Short Courses

Social, Political and Legal Studies

Our short courses in subjects including Law, Politics, Sociology, and International Relations offer an opportunity to engage with issues - such as crime, inequality and war - that affect us on a personal, national and global scale.

Courses marked as (credit) are open to everyone. As a credit student, you will matriculate as a student at the University of Edinburgh as part of the registration process for these courses. For more information, please visit the Studying for Credit pages.

Studying for Credit


Booking Deadline

Courses will close for booking 8 days before the course start date. Book early to secure your place and avoid disappointment!


Term 1 Courses (Starting September 2018)


Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Sociology (Credit)


Social Anthropology (Credit) *NEW 20 week course*
American Politics: Midterm Election 2018 
An Introduction to Political Theory (Credit)
International Human Rights Law

Term 2 Courses (Starting January 2019)


Political Economy and the World of Work (Credit)


Introduction to Scots Law
Scottish Politics
Understanding International Relations

Term 3 Courses (Starting April 2019)


Utopian Politics in Theory and Practice
Challenges in Statistics (Credit)
Introduction to Anthropology


For all general enquiries relating to the course, such as places available or location, please contact COL by phoning +44(0)131 650 4400 or emailing

Our Course Organisers can help you with enquiries about the academic content of courses.

Maximilian Jaede

  • Programmes: Social, Political and Legal Sciences; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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