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Top Summer Courses in London United Kingdom 2019/2020

Colleges and universities offer summer courses to students looking to continue their education during the summer months; a time when most students are on vacation. Students have the opportunity to earn credit for the following school year

Earning an advanced degree, like a Master of Arts, may advance a stalled career or help someone move in a new professional direction. These programs vary in length, but most take two to three years to complete with part-time or full-time course schedules.

UK, United Kingdom is more than 300 years old and comprises four constituent nations: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The UK has been a centre of learning for the past 1,000 years and possesses many ancient and distinguished universities. Foreign students make up a significant proportion of the student body at UK universities.

London is the capital of UK, the most populous region and where royal family lives. It has the largest concentration of higher education in Europe with 412 thousand students at 43 universities.

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SAMIAD

Samiad offers an English + Sightseeing programme which combines our excellent standard of English tuition with daily excursions to some of the most popular and culturally ... [+]

Our Colindale campus, based in the heart of London offers a unique experience for our students.

Just 20 minutes away from the main train stations of Kings Cross St Pancras and London Euston. This purpose-built facility offers residential accommodation and state of the art classroom facilities under one roof.

Samiad offers an English + Sightseeing programme which combines our excellent standard of English tuition with daily excursions to some of the most popular and culturally important sights that London has to offer! These include the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Buckingham Palace, and so much more!

In 2018 we welcomed over 130 students from 20 different nationalities to our Colindale centre!... [-]

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SOAS Summer School

This course is designed for individuals seeking to understand the reasons for the various international interventions in the Middle East since 1979 outside of the Israeli ... [+]

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This course is designed for individuals seeking to understand the reasons for the various international interventions in the Middle East since 1979 outside of the Israeli-Arab angle and what the impact of these interventions have been for local populations, societies, and states. This course examines the role of violence and warfare in the shaping of the Middle East, mainly in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Iran since 1979, emphasizing the impact of American and British interventions. The course explores the factors that led to intervention in the region and what the consequences have been for the regional and national politics and social history within the region. Although American and British foreign policymaking will figure prominently in our analysis, we will devote attention as well to why domestic regimes and groups took the paths that it did.... [-]

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SOAS Summer School

This course provides a critical introduction to the history, nature and impact of social protest and social movements, the politics of neoliberal development and rise of ... [+]

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This course provides a critical introduction to the history, nature and impact of social protest and social movements, the politics of neoliberal development and rise of NGOs into a global industry. It analyses how social movements and NGOs have interacted and influenced each other, and how they have globalised. It questions the notion of development as economic growth, assesses the critiques against NGOs as alternatives to state-led development models, considers the concept and the use of humanitarian intervention in diverse contexts, discusses the role of labour and labour organising alongside social movements and explores the extent to which movements are posing a challenge to neoliberal and capitalist development. Finally, it examines both the theoretical basis for social movement and NGO strategies for social change as well as their practical implications, and draws on a number of case studies, exploring what kind of development and social change is possible.... [-]

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SOAS Summer School

This course introduces students to the role of finance in the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy. Mitigating and adapting to climate change while simultaneou ... [+]

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This course introduces students to the role of finance in the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy. Mitigating and adapting to climate change while simultaneously realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires the deployment of large amounts of capital – capital which isn’t currently provided in sufficient amounts. Moreover, climate change poses a significant risk to economies and financial systems alike. At the same time, there are substantial opportunities in financing the green transformation and in aligning investments and finance with environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.

The course enables students to understand and apply key concepts in climate and sustainable finance, the role of climate and other environmental risks in creating potential financial risks in banking and capital markets, and the role of financial actors in driving a global transition and aligning capital markets with climate and sustainability goals.... [-]

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SOAS Summer School

This course examines the rapid developments in cinematic content in Asia in the representation of diverse sexualities and genders. The course will draw on mainstream film ... [+]

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This course examines the rapid developments in cinematic content in Asia in the representation of diverse sexualities and genders. The course will draw on mainstream film, independent film, mixed media and web series to investigate the complex issues at stake in discussing the notion of queer cinema in Asia. Film examples watched during the course will all come from across Asia, while secondary sources, both theoretical and examples of film analysis, will draw on Asian and Western contexts. While knowledge of one or more Asian languages is, of course, useful, it is by no means essential, and all key films will be subtitled. Any unsubtitled clips screened during lectures will be accompanied by detailed viewing notes.... [-]

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SOAS Summer School

From Donald Trump to Brexit to Jair Bolsonaro to Matteo Salvini to Narendra Modi to Viktor Orbán, right-wing populism seems to be advancing relentlessly around the world. ... [+]

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From Donald Trump to Brexit to Jair Bolsonaro to Matteo Salvini to Narendra Modi to Viktor Orbán, right-wing populism seems to be advancing relentlessly around the world. Meanwhile, already-existing authoritarian leaders like Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin are tightening their grip. Protest movements have emerged in Brazil, France, India and elsewhere, from left and right, united by their loss of faith in conventional (‘neoliberal’) democracy.

Have the things we have been taught to take for granted failed? Will all societies eventually become liberal democracies, are wars, domestic strife and authoritarian governments really things of the past, will capitalism endure indefinitely and is globalisation unstoppable? Why are so many societies buckling under pressure? What role do inequality, exploitation and environmental devastation play in this malaise? Why does immigration feature so prominently in populist campaigns? Why are so many young people cynical about democracy? What role does social media play in these social conflicts? Could conventional wars become a regular feature in the international system? What utopias move the world today? And – if democracies falter, what will replace them?... [-]

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SOAS Summer School

This course serves as an introduction to the politics of North Africa (Maghreb), the Arab East (Mashriq) including the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula, Israel, Turkey and ... [+]

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This course serves as an introduction to the politics of North Africa (Maghreb), the Arab East (Mashriq) including the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula, Israel, Turkey and Iran. It gives - on a country by county basis - an overview of the major political issues and developments in the region since the end of the First World War and addresses key themes in the study of contemporary Middle East politics, including: the role of the military, social and economic development, political Islam, and the recent uprisings (the 'Arab Spring').

Its aim is to develop the students' understanding of the major trends in the Middle East politics and their skills of political analysis through critical reading, lectures, presentations and informed discussion.... [-]

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SOAS Summer School

This course critically explores the contemporary global digital economy with an emphasis on social impact startups as drivers for positive economic and social change. Sit ... [+]

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This course critically explores the contemporary global digital economy with an emphasis on social impact startups as drivers for positive economic and social change. Situated at the Centre for Global Media and Communication in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at SOAS, it provides a unique combination of critical approaches to the emerging digital economy from the perspective of the Global South with practical hands-on knowledge of how to design and develop alternative business models for using digital technology for social change.

The course is structured around three parts. The first week explores the history of post-World War II digital economy and the emergence of the technology startup model as a driver for economic growth, the business and investment “ecosystem” associated with it, and its economic, political and social ramifications. It will draw on case studies from the global digital economy in themes such as big data, smart cities, e-health, mobile banking and AI. During the second week, students will engage with these academic and policy debates on the global digital economy to develop their own projects using digital technology for social good. During the final week, then, the students will, with the help of course convenors and mentors, develop business plans and presentations based on their critical ideas. This will culminate in a social impact incubator-style “pitch day” where students present their project ideas to a group of mock funders in order to get feedback and suggestions on their ideas and its sustainability in real-world situations.... [-]

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SOAS Summer School

This course provides a critical introduction to understanding the politics of climate change. It presents a critical perspective on the relationship between the environme ... [+]

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This course provides a critical introduction to understanding the politics of climate change. It presents a critical perspective on the relationship between the environment and development, nature, society and the Anthropocene, and focuses on the dynamics of socio-environmental change, giving attention to its material and economic, political and organisational as well as cultural and ideological dimensions.

A theoretical consideration of the history, politics and economics of climate change is the foundation of the course, followed by an interrogation of the diplomacy of climate change negotiations, including the Paris Agreement and the IPCC reports, feminist approaches to the environment and ecosocialism. Finally, the course examines contemporary questions to do with technology and the climate, racism and climate denial, and the potential of the movements to force governmental action on climate change.... [-]

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SOAS Summer School

This course offers an introduction to the theories and methods of studying culture and deals with the history and development of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) c ... [+]

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This course offers an introduction to the theories and methods of studying culture and deals with the history and development of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) culture from the classical period to the present. It examines the major cultural patterns and institutions of the MENA region.

The course is taught through a study of some lively topics such as religious and ethnic diversity, impact of the West, stereotyping, the role of tradition, education (traditional and modern), family structure and value, gender politics, media, life in city, town and village, labour and labour migration, the Palestinian refugee problem and exile communities, culinary cultures, music and media, etc.... [-]

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SOAS Summer School

This course consists of lectures, workshops, field trips and guided tours of London, together with a guided tour of a rural/coastal region in Sussex, namely the Cinque Po ... [+]

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This course consists of lectures, workshops, field trips and guided tours of London, together with a guided tour of a rural/coastal region in Sussex, namely the Cinque Port of Rye and its surrounds. It will offer a wide range of approaches and agendas (both theoretical and policy-related) about tourism, pilgrimage, cultural heritage, and travel more generally – including consideration of refugees and asylum seekers.

The course will be conducted in an intense, unique, and closely-knit environment providing first-class knowledge/practice of and in the field. The course is open to students in a variety of disciplines including anthropology, sociology, history, geography, development studies, international relations, art – as well as disciplines in Art+Humanities more generally.... [-]

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SOAS Summer School

Ever wondered how to begin a project? What does 'Research' mean? Or Simply how to turn a good idea into a well-formed report? Whatever the predicament, at whatever the le ... [+]

Programme Description

Ever wondered how to begin a project? What does 'Research' mean? Or Simply how to turn a good idea into a well-formed report? Whatever the predicament, at whatever the level, in both academic and professional settings, the Research Awareness: Design and Methodology summer school provides a unique opportunity to develop and hone your ability to conceptualise and develop your research skills.

We will tackle what it means to be a researcher from the ground up, starting with the fundamental building blocks of what constitutes 'research', how to go about it well and what pitfalls to avoid.

Your course leader is Dr J Simon Rofe, co-instructor of the biggest Research Methodology course globally through a Coursera MOOC, and for this summer school course, he is joined by fellow SOAS scholar Dr Ashley Cox. Together they will curate an exciting approach drawing upon the latest academic practice in learning and research design, and SOAS's wonderful local resources in the shape of the British Library, the British Museum, the Welcome Trust and Crick Institute.... [-]

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Learning a language enables you to communicate; it gives direct access to foreign-language sources. Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, un ... [+]

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Learning a language enables you to communicate; it gives direct access to foreign-language sources. Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, understanding, personal development and careers: languages set you free.

Choose to learn Japanese at level 1a (beginner) or level 1b (Advanced Beginner), or combine both levels over 4 weeks.

Japanese Level 1a (Beginner)

1 - 12 July 2019

This is a basic introductory language course in the written and spoken language for absolute beginners and is equivalent to the first term of Japanese language study at university. Students are not assumed to have any previous knowledge of the language or its script.... [-]

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This is a basic introductory language course in the written and spoken language for absolute beginners and is equivalent to the first term of Korean language study at uni ... [+]

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Learning a language enables you to communicate; it gives direct access to foreign-language sources. Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, understanding, personal development and careers: languages set you free.

Korean Level 1a (Beginner)

1 - 12 July 2019

This is a basic introductory language course in the written and spoken language for absolute beginners and is equivalent to the first term of Korean language study at university. Students are not assumed to have any previous knowledge of the language or its script.

The course covers several basic constructions of the language, enabling students to acquire basic skills in reading, writing, comprehension and speaking. Successful students will gain the ability to read and write short simple texts and communicate on simple everyday topics. Emphasis will be placed on good pronunciation and the social and linguistic conventions of everyday conversation.... [-]

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SOAS Summer School

Learning a language enables you to communicate; it gives direct access to foreign-language sources. Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, un ... [+]

Programme Description

Learning a language enables you to communicate; it gives direct access to foreign-language sources. Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, understanding, personal development and careers: languages set you free.

Choose to learn Chinese Mandarin at level 1a (beginner) or level 1b (Advanced Beginner), or combine both levels over 4 weeks.

Chinese Level 1a (Beginner)

1 - 12 July 2019

This is a basic introductory language course in the written and spoken language for absolute beginners and is equivalent to the first term of Chinese language study at university. Students are not assumed to have any previous knowledge of the language or its script.... [-]

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