Philosophy Summer School in Cambridge

PHILOSOPHY

Academic insights for 16-18 year olds

Philosophy Summer Programme Overview:

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

VIEW PHILOSOPHY PROSPECTUS

BAC_SCP_UK-provision_logo

Philosophy Summer School Summary

philosophy summer programs

Though not many secondary school students realise, philosophy permeates many fields in the humanities and social sciences. The Immerse Philosophy summer school course in Cambridge allows you to gain an insight into what university Philosophy is like: from the introduction of new material, to writing good essays, to forming and defending an argument.

MORE
For many high school students, the study of Philosophy at university is new and potentially daunting. By enrolling in the Immerse Education Philosophy course, you will not only be introduced to themes and areas of philosophical discussion but also to the theories of famous philosophers who have contributed to the discussion. In addition, whatever your current ability-level whether you have studied philosophy at school or you are a complete beginner, the small class sizes our Philosophy summer school course will ensure you will be both challenged and supported in carefully planned classes that encourage tutor-student engagement and debate.

Cambridge Philosophy Summer School Summary

Philosophy is a broad subject that permeates many fields across the humanities and social sciences, something secondary school students do not always have the opportunity to appreciate. The Immerse Philosophy summer school course in Cambridge allows participants to gain an insight into what the study of Philosophy at university level entails: from the introduction of new material, to writing good essays, to forming and defending an argument.

For many secondary school students, the study of Philosophy at university is new and potentially daunting. Through Immerse Education’s Philosophy summer programme, designed and taught by experts from the world’s leading universities, participants will not only be introduced to key themes and areas of philosophical discussion but also to the theories of famous philosophers who have contributed to such debates. In addition, regardless of the extent of participants’ past experience studying philosophy, the small class sizes on our philosophy summer programme will ensure they will be both challenged and supported in carefully planned classes that encourage tutor-student engagement and debate.

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

Philosophy Summer School Key Benefits

Develop an understanding of a number of philosophical theories and historical texts

Benefit from the expert tutelage of some of the brightest minds in the field

Study in small groups in university-style tutorials

Explore the historic city of Cambridge with like-minded peers from around the world

Learn how famous philosophies have influenced the world around us

Experience university life in the UK

Topics Covered

arrival day

The world is as much a subjective place as it is objective, therefore it is important to understand why we think things are the way they are (epistemology) as well as how things actually are (ontology).

MORE
Over the course of two weeks, participants on the Immerse Education Philosophy programme will learn about a variety of topics that are not just theoretical but which also play a significant role in our everyday life. For instance, they can expect to explore moral philosophy and understand some of the principles behind many of the laws passed by governments, discuss metaphysical beliefs which are the basis for some of the world’s religions, and look at the various political philosophies that have shaped governments and fuelled national and global conflicts.

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

    , , , ,

  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics

Topics Covered

The world is as much a subjective place as it is objective, therefore it is important to understand why we think things are the way they are (epistemology) as well as acknowledging how things actually are (ontology).

Over the course of two weeks, participants on the Immerse Philosophy summer school programme will learn about a variety of topics that are not simply theoretical, but which also play a significant role in our everyday lives. For instance, they can expect to explore moral philosophy and understand some of the principles behind many of the laws passed by governments, discuss metaphysical beliefs which are the basis for some of the world’s religions, and look at the various political philosophies that have shaped governments and fuelled national and global conflicts.The programme is an ideal taster of what it’s like to study Philosophy at university level.

Below is a list of topics that will be explored in detail on the Philosophy summer programme:

  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics

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

Immerse Education’s philosophy summer school programme aims to not only instill a greater understanding of the subject, but also provide an unparalleled experience for its participants. By studying with like-minded people under the direction of passionate tutors, we hope to foster an enthusiastic atmosphere where everyone is engaged with the course and takes away as much as possible from it.

MORE
Furthermore, those who complete the summer programme will come away with a sound understanding of what it is like to study philosophy at a university in the UK through their studies and with the help of current philosophy undergraduates. As well as this, they will have a greater idea of what they want to do when they finish high school and choose their university programme.

In completing the philosophy summer school course, students will:

  • Learn how philosophy shapes the world around us
  • Develop outstanding debating skills
  • Become more rational and logical thinkers
  • Explore the history of philosophy
  • Be able to make an informed decision about their future studies
  • See how philosophy has given birth to many world religions
  • See how philosophy has been used to fuel conflict
  • Dive into the philosophies that try to answer the important questions about our own existence

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.

Philosophy Summer Course Outcomes

Immerse Education’s Philosophy summer school programme aims to not only instil a greater understanding of the subject, but also provide an unparalleled experience for its participants. By studying with like-minded people under the direction of passionate tutors, we aim to foster an enthusiastic atmosphere in which everyone is engaged with the programme and takes away a concrete understanding and appreciation of the complex and inter-disciplinary field of philosophy.

Furthermore, by the end of the fortnight, participants return home with a sound understanding of what it is like to study philosophy at a leading university in the UK, through their studies and with the help of current philosophy undergraduates. As well as this, they will hopefully have a greater idea of what they want to do when they finish high school and choose their university programme.

summer school philosophy

In completing the summer philosophy course, participants will:

  • Learn how philosophy shapes the world around us
  • Develop outstanding debating skills
  • Become more rational and logical thinkers
  • Explore the history of philosophy
  • Be able to make an informed decision about their future studies
  • See how philosophy forms the foundations of many world religions
  • Understand how philosophy has been used to fuel conflict
  • Dive into the philosophies that try to answer the important questions about our own existence

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.

MORE


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
nicola

Case Studies

Nicola Ayoo, United Kingdom United Kingdom

2017 Philosophy Alumna

Nicola participated in our Philosophy programme in 2017. Here's what she has to say about her time with Immerse Education:

Studying with Immerse was an experience that I will never forget. It massively influenced my university application in terms of where I applied to do at the chosen subject. I really value the friendships that I made and the realisation that studying in such an environment isn't as daunting as it seems, but actually very encouraging. My mentors were both such an inspiration to me and I have kept in contact with my closest friends from the course as well as my tutor. Next year I will start at university and also embark on my second charity trip to Africa. I would strongly encouraged others to sign up to Immerse - I now know what I want to study at university and have taken the necessary steps to do so, with the help of everything I learn from the programme.

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 Philosophy Summer School is available on the following dates:

7th – 20th July 2019

28th July – 10th August 2019

The Philosophy Programme takes place in the following locations

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.

Christ's College
University of Cambridge

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

null

Founded in 1828

null

Individual bedrooms

null

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.

null

Founded in 1596

null

Individual bedrooms

null

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.

null

Founded in 1965

null

Individual bedrooms

null

Shared bathroooms

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

BAC_SCP_UK-provision_logo
ENROL NOW