International Relations Summer School in Cambridge

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International Relations Summer Programme Overview:

  • Programme: International Relations university insights
  • Price: £4,495
  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Course Type: Residential
  • Locations: Cambridge, UK

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Summary

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The Immerse Education International Relations summer course aims to provide high school students with an understanding of the main approaches used to explain the current global political, economic and social order. The field of International Relations embraces a wide range of topics and questions and the cacophony of theories, practical examples, and approaches not only makes International Relations a highly engaging discipline, but also a wide-ranging and challenging one!

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International Relations is the study of politics beyond the state. This seemingly clear-cut definition is understood differently by experts in the field, however, most scholars agree on the fact that the study of politics should not be exclusively confined to what happens inside nation-states. Many political phenomena, scholars would argue, have in fact global causes and consequences. With this in mind, the Immerse International Relations programme examines the global nature of the political landscape, paying particular attention to European structures as well as the role of the UN. Such an interdisciplinary subject touches on the roots of legal systems, politics, sociology and anthropology making it a fascinating, and very human-centric science. Participants will gain a rich understanding of the fields encompassed by this subject, the challenges faced by academics, and the diverse careers that a degree in this subject could lead to.

Cambridge International Relations Summer School Summary

International Relations is an academic discipline that focuses on the study of the interaction of the actors in international politics, including states and non-state actors. The study of IR raises questions such as: What powers does the United Nations actually have? What influence does the security council have over the rest of the world? Which treaties and trade agreements have shaped relationships between countries who only decades ago were at war? These questions and others like them will be explored over two weeks on Immerse’s International Relations summer programme.

It will take a first look at the main goals, concepts, and ideas in the field of International Relations which will then be applied in later classes to discuss the place of International Relations in the overall disciplines of Political and Social Sciences. Questions considered are: What is International Relations? Who are its principal actors? What is the source of state power? And why are states important in International Relations?

Immerse is an inspirational academic international relations summer school programme for the intellectually curious

International Relations Summer School Key Benefits

Learning and individual passion is nurtured within small class sizes

University style tutorials are conducted by world leading academics

The programme provides a useful grounding in the fascinating key content of International Relations study

Participants have the chance to explore the historical city of Cambridge

Lessons are both theoretical and practical to develop both skills and subject knowledge

Participants will gain an insight into what it is like to study international relations at a leading University in the UK

Topics Covered

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Participants who choose to explore international relations on our two-week residential programme will have the chance to learn about a number of exciting topics that have helped shape the modern world and that continue to impact the world’s nations both domestically and internationally. International Relations is at a cross-roads between so many other disciplines: Politics, Law, Economics, Business to name but a few. Participants will therefore gain valuable insight into what it would be like to study not only International Relations, but these other subjects as well.

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Immerse tutrials may explore the nature of national democracy and governance, allowing participants to gain an insight into the how citizens interact with their governments and the role institutions play in everyday life. The programme may also evaluate international organisations and institutions such as the EU and the UN, using major historical events that have impacted the the politics of the world, such as the cold war to show how theory can be applied to practical examples. As a group, participants may also form their own proposal for a UN solution to a current global crises, each contributing a solution that reflects the national interests and the political alliances of the country that the participant is assigned.

Below you’ll find a list of topics that you’ll explore in detail with your peers/class:

  • Democracy and governance
  • Globalisation and the state
  • The role of the EU
  • The history of the United Nations
  • The post-cold war landscape

Topics Covered

Participants who choose to explore international relations summer school on our two-week residential programme will have the chance to learn about a number of exciting topics that have helped shape the modern world and that continue to impact the world’s nations both domestically and internationally. International Relations combines multiple disciplines: Politics, Law, Economics and Business, to name but a few. Participants will therefore gain valuable insight into what it would be like to study not only International Relations, but these other subjects inclusively.

Immerse tutorials may explore the nature of national democracy and governance, allowing participants to gain an insight into the how citizens interact with their governments and the role institutions play in everyday life. The programme will also evaluate international organisations and institutions such as the EU and the UN, using major historical events that have impacted the politics of the world, such as the cold war, to show how theory can be applied to real life examples. As a group, participants will engage in exciting discussion and form their own proposal for a UN solution to a current global crises, each contributing a solution that reflects the national interests and the political alliances of their own country.

Below is a list of topics that participants will explore in detail:

  • Democracy and governance
  • Globalisation and the state
  • The role of the EU
  • The history of the United Nations
  • The post-cold war landscape

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

As well as a theoretical understanding of international relations, participants on this course will also develop practical skills that enable them to contribute in a professional context. They can expect to learn how to discuss and debate interesting and often controversial topics, constructing convincing, coherent arguments that demonstrate high levels of analysis. Participants will also become effective researchers, employing the best practices to become independent learners and, furthermore, gain an insight into what it is like to study international relations in the UK. Beyond this, participants will also learn how to negotiate on points of controversy, defending their perspective in an articulate and diplomatic manner. They will also learn how to critically evaluate information at a higher level than is typically expected in secondary education, thereby providing invaluable insight into further academic study in this complex field.

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In completing the course, students will:

  • Learn about recent and historical developments in international relations
  • Acquire a variety of study skills
  • Experience student life in the UK
  • Explore the historic city of Cambridge
  • Benefit from the experience and expertise of academic leaders
  • Nurture their passion and enthusiasm for the subject
  • Explore numerous fascinating and relevant topics
  • Meet like-minded people to study with and share ideas

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.

International Relations Summer Course Outcomes

As well as a theoretical understanding of international relations, participants on this course will develop practical skills that enable them to contribute in a professional context. They can expect to master how to discuss and debate interesting and often controversial topics, constructing convincing, coherent arguments that demonstrate high levels of analysis. Participants will also become effective researchers, employing the best practices to become independent learners. Beyond this, participants will discover how to negotiate on points of controversy, defending their perspective in an articulate and diplomatic manner. They will also learn how to critically evaluate information at a higher level than is typically expected in secondary education, thereby providing invaluable experience that will aid them with further academic study in this complex field.

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In completing the programme, participants will:

  • Learn about recent and historical developments in international relations
  • Acquire a variety of study skills
  • Experience student life in the UK
  • Explore the historic city of Cambridge
  • Benefit from the experience and expertise of tutors from world leading universities
  • Nurture their passion and enthusiasm for the subject
  • Explore numerous fascinating and relevant topics
  • Meet like-minded people to study with and share ideas

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:

7th – 20th July 2019

28th July – 10th August 2019

4th – 17th August 2019

11th – 24th 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

Christ's College
University of Cambridge

Originally formed as 'God's House', Christ's College was home to leading academics such as Charles Darwin.

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Founded in 1828

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Shared bathroooms

Sidney Sussex College
University of Cambridge

The site of much religious conflict during the English Reformation, Sidney Sussex has produced 5 Nobel Prize winners.

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Founded in 1596

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

St. Catharine's College
University of Cambridge

Once a small college called 'Saynt Kateryns Hall of Cambridge', St Catherine's is also known as 'Catz'.

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Founded in 1473

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Murray Edwards is one of three women only colleges in Cambridge, set in 14 acres of award winning gardens.

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Founded in 1965

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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@immerse.education

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