**Please note this course is now full**
Are you thinking of studying Humanities at university?
Located in the historic city of Edinburgh, students will embark on a scholarly adventure through a range of disciplines including literature, philosophy, history and art history. Students on this course will develop their academic skills and gain a fascinating insight into studying Humanities at university level. Using a range of modern and contemporary texts and artworks from Scotland, students will be introduced to relevant concepts and perspectives used in the study of the Humanities.
|Teaching fellow||Dr John Gordon|
Students must be in penultimate year of high school and aged 16-18
|Language requirements||Applicants should meet the minimum English language requirements in order to fully benefit from, and engage with, Summer School courses. Your English language ability must be equivalent to, or above, 6.5 IELTS overall with 5.5 in each component.|
|Dates||03 July-14 July 2023|
|Application deadline||17 May 2023 (17:00 - BST)|
Dr John Gordon is a Teaching Fellow in Humanities in the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning, where he has taught philosophy and the humanities since 1989. John received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh in 1998. He has a particular interest in interdisciplinary study, and the connections between philosophy, literature, art and music. As an experienced teacher, John has helped a wide range of students engage with challenging academic material in an accessible and appealing way. John has written and taught a range of courses for the University, ranging from ancient literature and history to contemporary philosophy.
This interdisciplinary course will introduce Humanities subjects such as literature, philosophy, history and art history. Students will learn to analyse and interpret a range of texts and artworks, drawing on a range of concepts and theoretical perspectives from across the Humanities. Interdisciplinarity will be fostered by intertextual reading (exploring the relationship between texts) of the works studied. The course will develop students’ academic skills related to the Humanities. In addition, there will be guided visits to some of Scotland’s national galleries and museums, and walking tours of historical Edinburgh.
The Pre-University Humanities course is for students who are interested in the interpretation and understanding of philosophical texts, historical events, literary and artworks. Examples from Scottish philosophy, literature, history and art history will be used to examine concepts and perspectives that are used in the study of these disciplines. Through lectures and tutorials, students will develop their skills in comprehension and analysis within a Humanities context. Lectures will frame texts and artworks within the cultural and historical context of the West, and through class discussion and group work, students will learn to compare these works from a multidisciplinary perspective. Students will also reflect on the role of the Arts and Humanities in contemporary society.
This course is designed to provide students with a study experience similar to what they will encounter in undergraduate study. Using a blend of text, audio and video, the course is intended to equip students with a range of skills to enhance independent learning in the Humanities. Classes will combine seminars, group work and academic skills sessions. Reading will be set in advance of each class, and students will be encouraged to discuss their understanding of these readings with the class.
This course will include walking tours of central Edinburgh. These may involve walking along crowded cobbled surfaces with steep inclines. Every effort will be made to make alternatives available for students with restricted mobility. Students with additional support needs can contact us to agree suitable adjustments.
Week 1 (03 July)
Mon - Fri (10:00-13:00)
Week 2 (10 July)
Mon - Fri (10:00-13:00)
All classes will be delivered in person at the University of Edinburgh’s Holyrood Campus.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the Humanities and an ability to think intertextually.
- Identify research and critical thinking skills which are integral to studying the Humanities.
- Appraise the role and importance of the Humanities in Western culture.
- Examine some key concepts and perspectives employed in the Humanities.
- Demonstrate development of key academic skills required for study of the Humanities at undergraduate level.
We want all Pre-University students to have a safe and enjoyable experience in Edinburgh. As such, we will arrange airport transfers for any Pre-University student who is travelling solo and not being accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Catered accommodation is provided as standard for all Pre-University students. This is included in the course fee. Offering easy access to the city it is overlooked by Arthur's Seat, one of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks!
In addition, Resident Assistants will be staying at the Pre-University accommodation for the entirety of the course. They will make sure students arrive and depart safely, help them settle in, check on everyone's well-being, and act as a first point of contact for any queries or concerns.