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

The Scottish Enlightenment in Context The Scottish Enlightenment in Context
  • Jun 2015
  • International £ 2,300 per module
  • Not specified

This course examines the philosophy, ethics, social and political thought, historiography, medicine and science, aesthetics, literature and culture, and religious thinking of the period of the Scottish Enlightenment. It also considers the influence of the Scottish Enlightenment on the education and politics of America.

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Edinburgh: City of Literature Edinburgh: City of Literature
  • Jun 2015
  • International £ 1,725 per module
  • Not specified

Edinburgh has an incredibly rich literary heritage and was the first city in the world to receive UNESCO City of Literature status. This course examines some of Edinburgh's most eminent literary talents, some Edinburgh locals and other Edinburgh visitors.

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Swahili (Beginners) A Swahili (Beginners) A
  • Jun 2015
  • 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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Dealing With Cultural Diversity: Theory and Practice Dealing With Cultural Diversity: Theory and Practice
  • Jul 2015
  • EEA € 900 per year
  • International € 900 per year
  • 1 months

Dealing With Cultural Diversity is open to students from all fields. This course is about globalization, migration, and internationalization. What does psychology have to say about societies that become more multicultural, international students, and diverse teams in organizations and at the workplace? How can psychology contribute to make organizations and societies more inclusive?

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Spanish Intermediate Summer Course  Spanish Intermediate Summer Course 
  • Aug 2015
  • EEA € 450 per year
  • International € 450 per year
  • 12 days

This course is as such a continuation of instruction in listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking, and writing, within a cultural context. Course participants are taught to conduct longer, more complex conversations and discussions in Spanish.

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Spanish Beginners Summer Course Spanish Beginners Summer Course
  • Jul 2015
  • EEA € 450 per year
  • International € 450 per year
  • 12 days

In this course you develop your reading, listening, writing, and speaking skills. You also work on your grammar and vocabulary. A number of cultural aspects of Spanish-speaking countries are discussed during the lessons.

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College Writing College Writing
  • Jun 2015
  • EEA € 3,248 per module
  • Non-EEA € 3,248 per module
  • Not specified

Taught through thematically-linked works of literature from the Ancient world to the present day. Stresses expository writing, accurate expression, and logical organization of ideas in academic writing. Recent themes include: Childhood, Friendship from Aristotle to Derrida, Social Organization and Alienation, Monstrosity, and Music and Literature. This course satisfies only 4 credits of the University's English requirement.

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English for Academic Purposes English for Academic Purposes
  • Jul 2015
    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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Pre-Sessional English Pre-Sessional English
  • Jun 2015
  • Jul 2015
  • 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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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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