freud
C14 - Crises in world politics since 1945
C15 - An introduction to animal behaviour
C16 - "The hell where youth and laughter go": The Great War and literature

Term II:

Group A: 9.00am  10.15am

A21 - International politics in a global age II
A22 - The British people and their Empire, 1900-97
A23 - Economics of public policy
A24 - The English Renaissance III. Guns and garters
A25 - A history of British political thought II: 1800 to the present day
A26 - Understanding poetry
A27 - Introduction to philosophy II. Philosophy of literature: understanding other minds through fiction
A28 - Conflict archaeology: an introduction

Group B: 11.45am  1.00pm

B21 - International politics in a global age II
B22 - Raj: the rise and fall of Britain’s Indian Empire
B23 - Introduction to philosophy III. The philosophy of mind
B24 - History of art III. Art and power: how value is made
B25 - Living film - a life in pictures?
B26 - History of science II. Technology to astound: engineering feats of the ancient world
B27 - Greek heroes and gods, in literature, history and the imagination
B28 - Shakespeare and the serious business of comedy: The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV Part I, and Twelfth Night

Group C: 2.00pm  3.15pm

C21 - International politics in a global age II
C22 - 20th-century country house fiction: Howards End, Brideshead Revisited, and Atonement
C23 - An introduction to macroeconomics
C24 - History of science III. Science and the Renaissance
C25 - Making film - not just shooting pictures. A course in media theory and practice
C26 - J R R Tolkien and modern fantasy

Term III:

Group A: 9.00am  10.15am

A31 - History of art IV. Going Dutch: a history of C17th Dutch painting
A32 - The modern novel: one hundred years of experiments in narrative
A33 - Archaeology II. Rome and China
A34 - The English Renaissance I. Myth, magic and make-believe
A35 - Religion in the 16th-century Reformations
A36 - Governance of Britain today
A37 - Education in Britain, 1870 – present
A38 - Introducing psychology: mind, mental process and behaviour

Group B: 11.45am  1.00pm

B31 - History of art V. Painting Paris: French painting, 1860-90
B32 - Wordsworth and Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads: a new start in English poetry
B33 - Archaeology III. Britain before history
B34 - The English Renaissance II. Religion, revenge and revolt
B35 - History of science IV. The Scientific Revolution
B36 - English houses and gardens I. Defining 'Englishness' from 1130 to 1970
B37 - Milton and the idea of freedom: Paradise Lost in context
B38 - The abnormal mind: an introduction to psychopathology

Group C: 2.00pm  3.15pm

C31 - Children, teachers and education: contemporary issues, historical perspectives
C32 - English houses and gardens II. Esoteric, eclectic and egotistical
C33 - Archaeology IV. History everywhere: Roman and medieval Britain
C34 - Crises and international relations since 1945
C35 - History of science V. The invention of the modern world: mathematics, 1200-1700
C36 - Loves in literature from Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney

Plenary lectures

The theme for our morning plenary series is Influence and Illumination.

Evening lectures

Invited speakers and members of the University will give a varied evening lecture programme, covering a wide range of subjects.

Accommodation

Accommodation is available for participants who want to stay in a Cambridge College. Please see the accommodation options available for this programme.

Non-residential attendance is also available if participants prefer to find their own lodgings.

Programme fees

Programme fees include tuition, bed, breakfast and evening meals unless otherwise indicated.

Pre-enrolment information

Booking terms and conditions

Downloads

2014 brochure as a PDF (5.31MB)

Contact us

University of Cambridge
International Programmes
Institute of Continuing Education
Madingley Hall
Madingley
Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 760850
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 760848
Email: intenq@ice.cam.ac.uk

Comments

Teaching and assessment is in English. Students for whom English is not their first language should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Summer Schools brochure download page.