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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Knowledge is Power. This dictum of Elizabethan philosopher Francis Bacon inspired many generations of British researchers, fuelling not only their experimental approach towards the world but also their expansionist ambitions. Science was rooted in political and commercial interests, relying mainly on private initiative and investment with little support from government financing. By the end of the 18th century, Newtonian science had eclipsed its competitors, British industry was booming and the nation’s territorial possessions were spreading around the world. This course explores ways in which power was harnessed for technological progress, economic gain and global influence, using examples from art, literature and politics to show how scientific achievements are inseparable from their cultural context.


Course dates

16 Jul 2023 to 22 Jul 2023

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

25 Jun 2023

Course director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


International Summer Programme
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Credits dependent on home institution

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code