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Most colleges and universities offer summer courses for students looking to fill in their summer break with something usable for their future careers. These courses are great for students who still need to fulfill academic requirements or students who are looking to supplement their studies while earning credit.

What is a summer course in philosophy? Philosophy seeks to explore and understand the universe humans experience through rational tools such as logic and reasoning. Though at times it can be a heavy and profound subject, there are summer courses that can offer introductory or more focused study in topics such as practical reasoning, logic, history of classical philosophy or modern ethics. Students should expect to use their critical thinking and analytical skills to a great degree while studying the works of well-known philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Marx and Nietzsche.

Studying philosophy forces students to ask questions of ideas people are tempted to be complacent about. Learning the Socratic method of questioning will help students develop their critical thinking skills, making them able to solve difficult problems while equipping them with the tools to handle ethical issues. Studying philosophy can also help students write more clearly and logically.

Taking a summer course in philosophy can be a life-changing experience, and many schools offer programs accessible to students of all backgrounds. Kinds of programs – and their associated lengths and costs – differ depending on the university or college.

While the nature of philosophy is abstract, the skills learned from pursuing this interest is immensely valuable in the 21st century workforce. Students of philosophy often look for careers in law, medicine, politics, civil service or education. Philosophy is a great preparation for a law career, and many students might find careers as lawyers and attorneys. Other students potentially become psychiatrists and health researchers, administrators, stockbrokers and venture capitalists, managers and publishers among many other positions. Some philosophy students might consider continuing their education at another institution.

Courses in philosophy are available internationally, too, and it only takes a few minutes to find opportunities. To learn more, 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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Novosibirsk State University

The course is aimed at establishing a new area of study, based on a comparative analysis of Western and Eastern cultural patterns. The study of inter-cultural dynamics wi ... [+]

Who are we?

Novosibirsk State University is located at the heart of Akademgorodok, a world-famous research center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It was founded in the 1960s in the Siberian taiga as the birth place for new ideas and technologies. Now it's a world-class research and educational cluster with 35 research institutes, innovative Technopark and the University at the heart of this well-balanced system.

The main areas of training and research:

Elementary particle physics, Photonics and Quantum Optics, Research of the Arctic, Cancer Therapy Innovation, Chemistry, Materials and Technologies, Genomic Technologies, Biomarkers and Social Behavior, Archeology, Computer Science, Economics and Sociology... [-]

Russia Novosibirsk
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Full-time
2 weeks
Campus
University of St Andrews - International Summer Programmes

The University of St Andrews International Summer Programme offers students aged 16 to 18 the opportunity to experience lectures and tutorials taught in the Scottish acad ... [+]

Summary

The University of St Andrews International Summer Programme offers students aged 16 to 18 the opportunity to experience lectures and tutorials taught in the Scottish academic tradition. During their time in St Andrews students will become familiar with a number of the same lecturers and tutors that they could potentially encounter while pursuing an undergraduate degree in an ancient institution ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2018, Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017).

Moral Philosophy

The Moral Philosophy course allows prospective students to experience a course delivered by faculty from one of the top-rated philosophy departments in the UK. The focus of the three weeks will be the most fundamental practical question: “What should I do?” during the module the following shall be explored and discussed:... [-]

United Kingdom Saint Andrews
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Full-time
3 weeks
Campus
Immerse Education

Philosophy is a broad subject that permeates many fields across the humanities and social sciences, something secondary school students do not always have the opportunity ... [+]

Philosophy Summer Programme Overview: Programme: Philosophy university insights Fee: £4,495 Course Length: 2 weeks Course Type: Residential Locations: Cambridge University colleges Cambridge Philosophy Summer School Summary

Philosophy is a broad subject that permeates many fields across the humanities and social sciences, something secondary school students do not always have the opportunity to appreciate. The Immerse Philosophy summer school course in Cambridge allows participants to gain an insight into what the study of Philosophy at university level entails: from the introduction of new material to writing good essays, to forming and defending an argument.

For many secondary school students, the study of Philosophy at university is new and potentially daunting. Through Immerse Education’s Philosophy summer programme, designed and taught by experts from the world’s leading universities, participants will not only be introduced to key themes and areas of philosophical discussion but also to the theories of famous philosophers who have contributed to such debates. In addition, regardless of the extent of participants’ past experience studying philosophy, the small class sizes on our philosophy summer programme will ensure they will be both challenged and supported in carefully planned classes that encourage tutor-student engagement and debate.... [-]

United Kingdom Cambridge
July 2020
Full-time
2 weeks
Campus