What can I study?

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 4th June – Saturday 2nd July 2022

Education and Learning: A Scottish Perspective (ISSU9EL)

You’ll learn about the Scottish Education System and visit a local school to observe Scottish education in action.

Data, Tools and Methods: Making Sense of our Society (ISSU9DM)

This module will propose an introduction to methods and tools for the understanding, analysis and manipulation of social data. Students will learn about social network analysis, sentiment analysis and topic modelling. They will develop an understanding of how these can help marketers work on their strategies, how journalists write their stories and policymakers take decisions.

Issues in Moral Philosophy (ISSU9MP)

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.

Lochs and Glens: Landscape Photography in Magical Scotland (ISSU9LP)

From the hills covered in purple heather to the glorious light at sunrise, almost every vista is an invitation to the enthusiastic visual journalist. This module will enable you to appreciate the environment and enjoy the natural beauty of Scotland, while learning and developing your skills at landscape photography. You will learn the practice of landscape photography, and also the theory and principles.

Religion and Conflict (ISSU9RC)

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).

Royals and Rascals: Contemporary Studies in British Journalism (ISSU9JO)

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.

Scotland on the Screen (ISSU9SS)

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 American screen); and Filmmaking in Scotland: the Importance of Shorts.

Scottish Wars of Independence c.1286-1371 (ISSU9TW)

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.

Celtic Religion (ISSU9CR)

Students can build on their critical thinking skills in relation to the concept of religion whilst exploring more recent trends within the study of religion. This includes material and implicit religion, understanding and appreciation of Celtic religion and mythology from Ireland, Scotland and Wales (the Celtic fringe). This will be offered as a blended course with online classes and an in-person module excursion.

Aliens and Earthlings: Science Fiction Literature (ISSU9SF)

This module introduces students to the diverse literary traditions and political, national, and gender identities in Science Fiction texts.

Sport Management and Culture: A European Perspective (ISSU9SM)

As the UK’s Sports University of the Year, the University of Stirling is the perfect place to learn about the integration of culture, management and sport. The aim of this module is to teach you about how sport is managed in Scotland and in Europe and about how it is incorporated into the thread of Scottish culture. The module will include a mixture of lectures and seminars accompanied by academic field trips, providing students with an understanding that sport is influenced by cultural traditions, social values and economic factors.

Students in a study pod

Block 2: Saturday 2nd July – Saturday 30th July 2022

Crime and Justice in Scotland: The Criminal in Scottish Society (ISSU9CJ)

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.

International Relations (ISSU9IR)

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.

Monsters and Vampires: The Impact of British Gothic on Contemporary Popular Culture (ISSU9MV)

This module explores key gothic concepts such as transgression, excess and monstrosity as they pertain to both nineteenth-century literature and contemporary culture.

Scottish History: The Jacobites (ISSU9TJ)

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; the nature of the multiple monarchy; looking at relations between Scotland, England and Ireland; Highlands and Lowlands; early modern warfare; and international diplomacy.

Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland (ISSU9WS)

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.

Brief Encounters: An Introduction to Writing Short Stories (ISSU9BE)

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.

Scotland the What? Contemporary Scottish Literature and Identity (ISSU9SC)

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.

Junkies and Jezebels: Scotland and Gender (ISSU9JJ)

This module introduces students to Scottish literature through the lens of gender and sexuality. Examining contemporary Scottish texts and the work of key critics, it offers detailed understanding of how identity politics have impacted Scotland's literature and culture.

Green Politics: Theory & Practice (ISSU9GP)

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.

Credited learning

Each module is accredited by the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), and is granted at 10 SCQF credits each. This is equivalent to roughly 3 US or 5 ECTS credits. Please check with your home institution or exchange co-ordinator to see if the credit transfer applies to you.

The module number, US/ECTS credits, course length and the Stirling credit (SCQF) are outlined below:

Number of modules US/ECTS credits Number of weeks SCQF credits
2 modules 6 US credits/10ECTS credits 4 weeks (Block 1 or 2) 20
3 modules 9 US credits/15ECTS credits 8 weeks (Block 1 and 2) 30
4 modules 12 US credits/20ECTS credits 8 weeks (Block 1 and 2) 40


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