Short Courses in Language, Literature and Cultural Studies

The discipline of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies is concerned with the relation and interaction between Language and Literature in a certain Cultural environment.

Language studies or linguistics is a science that tackles language from the perspective of structure, form, meaning and context, while literature is the art of the written composition, divided in poetry, prose and theatre. The complex discipline of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies aims at enabling the student to build a deep understanding of a culture based on the language and literature of that culture. Language and literature are both a very powerful expression tools and they offer insight into the building elements of a culture, the particular characteristics of a society or social group in terms of spirituality, intellect, emotion and physical environment. These two forms of expression are some of the strongest transmission channels of the cultural heritage of a society and researching those helps understand the drivers and mechanisms of the culture in question.

This fascinating discipline helps to understand and value the cultural diversity of the human society that is becoming more and more globalized and detached to specific culture. Being aware of the different cultural backgrounds of the members of our cross-cultural environment helps not only preserve the valuable artefacts and manifestations of that culture, but also to better communicate and cooperate in our day to day activity.

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Suggested Short Courses Programmes

Swahili (Beginners) A Swahili (Beginners) A
  • Jun 2016
  • International £ 2,300 per module
  • Not specified

Swahili A and Swahili B are interconnected courses that provide a contemporary, exciting, immersive and intensive introduction to the Swahili language – the most international and widely spoken of the indigenous languages on the African continent.

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English Language for Academic Purposes English Language for Academic Purposes
  • Dec 2015
  • EEA € 2,800 per module
  • Non-EEA € 2,800 per module
  • Not specified

This four-week course will give you the opportunity to learn high-level academic English as part of Durham University’s International Summer School. On this course we will teach you some of the key academic skills students need to be successful at a British university.

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Exploring Personal & Collective Stories Through Enactment Exploring Personal & Collective Stories Through Enactment
  • Jul 2016
  • International £ 1,725 per module
  • Not specified

Stories are central to our lives as humans. Telling stories, listening to them, and enacting them are ancient and powerful ways of making personal and collective meaning, ritually moving through rites of passage, learning, healing, problem-solving, imagining possibilities, and sustaining our connection with other humans and all life.

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Swahili (Beginners) B Swahili (Beginners) B
  • Jul 2016
  • International £ 2,300 per module
  • Not specified

Swahili A and Swahili B are interconnected courses that provide a contemporary, exciting, immersive and intensive introduction to the Swahili language – the most international and widely spoken of the indigenous languages on the African continent.

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Nineteenth Century European Literature (Online) Nineteenth Century European Literature (Online)
  • Sep 2015
  • 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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Italian Renaissance Italian Renaissance
  • Any time
  • National $ 199 per module
  • International $ 199 per module
  • Not specified

When you think of the Italian Renaissance, chances are you think of what it gave us. The extraordinary sculptures of Michelangelo. The incomparable paintings of Leonardo da Vinci. The immortal written works of Petrarch and Machiavelli. But have you ever wondered why there was such an artistic, cultural and intellectual explosion in Italy at the start of the 14th century?

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Life Lessons from the Great Myths Life Lessons from the Great Myths
  • Any time
  • National $ 84 per module
  • International $ 84 per module
  • Not specified

Hector and Achilles clash on the battlefields of Troy. Arthur discovers a magical sword and becomes a powerful British king. Jesse James pulls off daring crimes across the American frontier. Myths and stories such as these have captivated billions of people throughout human history. But these and other moments are more than just mere entertainment; they also serve a more important purpose.

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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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Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write About Anything Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write About Anything
  • Any time
  • National $ 214 per module
  • International $ 214 per module
  • Not specified

Delivered by Professor Dorsey Armstrong of Purdue University—whose work with students involves the art and craft of analytical and persuasive writing—this course immerses you in the elements of successful writing. With its engaging literary and everyday examples, inspirational prompts, and unforgettable insights, Analysis and Critique makes the perfect reference guide for both professional and casual writers.

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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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English for Academic Purposes English for Academic Purposes
  • Jul 2016
    Not specified
  • Not specified

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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