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 2019)


Introduction to Scots Law

Debating Current Affairs *NEW*

Politics and International Relations (Credit - 20 weeks) *NEW*

Social Anthropology (Credit - 20 weeks)

Understanding Economics *NEW*

Term 2 Courses (Starting January 2020)


Smith's Wealth of Nations *NEW*


Understanding Economics *NEW*

Democracy in Theory and Practice (Credit) *NEW*

Scottish Politics

Term 3 Courses (Starting April 2020)


An Introduction to Social Anthropology *NEW*

Marx’s Capital *NEW*


The Welfare State in Global Perspective (Credit)

Important Information

For enquiries about the content of the courses in this subject area, please contact the Course Organiser - Maximilian Jaede -

For all general enquiries, please contact us on 0131 650 4400 or