Summer course in History

Top Summer Courses 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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Hidden Lives: Discovering Women’s History

Summer at Smith College
Campus 14 days July 2019 USA Northampton

Smith College and the surrounding area are home to unparalleled collections and cultural heritage institutions that offer an immersive experience in women's history. During your time at Smith, we will explore women's lives through archival research, visits to local museums and tours of historic sites. With a focus on women and social change, you will be introduced to women who have altered the course of American history through reform, mobilization, cultural interventions and outright rebellion. [+]

July 22—August 4, 2018

Smith College and the surrounding area are home to unparalleled collections and cultural heritage institutions that offer an immersive experience in women's history.

During your time at Smith, we will explore women's lives through archival research, visits to local museums and tours of historic sites. With a focus on women and social change, you will be introduced to women who have altered the course of American history through reform, mobilization, cultural interventions and outright rebellion.

Curriculum

In Smith's special collections we will look at the letters, diaries, photographs, and manifestos that chronicle personal and political revolutions over the past 150 years. We will get to know the first generation of college women through the institutional archives of Smith and Mt. Holyoke. And we will explore feminist art in the Smith College Museum of Art.... [-]


EUROPEAN UNION: HISTORY, INSTITUTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SUMMER COURSE

Audencia Business School
Campus Full time 1 - 8 weeks June 2019 France Nantes Toulouse + 1 more

This course analyses different aspects of the European Union. It provides a deeper understanding of the United States and Europe’s long-term relationship, especially in terms of economic issues following World War II and the implementation of the Marshall Plan. [+]

EUROPEAN UNION: HISTORY, INSTITUTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SUMMER COURSE June 18 – June 22 Course description

This course analyses different aspects of the European Union. It provides a deeper understanding of the United States and Europe’s long-term relationship, especially in terms of economic issues following World War II and the implementation of the Marshall Plan. We strongly recommend that students taking this course participate in the trip to Brussels at the end of the program.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will understand what the EU is, how it works, and the major internal and external challenges it faces.

Course leader Christopher Griffin, adjunct professor at the Institute Catholique de Rennes... [-]


Summer course in Cultural Anthropology, Ancient History and Archaeology of Siberia

Novosibirsk State University
Campus 2 weeks August 2019 Russia Novosibirsk

This school is for students of archaeology, history and culture anthropology specialization, which study the history of Huns and Turkic Khaganate in Siberia in I millennium AD. [+]

This school is for students of archaeology, history and culture anthropology specialization, which study the history of Huns and Turkic Khaganate in Siberia in I millennium AD.

Students will perform archaeological excavations on a monument of the Tashtyk period called «burial ground Tes' Bay 3» (Tesinski zaliv 3). This archaeological site is researched by the Department of Archeology and Ethnography of Novosibirsk state university. The site is located on the river bank of Yenisei River and has more than 80 archaeological objects.

Leading experts of archaeologists from Novosibirsk state university and Khakassia state university will give lectures for students. Students can visit the most famous archaeological monument in this area, museums and national park of Khakassia and Krasnoyarsk region. Students will live in an archaeological camp in tents. Food will be cooked in the field kitchen. ... [-]


London Summer - UK Today

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 7 weeks June 2019 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. [+]

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.... [-]


Introduction to Conceptual History

Helsinki Summer School
Campus Full time 11 days August 2019 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. [+]

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.... [-]


UPC’s Summer School

Universidad Privada De Ciencias Aplicadas
Campus Full time March 2019 Peru Lima

Our Summer Program offers students the opportunity to enroll in specialized courses as related to their fields of study. Student learning takes place in unique and exciting settings and is guided by professional instruction, in English, from experts from various disciplines related to tourism, architecture, business, communications and journalism, fashion design, gastronomy, music, photography, among others. [+]

UPC’s comprehensive international programs offer students the possibility of attaining hands-on experience through accredited classroom education, culturally significant excursions, service - learning, joint research, and/or unique internship opportunities.

SUMMER TERM IN PERU

Our Summer Program offers students the opportunity to enroll in specialized courses as related to their fields of study. Student learning takes place in unique and exciting settings and is guided by professional instruction, in English, from experts from various disciplines related to tourism, architecture, business, communications and journalism, fashion design, gastronomy, music, photography, among others. Since valuable learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom, UPC offers robust array of optional fee-based trips, including but not limited to: Machu-Picchu, Cusco, the Nazca Lines, Historical and Natural Reserves, the Amazon Jungle, and more, all of which are available during weekends. To maintain the academic integrity of these optional excursions, all optional activities include an academic component led by experts in the respective field of study.... [-]


International Summer school, topic 2 - From Barter to Bitcoins: The Cultural Life of Money

University of Southampton
Campus Full time 4 weeks July 2019 United Kingdom Southampton

This course explores what money really is. It expands our everyday perceptions of coins and notes by looking at the ways in which artists, writers and philosophers have revealed the social and political assumptions that money relies upon. The first class will introduce you to money’s contested histories, exploring how histories of barter have been placed against histories of debt and what this means for how money functions in contemporary economies. The second class will introduce you to the ways in which artists and writers have imagined alternative forms of money, exploring examples from counterfeiting to the gift economy. The final class explores what money means in our contemporary moment: analysing the social relations, and problems, that digital money brings. [+]

Spend your summer becoming part of a world-class university

When you join the International Summer School 2018, you are booking your place to become part of an internationally recognised centre for world-class research, enterprise and learning. Across four weeks, 16 July to 10 August 2018, you will meet many of the students and staff that make the University of Southampton one of the top 1% of universities in the world.

Mixing with students and staff from across the world in the classroom, as you make the most of our modern campus facilities, or while you are relaxing in your comfortable hall of residence, you'll make friends and gain experiences to take home that are unique.... [-]


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.... [-]


Games and History: Playing with Time and Culture

Helsinki Summer School
Campus Full time 17 days August 2019 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. [+]

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.)... [-]


Summer Expedition to Communist Monuments of Bulgaria

Balkan Heritage Field School
Campus Full time 2 weeks June 2019 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... [-]


LAS Summer Academic Program Course

Leysin American School
Campus Full time 2 weeks June 2019 Switzerland Leysin

The LAS Summer Academic Program consists of two streams. The first, our “Accelerator” program, provides a clear focus on core school subjects. The second, our “Explorer” program, allows students to discover a range of fascinating topics that support the development of key skills in, particularly alternative subjects. Both programs bring the classroom out into the real world in order to take what the students have learned and apply them to practical situations. Students will select two courses from any of the subjects offered. [+]

The LAS Summer Academic Program consists of two streams. The first, our “Accelerator” program, provides a clear focus on core school subjects. The second, our “Explorer” program, allows students to discover a range of fascinating topics that support the development of key skills in, particularly alternative subjects. Both programs bring the classroom out into the real world in order to take what the students have learned and apply them to practical situations. Students will select two courses from any of the subjects offered.

Accelerator courses offered – Summer 2018 Mathematics

Mathematics is prevalent in almost every aspect of our lives. Math theories, concepts, and principles are the foundation of the economy, time, measurements, engineering, and even the arts. For this reason, it is clear that students need to have a solid working knowledge of mathematics. This course is designed to strengthen students’ math comprehension. Not only will it expose students to the way math is used in science, technology, and engineering, it will also help students understand statistics, practice reasoning skills, and strengthen their critical thinking.... [-]


Crossroads I - The History and Culture of Central Europe

Collegium Civitas
Campus Full time 22 days June 2019 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. [+]

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.... [-]


Heavy Metal Music in Contemporary History and Society

Helsinki Summer School
Campus Full time 17 days August 2019 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.... [-]


Summer Course in Culture and Society in the Scottish Enlightenment

The University of Edinburgh Summer School
Campus 2 weeks July 2019 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 Enlightenment, including 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.... [-]


The Scottish Enlightenment in Context

The University of Edinburgh Summer School
Campus Full time 4 - 4 weeks June 2019 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. [+]

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.... [-]