Cambridge University

Cambridge, England

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  • ActingJolly Good Show - Acting and Drama On Stage

    Students explore various techniques of acting and performance, method, improvisation and voice. Students concentrate on acting technique and then go into rehearsal for a British stage production. The rehearsals culminate in a performance for the entire Summer Discovery group and local audiences during the Cambridge Festival of Arts. ($75 Supplement)

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  • ArtPainting and Drawing the Countryside

    With the River Cam, beautiful architecture, quaint villages and picturesque fen landscapes on our doorstep, Cambridge and its surrounding environs are the ideal “outdoor classroom” for this studio course. Students work in various media, including watercolors and pencil in various locations around Cambridge and Murray Edwards College. Basic techniques are taught. The course is for students of all abilities and will culminate with an exhibition of the student artists’ own work. ($125 Supplement)

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  • DebateAction and Reaction - Debating, British Style

    Spontaneous, acerbic, sarcastic, humorous, rancorous, and always entertaining, the British style of debating enjoys an illustrious history where style is as important as substance. Students learn technique, and prepare debates for practice in class. The course culminates in a debate at the historic Cambridge Union Society where hundreds of statesmen, from British Prime Ministers to American Presidents, (and Summer Discovery students) have debated before.

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  • Digital Photography & MediaDigital Photography in Cambridge

    Bring you photography skills up to date. Students will learn the skills associated will traditional photography such as composition and exposure as well as the modern techniques of digital processing and editing. This course will also give participants an opportunity to photograph the historic city of Cambridge. Faces from around the world, and a wealth of traditional and unusual architectural styles serve as a superb locale for this cutting edge course. Digital camera required with manual capability (6 megapixel minimum, a laptop computer, and computer leads for your specific camera are required). ($75 Supplement)

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    Digital Film Production

    Primarily a practical production course (with some theory), students will have the opportunity to produce their own digital media work. Student projects include: Digital Video, Editing, and Desktop Publishing. This course will enable students to develop skills in multimedia, photography, videography, sound recording and editing, as well as honing computer skills. The students, working in groups, will share these tasks. (Limited enrollment. $195 Supplement)

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  • EngineeringEngineering

    This course offers students who have an interest in engineering the chance to discover the excitement of engineering though theoretical and hands-on experience. The course introduces the application of physical and mathematical principles to solving theoretical and practical engineering problems. Cambridge has produced some of the most eminent minds in science such as Sir Isaac Newton and Professor Stephen Hawking and there is no better place to inspire the budding engineer. 

    While introducing what it takes to bring products from concept to the market place, the course will help to build students' confidence in their ability to work on challenging assignments through teamwork, planning and the gaining of knowledge and skills to enhance their ideas. The course aims to introduce students to the wide range of options they have when studying engineering at university, as well as the challenges facing the modern engineer. ($95 Supplement)

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  • English as a Second LanguageESL - Communication Skills for Our International Students

    Communication Skills for Our International Students Taught by a certified ESL instructor, classes focus on mastering English grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, and conversation skills. Students have the opportunity to improve their English language skills by exploring and experiencing the many colleges of Cambridge University and the surrounding Cambridge community. This class is only offered in the morning, allowing our International students the opportunity to register for another enrichment course in the afternoon.

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  • EntrepreneurshipEntrepreneurship - Do You Have It?

    An introduction into the entrepreneur experience, focusing on the skills and strategies required to start and operate a business in the UK and Euro zone. A practical experience introducing the reality of business start-up and operation, through the use of practical case study and group presentation. The key elements are: Elements of business; structure and control; marketing; human resources; sources and finance; planning and control.

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  • MusicAny Ole Way You Choose It - The British Rock and Roll Invasion

    The British Rock and Roll Invasion The course examines four decades of British influence on American popular music, from the original “British Invasion” of the 1960’s with catchy, danceable and melodic pop; to the new-wave, hard-edge social commentary of the 70’s; to techno-rock of the 80’s; the re-emergence of rock n’ roll of the 90’s; and the drum & bass, electronica, hip-hop and pop of the 21st century. Critical listening of recordings, viewing of videos and DVD’s and lively discussion.

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  • WritingCreative Writing

    Learn to be creative, cultivate your imagination, and expand your creative writing abilities. Techniques and exercises to stimulate the imagination and self-expression through writing poetry, stories, dialogues, and journals are explored.

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  • Architecture/ArtArt and Architecture

    The architectural heritage of Cambridge spans three millennium and is as much a part of the city as its’ famous University. There are a magnificent range of architectural styles from ancient to ultra-modern and everything in between. The art contained in many of these buildings is as impressive as the structures themselves. This course explores the grandeur of these buildings and their contents. Numerous field trips include King’s College chapel. This would do as a cathedral in most other towns. It is one of the most sublimely beautiful buildings in England. Started in 1438 and completed 100 years later, it is the emblem of Cambridge. The Reuben’s painting at the altar is valued at more than £20,000,000. Other sites include the Fitzwilliam museum with its collection of Constable and Turners; the church of the Holy Sepulchre (dated 1130) as well as visits to many other University Colleges and local domestic sites.

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  • BusinessGlobal Business and Economics

    An introductory course examining the importance of globalization and interdependence in modern economies, and the world-wide impact of the recent global financial crisis. It will introduce the principles behind macro and micro economic theories and how they are applied in a modern, global business environment. Cambridge is a global leader in economic theory and the course will examine the role of leading theorists such as Marshall and Keynes. Cambridge is also a center of technology drawing the likes of Mircrosoft (and its new European research center) to its location. Study businesses large and small to understand the ideas of global marketing, manufacturing and financial services and the part the UK plays in this global economy. 

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    Game Changers: Business Disruptors

    Flying drones, computer chips for artificial intelligence, and engineering the boundaries of Siri are just some of the concepts the people of “Silicon Fen” in Cambridge have been working on. Some of the world’s largest tech powers, engineers, and researchers have set roots in Cambridge. With more than 4,500 high-tech firms in this city, it is the perfect place to study a course that will explore the ways in which cutting-edge companies have transformed the way we do business. Explore how the business models of modern disruptors such as Amazon, Uber, Microsoft, Samsung, and Apple have literally changed the world and altered the way we think, behave, and learn about a certain idea, item, product, or service. This course will provide the framework to understand the nature of disruption that is happening from industry to industry and will allow students to apply these same techniques as part of a final project where they will work in groups to create their own (perhaps disruptive) business.

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  • CommunicationsCommunication and the Media in the 21st Century

    Developing interpersonal communication skills and investigating new media in the digital age. Develop your personal communication skills and explore the phenomenon of social media as the convergence of digital technology is changing how we communicate and experience the world today. An ideal companion course is the afternoon enrichment class Digital Media Production.

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  • English LiteratureShakespeare and the British Literary Tradition

    The course explores works by Shakespeare and other British authors and involves academic study, watching and discussing productions, and visits to author-connected sites in Cambridge and London. We concentrate first on language, themes and different interpretations of a Shakespeare play, before looking at a variety of poems of different periods on some of the following topics: Love, Journeys, Gender, War. Students engage in class debate, give presentations, report on productions and introduce favorite works. Another popular activity is 'recreative writing': students take up the story where an author leaves off, set it in a new context, or give it a different twist. The course aims to promote not only understanding of literature but lively engagement with it.

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  • FilmContemporary International Cinema

    This course aims to allow students to appreciate the international perspective of film. It will introduce students to International cinema and increase critical thinking, analytical and communicative ability, through exposure to cinema outside the Hollywood tradition. Particular areas of interest will include Italian Neo-realism, German expressionism and the French new wave. The course examines their influence on modern cinema from British and French films to the growing power of ‘Bollywood’, China and global/independent cinema. Some R rated films shown. 

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  • HistoryBritish Spy Operations of the 20th and 21st Centuries

    Activities of the British Intelligence Services from before the outbreak of WWII until the present day. The success and failures of all forms of British intelligence are examined including code-breaking during WWII, Soviet penetration of British government organizations, and current activities of the intelligence services including operations in Northern Ireland and against international terrorism. Soviet recruitment of agents in Cambridge, and alleged political “destabilizing” activities as highlighted in the recently banned British book, “Spycatcher” by former agent Peter Wright are examined. 

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  • LawEuropean and International Law

    This course will present an introduction to the theoretical issues surrounding modern International and European law. It will involve a study of constitutional, criminal and civil law in operation in the English-speaking world and within the European Union and other legal systems. The course will also provide a comparison with the judicial traditions in the US, including current topics such as extradition, illegal detention, torture, and the legal implications of the war on terror. A special trip to the Cambridgeshire County Courts to see an actual trial is a program highlight. 

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  • Political ScienceInternational Relations

    This course is designed to show how the development of International Relations has changed during the late 20th and 21st Centuries. It will examine the Political and Historic Relationship Between the US and the UK especially in the light of Brexit and the election of the Trump administration. Students will examine modern relations between the US and UK and the rest of the world. The course will cover the comparative political systems, and their recent developments. It will include studying the Marshall Plan, NATO, Nuclear developments and disarmament, Economic and Cultural relations. Students will analyze  the Post-Cold War world, the impact of international terrorism, the Balance of power, the Global Economy and the relations between the US and the EU. A mixture of teaching, debate and multimedia will stimulate students and make them question their existing norms. Course includes a visit to the Imperial War Museum and the Cambridge County Court.

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  • PsychologyIntroduction to Psychology

    Introduces the field of psychology, a major scientific discipline for over 100 years. Intelligence, history, learning, development, language, personality and psychopathology are all examined. Course will discuss and progress from child psychology, to adolescent psychology, to the behavior of normal adult human behavior, to abnormal psychology. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in safe psychological research and experiments. 

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  • ScienceGenetics - We Are All Unique

    We Are All Unique Did you know that each human cell has the capacity to store the information contained in all 30 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica 3 times over? DNA carries all of this information and also provides the instructions to build our bodies. No person living or dead shares the same DNA pattern you hold. This course will offer a description of genetics and the physical nature of genes. It will also discuss the current evolutionary theories and the modern use of genetics in medicine, law and ecology. Understand cell division, genetic crosses, gene linkage and mapping, mutation, investigation of DNA, disease and genetic engineering. Cambridge University and the Sanger Institute have played a crucial role in the mapping of the Human Genome Project. 

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  • SociologyIntroduction to Sociology

    This course presents the fundamental principles and problems of the structure and dynamics of modern British society, including a study of economic, political, cultural, and religious influences. Also examined are the characteristics of childhood development, family and social relationships, deviance (gangs, drugs, crime), race relations, population explosion, sexuality and gender identification, and large scale social change. To further understand the formation of today’s diverse societies, comparisons and distinctions will be discussed with emphasis on the study of Great Britain and the United States. 

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