PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy Summer School in Cambridge

PHILOSOPHY

Academic insights for 16-18 year olds

Programme Overview:

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

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Though not many secondary school students realise, philosophy permeates many fields in the humanities and social sciences. The Immerse Philosophy summer 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.

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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 course will ensure you will be both challenged and supported in carefully planned classes that encourage tutor-student engagement and debate.

Summary

Though not many secondary school students realise, philosophy permeates many fields in the humanities and social sciences. The Immerse Philosophy summer 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.

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 course will ensure you will be both challenged and supported in carefully planned classes that encourage tutor-student engagement and debate.

Immerse is an inspirational academic programme for the intellectually curious.

Key Facts

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

Learn how famous philosophies have influenced the world around us

Experience university life in the UK

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 how things actually are (ontology).

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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:

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  • 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 how things actually are (ontology).

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

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 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.

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Furthermore, those who complete the 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 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.

Course Outcomes

Immerse Education’s philosophy 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.

Furthermore, those who complete the 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.

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In completing the 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.

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

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. 

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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

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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Individual bedrooms

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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

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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