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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


Because of the impact worldwide of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 International Summer Programmes have been replaced by the Virtual Summer Festival of Learning

This course is part of the Visions of the Future Summer Programme 2020.

To apply for this course, please enrol on the programme above, and then select the courses you wish to study. For more information about Summer Programmes please visit our Summer Programmes Page.

This course provides an introduction to the study of global catastrophic risks, including societal collapses and existential (human extinction) risks. The first half of the course examines the lessons we can take from history, particularly societal collapses and mass extinction events. The second half focuses on the future, and unprecedented risks.


Course dates

05 Jul 2020 to 01 Aug 2020

Course duration

4 weeks

Apply by

22 Jun 2020

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


International Summer Programmes
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom
01223 760850

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Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

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