LCSS Summer School 2015
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The programme will run again in 2016 from 11th July – 5th August. More details will be available in November. Watch this space for further information and how to apply.
The London Centre for Social Studies is proud to announce its summer school offering students a practical insight into British culture and society as well as a grounding in its unique legal and political system.
The immersive four-week summer school will comprise of a fascinating and entertaining mixture of field trips, cultural experiences, academic activities, and practical work experience at the London Centre for Social Studies office. Each week following their outings, students will be required to write reports on the topics at hand which will give them an excellent opportunity to improve their English language and academic research skills.
WEEK 1: International Think Tanks and Financial Institutions
In the first week, students will visit prominent think tanks and policy institutes such as Chatham House, thereby gaining an understanding of the role they play in developing foreign policy as well as a view of Britain’s place in the international community.
WEEK 2: Exploring Micro-cultural and Economic Environment of London. London Bookstores
Week two will be spent focusing on Britain’s cultural wealth including visits to the largest and most prominent bookshops in Europe as well as a field project focusing on one of London’s many ethnic minority communities. Students will get the opportunity to observe how these communities interact with native British people as well as honing their research and communication skills by interviewing members of these communities. They will then write a final report on the topic. This project will give students an invaluable insight into the successes and failures of Britain’s multiculturalist policy of citizenship and will provide them with a deep insight into the competing narratives which constitute modern British society.
WEEK 3: British Common Law. Art Galleries
Excursions to the Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey will bring to life Britain’s historic legal system. Students will learn the function of each institution and will get the opportunity to discuss the differences between common law and civil law as well as how they combine to constitute an important part of British liberal democracy.
WEEK 4: British Parliamentary System
In the final week, a trip to the Houses of Parliament will put the British political system into context while also affording the opportunity to admire the beautiful neo-gothic building from up close. Students will learn about Britain’s ‘bicameral’ parliamentary system, the various political parties represented in Parliament, and the function of the ‘Cabinet’. This will provide students with a very useful grounding to begin thinking about the nature of parliamentary democracy and its importance in modern Britain.
Throughout the four weeks there will also be CV workshops, guest talks, and academic and business writing sessions as well as the opportunity to visit London’s many world-renowned art galleries, theatres, and museums. This will be topped off with trips to Oxford and Cambridge, famous for their world-class universities along with a fascinating visit to the UK headquarters of Facebook where students will be able to learn about the role of social media in the modern world and see how Facebook operates from the inside.