What can I study?
February 26th 2021 update: The University of Stirling is working closely with the Scottish Government to ensure the safety of all its students and staff at this time. Unfortunately, due to current restrictions from COVID-19, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel Block 1 of the ISS 2021 programme. We are still planning for in-person delivery of Block 2 and we will take a final decision on this at the end of April 2021.
Our course modules, which have been tailored especially for our International Summer School, incorporate a distinctive Scottish flavour, and also allow for critical thinking of international themes. Educational trips to some of the most outstanding locations around Scotland are included as part of each module.
Our programme allows you to gain credits towards your degree at your home institution. Each module is accredited by the Scottish Credit Qualification Framework (SCQF).
Block 1: Saturday 5th June – Saturday 3rd July 2021
You’ll learn about the Scottish Education System and visit a local school to observe Scottish education in action.
This module will propose an introduction to methods and tools for the understanding, analysis and manipulation of
In this module we will engage in critical, philosophical reflection on morality by examining a number of difficult moral issues, including questions about abortion, our treatment of animals, environmental values, punishment, and world hunger. This module will introduce you to some of the central issues in moral philosophy – both normative issues about how we should live, and more theoretical issues about the nature of right and wrong.
From the hills covered in purple heather to the glorious light at sunrise, almost every vista is an invitation to the
Exploring the relationship between religion and conflict, this module gives a critical perspective on why some religions struggle more than others with the nature of conflict. This module will be offered as a blended learning model with online teaching and an in-person module excursion (a guided visit to Stirling Castle).
If you’re interested in journalism or the media, this will be a good module for you as we explore fundamental ethical principles and press freedom. Excursions to Holyrood Palace and Scottish Parliament are included.
This module explores images of Scotland in film and television, in the context of Scottish history. The module covers topics such as: Scotland in Hollywood: Brigadoon to Braveheart (Scotland on the
Learn about some of the most iconic wars in Scottish history. You’ll also enjoy a field trip to the iconic Bannockburn Battlefield, with an opportunity to recreate the battle with the centre’s new interactive battle simulation technology.
Students can build on their critical thinking skills in relation to the concept of religion whilst exploring more recent trends within the
This module introduces students to the diverse literary traditions and political, national, and gender identities in Science Fiction texts.
As the UK’s Sports University of the Year, the University of Stirling is the perfect place to learn about the integration
Block 2: Saturday 3rd July – Saturday 31st July 2021
An introduction to criminology, with a visit to the Surgeon’s Hall in Edinburgh to discuss the criminal case of Burke and Hare, and the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective, Sherlock Holmes.
Explores contemporary issues and debates that shape the world politics. This module includes a day trip to St Andrews, where we’ll undertake a tour of Scotland's Secret Bunker - an underground compound built to safeguard Scotland during the Cold War.
This module explores key gothic concepts such as transgression, excess and monstrosity as they pertain to both nineteenth-century literature and contemporary culture.
This module explores the nature of Jacobite support and its impact on wider British history. The themes covered in this module include: the Stuart monarchy in general and James VII in particular;
This module examines a significant aspect of Scottish history, looking at the phenomenon of witchcraft as part of early-modern culture, as well as its prosecution.
Realise your creative potential by producing an original and stimulating piece of short fiction. The module includes a live ‘reading’ at a leading local arts centre, where you’ll have the chance to share the stage with a prominent Scottish writer.
Interested in Scottish writing and culture? This module examines a range of cultural debates concerning language, class, and democracy in Scottish writing. There will be an excursion to Edinburgh, visiting the Scottish Parliament building and Scottish Writers Museum.
This module introduces students to Scottish literature through the lens of gender and sexuality. Examining contemporary Scottish
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of environmental issues, and the key issues and dilemmas involved in addressing problems such as climate change and consumer behaviour. Key areas this module will focus on include green political theory and sustainable development, the role of green political parties in the UK, corporations and green politics, green consumerism and environmental protest campaigns.