United Kingdom, Cambridge

University of Cambridge IARU Global Summer Programme

when 3 July 2016 - 30 July 2016
duration 4 weeks

This programme is currently open to undergraduates at IARU institutions.

The Cambridge GSP programme offers participants a unique opportunity to draw upon a rich reserve of knowledge and to consolidate their learning in a variety of ways. Participants must be from IARU member institutions, and will benefit immensely from the exchange of ideas with lecturers and with other GSP students.

The leaders of tomorrow will need to be aware of the events that change the world, and the key issues facing world leaders today. Using specific examples from both past and present, the core course, plenary lectures and discussion sessions will address issues such as climate change, scientific discovery, international development, international relations, financial crises, disease, diplomatic incidents, war and natural catastrophe, to identify a number of what the teaching team consider to be world-changing events. Sessions will explain the key causes, impact and repercussions of these events. Participants will write on related subjects, from a literary, historical or international relations perspective.

The four-week programme for up to 25 participants includes the following:

Core course (16 sessions), team taught by experts, examining the impact on the world of a wide range of events (such as evolution, natural disasters, major wars, scientific discoveries, urbanisation and migration, international crises).
Plenary sessions (20+) add to the core course, and offer the opportunity for the GSP group to interact with participants on other Summer Programmes. Many relate well to the IARU GSP theme: Our Changing World.
Discussion sessions (seminars for the GSP group only) follow 8 or more of these plenary sessions.
Four papers to be written (one per week) on subjects informed by core course attendance (relating to the theme: Our Changing World, interpreted through History, Literature and International Relations).
Four Cambridge-style supervision sessions (each c1.5 hours) for 2-3 of students, during which their papers are reviewed and discussed.
Weekly feedback sessions with the Programme Director and Coordinator.
Self-study: In addition, students commit to research, reading and preparation time, to complete the weekly essays and submit these by 4pm on Wednesday. Research can be undertaken in the University Library (a Copyright Library) and there is access to other faculty libraries.

This combination of self-directed research, course, lectures, discussions and supervisions will be both rigorous and intensive. The weekly meeting with the GSP Programme Director and Coordinator allows for further discussion and consolidation of the various elements of the programme.

Participants in the programme will gain transferable skills, valuable for the completion of their current and any subsequent degree course, and for their future career development. The programme will:

Hone investigation skills, showing how to place any investigation in a wider context
Encourage a more global perspective
Foster the ability to think beyond an immediate and narrow field of interest
Enable students to apply research and study skills to new areas of focus
Expose students to a rich and broad range of information, via lectures, discussions and supervisions
Enable students to draw together ideas, particularly via questioning and reasoning in discussions and supervisions
Allow participants to benefit immensely from the exchange of ideas both with lecturers and with their student peers
Teach time-management and succinct writing skills, crucial for further study and in any leadership or management career

Four papers (normally 2,000-3,000 words each) will be graded. Precise grades are not given out during the supervisions. Oral feedback on papers will form part of the supervision, but students will also receive written reports on submitted papers. Grades can be adjusted marginally on the basis of performance in supervisions. The final grade awarded is an average of the three highest-scoring papers, and is sent after the end of the programme.

Contact hours: 65-70+ total contact hours (classroom) + c28-32 hours for preparation, research and essay-writing). Self-study tours could account for an additional 8 hours for each Saturday or Sunday optional excursion a student takes.

Course leader

Sarah J Ormrod

Target group

The programme is open to undergraduates at IARU institutions only. It is aimed at students in their penultimate or final year of undergraduate degree course. Occasionally second year students will be considered. Students should be of high academic standing in their own university. Students should be open to learning in disciplines beyond their immediate field of study, and be absolutely fluent in English: discussion of topics and clear expression of ideas will be essential parts of the programme.

Course aim


Fee info

GBP 0: See website: http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/international-summer-schools/programmes/iaru-global-summer-programme