Short Courses in Humanities

The field of humanities encompasses academic disciplines that study human condition and the essence of what it means to be human in a fast changing world. Humanities are similar to liberal arts in many ways and the two terms are sometimes interchangeable. Many study programmes offered by humanities departments can also be listed as social sciences, because they deal with the study of human behaviour and society.

Academic programmes in humanities cover a broad, interdisciplinary study of society and culture throughout history. Practitioners use methods that are primarily analytic, critical, or speculative to study subjects belonging to languages, literature, law, history, philosophy, religion, visual and performing arts, and others. Music studies also fit the field of humanities, as music is used to broaden capabilities of non-musicians by teaching skills such as concentration and listening.

Studies in humanities help students develop a broad understanding of cultural expression and improve their analytical and communication skills. Students can improve their understanding of society through satisfying their intellectual curiosity in subjects such as philosophy, art, history and literature with an emphasis on multiculturalism.

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Suggested Short Courses Programmes

English for Academic Purposes English for Academic Purposes
  • Jul 2016
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We are considering a new ‘English for Academic Purposes’ course in 2016, which will focus more specifically on using written, spoken and listening skills as they relate to Academic Training and Development. The two-week course would run as a stand-alone option, but participants would gain most from this programme if it is followed with a two-week Summer School, in History, Literature, Science or Interdisciplinary Studies.

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Building a Better Vocabulary Building a Better Vocabulary
  • Any time
  • National $ 99 per module
  • International $ 99 per module
  • Not specified

Building a Better Vocabulary,taught by Professor Kevin Flanigan of West Chester University of Pennsylvania, offers an intriguing look at the nuts and bolts of English, teaches you the etymology (history) and morphology (structure) of words, and delves into the cognitive science behind committing new words to long-term memory.

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The Philosopher's Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room The Philosopher's Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room
  • Any time
  • National $ 214 per module
  • International $ 214 per module
  • Not specified

The Philosopher’s Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room offers the skills to do just that. Taught by award-winning Professor Patrick Grim of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, this applied philosophy course arms you against the perils of bad thinking and supplies you with an arsenal of strategies to help you be more creative, logical, inventive, realistic, and rational in all aspects of your daily life, from the office to the voting booth.

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Pre-Sessional English Pre-Sessional English
  • Jun 2016
  • Jul 2016
  • Oct 2015
  • Nov 2015
  • EEA £ 2,279 per module
  • Non-EEA £ 2,279 per module
  • Not specified

A short, intensive preparation course for students due to start their course in September Academically qualified students who have already been accepted into a University undergraduate or postgraduate course can use this course to improve their English quickly. Eligible students will receive a joint CAS for their Pre-sessional English course and GCU programme.

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Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean
  • Any time
  • National $ 199 per module
  • International $ 199 per module
  • Not specified

Professor Garland has spent his entire career immersed in classical studies and in the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome. His academic research focuses on the cultural, religious, social, and political histories of these two civilizations. He has written numerous books on subjects ranging from the politics of Athenian religion and disability in the Greco-Roman world to daily life in ancient Greece and the idea of celebrity in antiquity. Delight in the wide variety of sources—literature, archaeology, the visual arts, coinage, inscriptions—that he draws upon in order to assemble a fascinating and complex picture of these two great civilizations. Value his mastery of detail on his subject, as he helps you to reach important conclusions from an analysis of the shared cultural features of Greece and Rome. And appreciate how Dr. Garland always keeps Greece and Rome focused on how this material affects us in the present day.

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Nineteenth Century European Literature (Online) Nineteenth Century European Literature (Online)
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 245 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 295 per year
  • 3 months

Nineteenth- century literature was diverse, exciting and mobile; literary movements were not restricted to single countries, but developed through crossing linguistic and geographic boundaries. This course is for anyone who is interested in nineteenth-century literature and society, and will also appeal to anyone who would like to gain a greater sense of how literature transformed throughout the nineteenth century.

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English Language English Language
  • Any time
  • National $ 166 per module
  • International $ 329 per module
  • Not specified

The English Language Proficiency Program is not an undergraduate program; it is a program comprising specific courses that will help prepare students, particularly those who are not native English speakers, for success in three areas.

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French Language Proficiency French Language Proficiency
  • Any time
  • National $ 166 per module
  • International $ 329 per module
  • 12 months

The program allows students to be immersed in French courses. Completion of the certificate provides functional competence in oral and written French.

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General English Year Abroad General English Year Abroad
  • Any time
  • EEA £ 4,344 per module
  • Non-EEA £ 4,344 per module
  • 6 months

Long term courses of six or nine months of General English with additional special interest areas such as British culture and society, English literature, advanced grammar and vocabulary, and business English.

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A Level English Literature A Level English Literature
  • Any time
  • EEA £ 330 per module
  • Non-EEA £ 330 per module
  • Not specified

The English Literature A Level course will open up the world of classic and contemporary literature, helping you to become a confident reader of a range of texts and improving your ability to respond to and analyse what you read. Studying English literature broadens your horizons intellectually and career-wise, as it helps you to develop valuable analytical and expressive skills that are highly prized by any employer.

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English Poetry of the First World War (Online) English Poetry of the First World War (Online)
  • Jan 2016
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 245 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 295 per year
  • 3 months

Some of the most powerful and moving English poetry of the modern period was written during or about the First World War. This course examines the context of that poetry and issues involved in studying it by exploring the life and writing of three major war poets: Owen, Rosenberg and Sassoon, amongst others.

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