Summer course in History

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A summer course is a class taken during the summer break of a university. These courses are typically finished in no more than two months, and are offered in a wide range of subjects. Courses in humanities, including history, are very popular and are offered at many institutions.

What is a summer course in history? These intensive courses are offered by the university to present opportunities that may not be available during the regular academic calendar. While some students may use summer courses to catch up or get ahead academically, many summer courses offer highly specialized and focused programs. These classes include interesting topics such as games and history, museums and memorial sites, music in contemporary history and society, and the history and heritage of specific cultural and ethnic groups.

History students gain invaluable perspective on the world around them by learning about the past. A multitude of careers are available to people who may take a summer course in history, with a wide range of salaries and potential global applications.

The cost of a summer course in history will vary greatly from school to school and from country to country. The price will often include enrollment and registration fees, as well as the cost of books. The best way to determine the expense of a summer course is to contact the university holding the class.

As with other courses in humanities and social sciences, a summer course in history will typically prepare students for a wide range of career prospects. Traditionally, students may choose a career in education, research, information management, or business. These jobs may include journalist, librarian, historic preservationist, or legislative staff worker. The wide field of history presents many opportunities to students.

A summer course in history is an excellent way to expand your horizons and gain knowledge that may be unavailable otherwise. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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The Scottish Enlightenment in Context

The University of Edinburgh Summer School
Campus Full time 4 - 4 weeks June 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

In this course, you will consider the key developments of the Scottish Enlightenment in areas including philosophy, ethics, social and political thought, historiography, medical science, aesthetics, literature, and religious thinking. You will also have the opportunity to assess the influence of Scottish thinking on America, and the circumstances which led to the eclipse of Enlightenment thinking. [+]

Best Summer Courses in History 2017/2018. Introducing students to the central themes, issues and theories of the Scottish Enlightenment, there will be a particular emphasis on the enduring relevance of the Enlightenment. Students will examine current approaches to the Scottish Enlightenment, and areas of contemporary debate among scholars. The course also aims to enhance students’ critical, discursive and analytical skills. The course is interdisciplinary: thinkers such as David Hume and Adam Smith studied and wrote on a wide range of academic disciplines, each discipline shedding explanatory light on the others. This is a traditional Scottish approach to study, which predates the Scottish Enlightenment. Philosophy was the central discipline of the Scottish Enlightenment – and it will similarly be central to our studies. Explorations of Edinburgh through guided walking tours and visits to museums and galleries will let you place Enlightenment developments in context and understand the major influences of of this historical period. http://www.summerschool.ed.ac.uk/course/scottishenlightenment [-]

Summer Course in Culture and Society in the Scottish Enlightenment

The University of Edinburgh Summer School
Campus 2 weeks July 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

The course is interdisciplinary: thinkers such as David Hume and Adam Smith studied and wrote on a wide range of academic disciplines, on the basis that each discipline is helpful to shed explanatory light on the others. This is a traditional Scottish approach to study, which predates the Scottish Enlightenment – and it is the approach which this course will adopt. As philosophy was the central discipline of the Scottish Enlightenment, a philosophical approach will be used to consider each of the other key themes and developments. [+]

Culture and Society in the Scottish Enlightenment Explore 18th Century Edinburgh and its world-leading ideas Description This course will let you explore the culture and society of 18th century Edinburgh and how this context led to the major developments in the Scottish Enlightenment. You will be introduced to the social, political, and religious thought of the period and investigate key areas of development in the Scottish Enlightement, inlcuding philosophy, aesthetics, medicine, and literature. Special consideration will also be given to the influence of Scottish thinking on America, and the circumstances which led to the eclipse of Enlightenment thinking. The course is interdisciplinary: thinkers such as David Hume and Adam Smith studied and wrote on a wide range of academic disciplines, on the basis that each discipline is helpful to shed explanatory light on the others. This is a traditional Scottish approach to study, which predates the Scottish Enlightenment – and it is the approach which this course will adopt. As philosophy was the central discipline of the Scottish Enlightenment, a philosophical approach will be used to consider each of the other key themes and developments. You will consider the enduring relevance of the Enlightenment, including current approaches to its study, and areas of contemporary debate among scholars. This approach will let you enhance your critical, discursive and analytical skills. There will be the opportunity for guided tours of museums and galleries, as well as locations in Edinburgh which relate to the period of the Scottish Enlightenment. You will also take... [-]

London Summer - UK Today

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 7 weeks August 2018 United Kingdom London

Our UK Today Program provides you with the opportunity to explore the vibrant culture and rich heritage of contemporary London through a wide range of courses—all of which apply to British history and culture. [+]

Best Summer Courses in History 2017/2018. Overview Summer may just be the best time to live and learn in London. Who wouldn’t want to spend a summer here, with time to also visit all the free museums, watch movies under the stars, and explore the 400+ green spaces in the city? Our UK Today Program provides you with the opportunity to explore the vibrant culture and rich heritage of contemporary London through a wide range of courses—all of which apply to British history and culture. Our unique academic experience integrates course-related excursions into virtually all courses to maximize the many opportunities for learning that London presents. This program is a great opportunity to continue your studies while using London as your classroom. All IES Abroad courses are taught by distinguished British and international faculty. Quick Facts Center: IES Abroad London City: London Country: England Program Credits: 6 credits Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisites: None Program Dates After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel. Summer 2017 Arrival: Monday, June 5, 2017 Departure: Saturday, July 22, 2017 Academics Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. You take two courses for a total of 6 semester credits. Course disciplines include: Art History Communication Cultural Studies Drama Fine Arts Film Studies History Literature Management/Business/Marketing Political Science Sociology Courses This is a list of planned... [-]

Summer course - New Perspectives (for ages 13-15)

Oxford Royale Academy
Campus Full time 2 - 4 weeks July 2018 United Kingdom Oxford Yarnton + 1 more

Our New Perspectives programme offers students aged 13-15 the opportunity to live and study in a college of the University of Oxford. For each two-week session, students choose one combination of subjects from five possible pairs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or to try out something new. [+]

Overview Our New Perspectives programme offers students aged 13-15 the opportunity to live and study in a college of the University of Oxford. For each two-week session, students choose one combination of subjects from five possible pairs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or to try out something new. Academic Content Students on the New Perspectives programme receive more than 20 hours of tuition per week. Students staying for two-weeks choose two morning subjects (one each from Lists A & B below) and one workshop class from 15 possible options, and follow all of their classes for two weeks. Attendees taking the four-week programme are asked to select four morning options and two workshop classes. Regardless of whether students would like to study an area of interest or learn something completely new, they will certainly find something of interest to them. Learning Objectives Inside the classroom, each subject option has its own Learning Objectives, which relate to the material covered in the course, as well as the knowledge and skills fostered. Click the name of the subject you are interested in above to read them. Transferable Life Skills Attendees on the New Perspectives programme are encouraged to work on important key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in a college of the University of Oxford, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school... [-]

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Cambridge Immerse
Campus Full time 2 weeks July 2018 United Kingdom Cambridge London + 1 more

Cambridge Immerse is a unique two week residential educational experience with a diverse and enriching curriculum, designed and taught by Cambridge University and Oxford University tutors. [+]

Best Summer Courses in History 2017/2018. Overview of course Session 1: July 23rd 2017 – August 5th 2017 Session 2: August 6th 2017 – August 19th 2017 Residential in a central University of Cambridge college Classes designed and taught by University tutors A variety of carefully planned skills workshops Dedicated university and subject specific advice Inclusive of all excursions and extracurriculars Diverse range of international participants Participant Assessment Certificate of Participation Summary Cambridge Immerse is a unique two week residential educational experience with a diverse and enriching curriculum, designed and taught by Cambridge University and Oxford University tutors. Tutorials and seminars are taught by experts in an optimal learning environment that stimulates academic enquiry; yet the carefully planned schedule ensures that the programme not only meets the academic needs of the participants, but also provides a unique insight into the university city through an abundance of extracurricular activities. The Cambridge Immerse History course is both challenging and engaging, with students learning in small groups to ensure that each student’s needs are addressed. In addition to covering material that is studied at the A-level and IB-level, students are also taught advanced university-level topics in a way that is approachable and easy to understand. The Cambridge Immerse History course is perfect for those considering studying History and related disciplines at university level. This course will give participants an exciting and unparalleled insight into what studying History at university would entail. The topics explored will give students a taste of the key academic... [-]

International Summer School

Saint Michael's College
Campus Full time 11 - 18 days September 2018 USA Burlington

To register for a summer session course, complete and submit the Undergraduate Registration form, found on the Registrar's Office Forms page. Registration begins March 1. [+]

International Study Courses 2017 To register for a summer session course, complete and submit the Undergraduate Registration form, found on the Registrar's Office Forms page. Registration begins March 1. International Study Course Descriptions France: Culture and Society in Medieval Burgundy HI/RS/AH/HU 280 (4 credits) Prerequisite: None Date: May 13 - 31, 2017 This program offers students first-hand experience of living at the place of SMC's origins in Burgundy – a 12th-century abbey – while studying medieval history and culture in its original context. Classes held every other day in Pontigny prepare students for site visits the next day to castles, churches, cathedrals, battlefields, abbeys, archeological excavations, towns and cities, museums and libraries. In this way reading, studying and exploring the material remains of this culture are integrated. Terryl Kinder (Distinguished Visiting Professor of Fine Arts), a practicing medieval archaeologist, lives in the town of Pontigny and speaks fluent French. The places the students will visit are an integral part of her research and some are not otherwise open to the public. Mongolia & China: In the Footsteps of Genghis Khan MJD 226 (2 credits) Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing and Permission of Instructor Date: May 2017 Our course will explore the historical and cultural connections between Mongolia and China, with a focus on the Mongol Empire of ancient times, the 21st century People’s Republic of China, and the physical and digital walls that divide these two vital regions of Asia today. Students will read widely on the China/Mongolia relationship, explore the varied... [-]

Introduction to Conceptual History

Helsinki Summer School
Campus Full time 11 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

In August 2017 “An Introduction to Conceptual History” will be offered by the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki, as part of the Helsinki Summer School. [+]

Best Summer Courses in History 2017/2018. Introduction to Conceptual History ORGANISER: Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki DATES: 8.-18.8.2017 PRICES: 600-900 EUR CREDITS: 6 ECTS COORDINATOR: Jani Marjanen & Johan Strang Target students Finnish and international PhD and advanced Master’s degree students from various academic fields. Synopsis In August 2017 “An Introduction to Conceptual History” will be offered by the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki, as part of the Helsinki Summer School. Now in its twelfth year, the course will be organized by Concepta: the International Research School in Conceptual History, and The Political Concepts Standing Group of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) at the University of Helsinki. An international team of distinguished scholars and visiting lecturers will engage and encourage course members in critical discussions about the political aspects in key concepts used in human activities, as well as in the analytic concepts employed in the social sciences and the humanities. The course seeks to familiarize younger scholars with the methods and practices of conceptual history, and the study of political concepts as a style of theorizing about and analyzing political practices. The goal of conceptual history is to understand the ways in which concepts and ideas are operationalized in political life through the study of the debates on their migration, translation, reinterpretation and diffusion through time and space (from the local to the global). Conceptual analysis involves the examination of the larger semantic, discursive, ideological and rhetorical settings of conceptual controversies, and requires... [-]

Heavy Metal Music in Contemporary History and Society

Helsinki Summer School
Campus Full time 17 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

This course explores the development of the popular music style of Heavy Metal. The primary focus will be on the musical elements of the genre, its historical features and its relation to contemporary Western society. [+]

Heavy Metal Music in Contemporary History and Society ORGANISER: Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki Related Degree Programmes: Taiteiden tutkimuksen kandiohjelma Taiteiden tutkimuksen maisteriohjelma DATES: 8.-24.8.2017 PRICES: 850-1400 EUR CREDITS: 5 ECTS COORDINATOR: Paolo Ribaldini Target students The course aims to be as multidisciplinary as possible, encouraging collaboration between students from different academic backgrounds. The ideal candidates are advanced Bachelor’s or Master’s students of musical practice, musicology, social studies, semiotics, cultural studies, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, language studies, gender studies and pedagogy. Familiarity with music theory is considered an asset, but is not mandatory. The teaching methods involve team-working within the class, so that single disciplinary gaps can be amended by cooperation. The course will be divided into groups of 4–6 students at the beginning of the course, so that the groups will have a broad range of competences. Part of the course work includes giving a presentation, so a certain familiarity with the use of the English language is recommended. Synopsis This course explores the development of the popular music style of Heavy Metal. The primary focus will be on the musical elements of the genre, its historical features and its relation to contemporary Western society. The final part of the course will focus on Finland, where HM is particularly successful and characterises musical culture more than in other European or non-European countries. Learning objectives The students will appreciate the importance of heavy metal music in Western musical culture, its historical development and the characteristics... [-]

Games and History: Playing with Time and Culture

Helsinki Summer School
Campus Full time 17 days August 2018 Finland Helsinki

This course takes a look at the continuously evolving field of board and video games from a historian’s viewpoint. Working with lectures, workshops and student presentations, it examines games as design, historiography, teaching aids and elements of historical and cultural consciousness. [+]

Best Summer Courses in History 2017/2018. Games and History: Playing with Time and Culture

ORGANISER: Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki Related Degree Programmes: Historian kandiohjelma Historian maisteriohjelma Kulttuuriperinnön maisteriohjelma Magisterprogrammet i kultur och kommunikation DATES: 8.-24.8.2017 PRICES: 850-1400 EUR CREDITS: 6 ECTS COORDINATOR: Derek Fewster Target students The course is designed for all interested students with some previous studies in History. It is recommended for students in their third year or beyond. The participants should also have a certain amount of experience from video games, organised role playing and/or board games (such as dealing with rule books, using game interfaces, grids or network providers [e.g. STEAM], and familiarity with basic structures and options of video games.) Students’ access to one or more games on the STEAM or some other game platform during the course is a necessity. Sufficient digital resources will be arranged for the students to be able to do the course assignments. Synopsis This course takes a look at the continuously evolving field of board and video games from a historian’s viewpoint. Working with lectures, workshops and student presentations, it examines games as design, historiography, teaching aids and elements of historical and cultural consciousness. The aims of the course are threefold. First, to provide the participants a basic cultural history of board and video games, as related to concepts found in modern Game Studies. Second, to present and discuss historical culture, images and presence in modern video and tabletop games. And... [-]

Summer Expedition to Communist Monuments of Bulgaria

Balkan Heritage Field School
Campus Full time 2 weeks June 2018 Bulgaria Sofia

The end of Second World War (1939-1945) marks a turning point in the history of East Europe. The Iron curtain and the Cold War divides Europe in two parts. The new socialist, pro-Soviet regimes to the East put the region in isolation from political and economic consensus of Western Europe – the so called Eastern Bloc is created. [+]

The end of Second World War (1939-1945) marks a turning point in the history of East Europe. The Iron curtain and the Cold War divides Europe in two parts. The new socialist, pro-Soviet regimes to the East put the region in isolation from political and economic consensus of Western Europe – the so called Eastern Bloc is created. The ideology of communism is imposed in all spheres of public life and it lasts almost half a century. As in all any other eras, culture and art are a mirror of social processes and for 45 years in East Europe they remain highly subordinate to the communist ideology and controlled by the ruling Communist parties. Today the most visible and intriguing evidences of this period are the giant monuments and monumental complexes built to last along with the Communist states. After the collapse of the socialist regimes in East Europe many of these monuments lost their meaning but still deserve attention for their monumental aesthetics and artistic value. Being abandoned and left with no or poor maintenance they slightly crumble down and disappear from the public memory while the ongoing debate about their destiny in East European countries has not finished yet. During the Cold War Bulgarian art culture exists on the curious border of overlapping multiple centres. Between East and West, local and global, Bulgarian art and architecture create their most successful projects in the period as domestic interpretations of the global trends at the time. As a result one... [-]

Crossroads I - The History and Culture of Central Europe

Collegium Civitas
Campus Full time 22 days June 2018 Poland Warsaw

Central Europe has been a flash point in world history for centuries. Control of the area has been contested both by imperial powers – above all Russia, Austria, Germany – and by the smaller nations in between. [+]

Best Summer Courses in History 2017/2018. Overview Central Europe has been a flash point in world history for centuries. Control of the area has been contested both by imperial powers – above all Russia, Austria, Germany – and by the smaller nations in between. Two world wars started in the region. To this day, the legacy of these conflicts and the resulting attitudes still have a major impact on the policy of countries from Russia to Poland to Germany. We will travel to Krakow, Poland’s cultural capital, and once the capital of the progressive Polish Kingdom that once housed the majority of the world’s Jews. Students will visit Kazimierz, Krakow’s Jewish quarter, which is one of the best preserved in Europe. We will see the former Ghetto area, the famous Schindler Factory, and tour Auschwitz-Birkenau. We will also discuss the current revival that Jewish culture is undergoing in Poland, as new festivals are launched and the local Jewish community grows, develops, and becomes part of a larger, successful Poland. We will also travel to Berlin to discuss how Central European issues continue to influence security policies worldwide. Berlin has profoundly influenced the politics and culture of the 20th century. Days in Berlin will include trips to the Reichstag, Stasi Headquarters, the Bauhaus Museum, the former Wall and Checkpoint Charlie. Alexandra Richie, author of Faust’s Metropolis, will lead students on a journey through the city showing both the tragedy and the triumph of the German capital. Entry qualification High school /... [-]