Cultural Studies is a cross-disciplinary field that sets out to research, understand and describe the ways in which humans develop meaning for the world around them. It researches the practices, beliefs, customs, behaviour, values, art forms, etc. of human societies from all times, since antiquity until today.
With various focus points, the Cultural Studies field provides potential students with a wide choice of study. Having the possibility to focus on any meaningful artefact of culture, students can tackle: history, literature, film, photography, fashion, politics and much more. Combining theoretical research with practical insight, a professional of this filed is able to describe the consequences and influences of culture on the individual and societal behaviour and perception.
Having the knowledge of understanding of diverse ethical models and behaviour patterns and trends, a graduate of this discipline can be a key asset to the field of marketing for example. Public and private consultancy is another professional area in which graduates can become active.
The Brussels Summer School is centred on the theme of ‘Europe and the World’ which builds upon the academic strengths of the school. Within this context various sub-themes will be also covered, these include migration, the European Union’s (EU) relationship with emerging powers such as China, and the EU’s response to the global economic crisis.
The Amsterdam Summer School offers small-scale courses in a wide range of fields at an excellent research university, VU University Amsterdam. In the course Discover Dutch: Dutch Language and Culture you will learn to speak and understand the Dutch language at a basic level (CEFR A1). The course is very interactive in nature. You will work on your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, including vocabulary and grammar. Part of the lessons will take place in our state of the art digital language lab. Spend your summer studying a challenging and interdisciplinary topic in the vibrant city of Amsterdam!
The World of the High North - How does life in the northernmost part of the world affect nature resources, politics and economy? What is unique about this region? And how can its inhabitants be best prepared for the coming century? If you want to make a difference to the peoples of this region, and prefer an online study, we welcome you to this amazing multidisciplinary one-year experience. The study can be extended to a bachelor in Northern Studies. You will see the world with new eyes. In a good way.
Experiencing cross cultural misunderstandings seems to be more of a ‘rite of passage’ and not a fluke in our globalised times. We all have had at least one instance where cultural misunderstandings have misconstrued our message. Of course, this needn’t be the case, and as our markets turn outwardly in search of new horizons and business deals, it’s important not to commit the social and cultural faux-pas of days-gone-by.
This course is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the disciplines of International Relations, European Studies, Political Science and Turkish Studies. The aim of the course is to present a substantive overview of the drivers of Turkeys foreign policy in particular in relationship with its neighbourhoods — Western Europe, the Black Sea Region, the Caucasus and Russia, the Mediterranean and the Greater Middle East.
The Paris Summer School is focused on the theme of ‘Revolutions’. This allows students to explore how French culture has long been at the centre of innovation in the fields of architecture, film, literature, art, philosophy and drama. Students will spend two weeks in Paris in an interdisciplinary environment, attending seminars given by academics from the University of Kent and visiting important sites and museums related to the programme.
For the fourth time we invite guests from all over the world to participate in our Summer Educational Program “Russian Studies – Russia 2030”, that is distinguished by its futuristic directionality in combination with modern educational approach and fundamental scientific base. The School will be held on July, 28 - August, 18, 2014.
This course is designed mainly for those students that do not fulfil the entry requirements for the Higher Education in Design course - ( BA (Hons) Degree Programme - subject to validation by Middlesex University - London)
En rumbo: intermediate Spanish follows on from Portales: beginners’ Spanish (L194). It builds on your existing Spanish knowledge and teaches more advanced language in the context of Spanish and Latin American society and culture.
This key introductory Level 1 course – Bon départ: beginners' French – is designed to develop the skills you need to speak and understand simple French in everyday contexts.
It revises and consolidates the knowledge of German you already have and teaches more advanced language in the context of German-speaking countries and communities. Study resources – including printed course books and online interactive activities – are carefully designed to develop the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
This course follows on from Viento en popa: upper intermediate Spanish (L204). It continues to develop your knowledge and understanding of the society and culture of Spain and Latin America and to extend the practical skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.