What keeps you awake at night? If its global issues such as the refugee crisis or climate change, then studying this summer course in international development could be the one for you.
Cambridge is certainly a great place to study the subject. The university’s international development alumni have gone on to great things: Jordanian Prince, Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad went on to become the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, while the Chinese co-founder of the World Health Organisation also studied here.
You’ll come away from this course with a more objective approach to some of the world’s most important development issues. So, who knows, you could be the one driving tomorrow’s development policies.
From age 16 to 24, our international development summer courses in Cambridge are designed specifically to fit your level of experience.
Find out about the unique way that we teach our international development courses in this short video…
On our Cambridge-based summer course you’ll be learning from experienced tutors with a practical understanding of the latest international development issues.
We borrow the tutorial learning style from Cambridge’s world-renowned university on this international development summer course. As such, your studies will be far more interactive, whereby your own ideas and interests will shape the content of the course – rather than a rigid, pre-defined syllabus.
Our summer course familiarises you with some of the theoretical approaches to today’s most hotly debated and divisive international development topics. You’ll look critically at case studies of developmental projects, tackling the big development questions such as who’s doing the developing? And does the western perception of development jar with other global beliefs? You receive two seminars at the beginning of each week. From here, you’ll develop your understanding to write an essay depending on your level, which will then be discussed for the rest of the week in more intimate seminar-style settings.
Kimron Flicker graduated with a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Psychology from Tel Aviv University and an MPhil in Development Studies from Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. She worked for three years as a private tutor in Tel Aviv, Israel and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her main research interests are Middle Eastern politics and social history.
Dr Gerald MakoBIO
Dr. Gerald Mako studied History at Cambridge where now he is working on his PhD in Development Studies; trained as a specialist in Central Asian history his research focuses on conversion to Islam/Christianity/Judaism and Soviet/Russian policymaking. Aside from publishing two dozen articles and presenting more than 25 papers across the globe he has also been teaching extensively at the University and is now in the process of setting up his own firm in the education&tech industry.
Andrew Parker LawsonBIO
Andrew Parker Lawson is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Spanish and a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge. His research explores the relationship between progressive pedagogical movements, nationalism, and national identity in modern Spain and Catalonia. Prior to beginning the PhD, Lawson completed an MPhil in Modern European History at Selwyn College Cambridge. Lawson was previously a Fulbright Scholar to Madrid, Spain, where he taught upper level courses in international relations, history, and English language and literature. Lawson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Centre College (USA) with degrees in International Studies and Spanish.
Why not mix it up a little?
Are you torn between two subjects, or undecided on which city to study in? The good news is that you can often combine two subjects, or even split your studies between different UK locations.
"I was encouraged to look at issues from multiple angles, view information critically, attempt to get my own understanding on what International Development is, and form my own opinions on what it should be. "
"After the first seminar, I could practically feel my mind expanding. The tutorials gave me useful feedback to improve my writing, but also gave me the opportunity to make sure that I had understood the topics we worked with in the seminars."
"The tutor asked us questions that I wouldn’t normally ask myself, and I feel like I really grew during the course."
"Choosing to come to Oxford Summer Courses has been an amazing experience. The course is about making friends, developing as a person, and learning as much as you can in 2-4 weeks at one of the best environments you can be in. Everyone is accepting and has such a great mindset. The course is filled with fun activities and you will never be bored."
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