International Relations Summer School in Cambridge

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Academic exploration for 13-15 years old

Programme Overview:

  • Programme: International Relations
  • Fee: £4,495
  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Course Type: Residential
  • Locations: Cambridge University colleges

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Summary

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Are you interested in political and social issues facing your country and the rest of the world? Do you often wonder just how governments run, and how their decisions affect not only their own country but global society as a whole? Whether you’re planning on studying political or social science, law or even international business management in the future, our Immerse International Relations summer programme will provide you with solid foundational knowledge to build upon. You’ll gain a crucial understanding of the current global political, economic and social order and the factors which influence them. This course is designed to produce global citizens, aware of the theoretical frameworks with which to approach global political, economic and social issues.

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Summary

Do you want to influence the socio-political agenda of your country, or the rest of the world? Do you often wonder just how governments run, and how their decisions affect not only their own country but society as a whole? Whether you’re planning on studying political or social science, law or even international business management in the future, our Immerse International Relations summer programme will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge to build upon. You’ll gain a crucial understanding of the current global political, economic and social order and the factors which influence them. This course is designed to produce global citizens, aware of the theoretical frameworks with which to approach global political, economic and social issues.

Socio-political instability is becoming an increasingly globalised, rather than national concern. Young students today will be introduced to the changing dynamics of international relations, laying the foundations of their futures. 

Immerse is an inspirational academic programme for the intellectually curious

International Relations Summer School Key Benefits

Grasp the guiding principles and ideas of International Relations theory

Explore the latest scholarly debates surrounding the changing nature of International Relations

Review the role institutions play in governing international politics

Understand the internal structure of International Governance Organisations

Assess the EU’s capabilities as a political actor in internal and external affairs

Engage with complex topics and contribute to debates in small classes of like-minded students

Topics Covered

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You’ll be introduced to the main goals, concepts and ideas in the field of International Relations to get a broad understanding of its history and importance in the politics of today. Focus will be given to the two foundational approaches to International relations, Realism and Liberalism and how they are represented through the lens of war. This class will also explore the role of ideas in International Relations. You will discover the part international organisations play in governing international politics, how they are set up and how they operate. You’ll also be able to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the European Union in today’s increasingly globalised world.

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Through a review of the foreign policy of the USA, you’ll be able to see how it has contributed to the global practice of modern international relations. From there, focus will be given to other regions in the world that have contributed to new approaches within this field of study. By studying China’s growing international presence you will begin to understand the rise of emerging and new powers in the global political landscape. Using systemic approaches you will also be exposed to how Middle Eastern politics has affected contemporary international relations policies.

Core topics and themes covered in this course:

  • Ideas in International Relations
  • Liberalism
  • Realism
  • Constructivism
  • The Study of International Organisations
  • Global Political Powers and their International Relations Policies

Topics Covered

Participants will be introduced to the main goals, concepts and ideas in the field of International Relations to get a broad understanding of its history and importance in the politics of today. Focus will be given to the two foundational approaches to International Relations, Realism and Liberalism and how they are represented through the lens of war. This class will also explore the role of ideas in International Relations. Participants will discover the part international organisations play in governing international politics, how they are set up and how they operate. They will also analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the European Union in today’s increasingly globalised world.

Through a review of the foreign policy of the USA, participants will gain perspective on how it has contributed to the global practice of modern international relations. From there, focus will be given to other regions in the world that have contributed to new approaches within this field of study. By studying China’s growing international presence participants will begin to understand the impact of emerging and new powers in the global political landscape. Using systemic approaches participants will also be exposed to how Middle Eastern politics has affected contemporary international relations policies.

Core topics and themes covered in this course:

  • Ideas in International Relations
  • Liberalism
  • Realism
  • Constructivism
  • The Study of International Organisations
  • Global Political Powers and their International Relations Policies

The Immerse programme covers a unique mix of important
theory and practical knowledge. Learn more about the topics covered in this
course by requesting a free course syllabus

Course Outcomes

The core outcome of this course is to get a holistic understanding of the field of international relations and how it affects the practice of politics globally. Beginning with the basics and ensuring a good understanding of the leading principles and theories behind international relations, students are given the opportunity to interpret the role of international actors, institutions and nation states. Applying this knowledge to current real-world circumstance, including the rise of Chinese power and the role Middle Eastern politics plays in determining how other nations states define their foreign policy activities, students will be able to see how modern world circumstance changes our understanding and approach to this field of study.

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In completing the course, students will:

  • Understand how IR fits into political science; the differences between ‘international’ and ‘global’ politics; and state power’s importance and origins.
  • Compare how Realism and Liberalism explain the causes of war differently and how these factors influence trade expectations.
  • Be exposed to new IR approaches to contemporary global politic and how new identities shape global politics through an analysis of Huntington’s theory.
  • Explore global governance institutions’ role in international politics, their impact and relevance in fluctuating socio-political landscapes
  • Assess the EU’s capabilities as a political actor in internal and external affairs; origins of its power; the future for similar organisations.
  • Asses key elements which shape US foreign policy and understand the limitations new presidents have in determining its outcome.
  • Understand how emerging powers are poised to undermine a unipolar order to create a multipolar future by challenging the status quo.
  • Dissect political, economic and cultural elements in the Middle East regional system; impacts of external interference in Middle Eastern politics.

Students in this course will receive personalised feedback from their tutors about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

Course Outcomes

The core outcome of this course is to get a holistic understanding of the field of International Relations and how it affects the practice of politics globally. Beginning with the basics and ensuring a good understanding of the leading principles and theories behind International Relations, participants are given the opportunity to interpret the role of international actors, institutions and nation states. They will apply this knowledge to current real-world circumstance, including the rise of Chinese power and the role Middle Eastern politics plays in determining how other nations states define their foreign policy activities. Participants will be able to see how modern world circumstance changes our understanding and approach to this field of study.

In completing the course, participants will:

  • Understand how IR fits into political science; the differences between ‘international’ and ‘global’ politics; and state power’s importance and origins.
  • Compare how Realism and Liberalism explain the causes of war differently and how these factors influence trade expectations.
  • Be exposed to new IR approaches to contemporary global politic and how new identities shape global politics through an analysis of Huntington’s theory.
  • Explore global governance institutions’ role in international politics, their impact and relevance in fluctuating socio-political landscapes
  • Assess the EU’s capabilities as a political actor in internal and external affairs; origins of its power and the future for similar organisations.
  • Assess key elements which shape US foreign policy and understand the limitations new presidents have in determining its outcome.
  • Understand how emerging powers are poised to undermine a unipolar order to create a multipolar future by challenging the status quo.
  • Dissect political, economic and cultural elements in the Middle East regional system and the impacts of external interference in Middle Eastern politics.

Students in this course will receive personalised feedback from their tutors about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

Timetable

The Immerse summer programme schedule is packed with a wide range of unique academic and extracurricular activities.

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Participants start off the day with breakfast in the main college dining hall, with a variety of continental and hot breakfast choices available. This is followed by the first academic session of the day, which takes place in a seminar or lecture format. Participants are then guided to lunch at some of Cambridge’s finest sandwich bars and cafés, and are welcome to explore the city in small groups. Following lunch, academic sessions continue in the format of small tutorial groups or workshops. After all the core academic sessions are finished, students are treated to one of a wide range of excursions and cultural activities, including punting, museum visits and sports activities. A three course dinner in the college dining hall is then followed by an evening social event to help participants wind down and socialise after a packed day.

The timetable shown to the side offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

Timetable

The timetable shown below offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

A typical day

 
 
08:00 - 09:30
Breakfast
09:30 - 11:30
Morning academic session
11:30 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 15:30
Afternoon academic session
16:00 - 18:00
Academic workshop / Afternoon activity
18:00 - 19:15
Dinner
19:30 - 22:00
Evening social event
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Case Studies

Greetje Huisman, Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles

2016 International Relations Alumna

Greetje participated in our International Relations programme in 2016. Here's what she has to say about her time with Immerse Education:

The most inspirational thing about studying with Immerse was being taken seriously by our tutors and having interesting discussions with them, being seen as a student instead of as a highschool kid. On the back of my experience, I have begun studying a bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences (with a focus on psychology and neuroscience) in Maastricht, and travelled to Australia to do a semester abroad in Sydney. Soon I will return to the Netherlands, write my final thesis and hopefully graduate from my bachelor with a view to starting a Master's degree.

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Overall, studying with Immerse was a really fun experience, in which I met a lot of new people, learned many interesting things and participated in a lot of cool activities. I would love to go back to Cambridge again, as it is a really beautiful and fun city. Furthermore, I am now probably more likely to start a conversation with new people, I have definitely become less shy.

Learn more about our alumni's exciting journeys on our Alumni Success page

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment...MORE

...that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

Graduation & Participant Assessment

The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. 

Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

Ready to enrol?

The International Relations Summer School is available on the following dates:

4th – 17th August 2019

About the University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities, founded in 1209 when a group of scholars left the University of Oxford. The history, influence and alumni of the university is world renown, having educated the likes of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking and many more - including 118 Nobel laureates and 15 British Prime Ministers.

Cambridge University is a group of 31 self-governing colleges that come under the overall ‘Cambridge University’ umbrella, each with its own distinctive character. This set up also makes it one of the most architecturally interesting and beautiful towns in the world, and walking down the streets of Cambridge it’s easy to see the varied mix of styles of the university colleges that dominates the town. All of our participants live and learn in the inspirational surroundings during the academic programme.

Immerse Education's programmes in Cambridge take place in the beautiful colleges of the University of Cambridge. Immerse Education is not affiliated with Cambridge University.

The International Relations Programme takes place in the following locations

Queens' College
University of Cambridge

Queens' spans both sides of the River Cam and is connected by the famous mathematical bridge.

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Founded in 1448

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Colleges are allocated according to session preference and availability. To find out more, please email enquiries@165.22.154.168

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