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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).

Our modules are offered over two four-week blocks, so you can choose to study for four weeks or the full eight weeks.

BLOCK 1: 6 JUNE - 4 JULY 2020

BLOCK 2: 4 JULY - 1 AUGUST 2020

Block 1: 6 June - 4 July 2020

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Marketing and Branding Scotland (ISSU9BS)

    Understand the importance of culture and heritage for marketing products or services. This module’s excursion includes a visit to a Scottish drinks manufacturer, food producer or Scotland’s national tourism agency.

  • Photographing the Urban (ISSU9PU)

    An art history module, giving you the opportunity to develop skills in the following areas: fine art digital photography, principles of photo documentation, location photography, and image editing. You’ll need to bring a digital camera, but it doesn’t need to be of a high quality. Your phone camera would also be appropriate to complete the module.

  • 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 includes 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. You’ll have the opportunity to visit a celebrated screen location or meet a Scottish filmmaker.

  • 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.

  • Rethinking the City (ISSU9RE)

    A general introduction to the design of cities, and how they can be organised and improved. You’ll research and create your own urban plan and identify and evaluate real city examples, based on a class excursion, assignments and reading material. You’ll also have the opportunity to use critical thinking, photographic skills and social media.

  • 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).

  • Aliens and Earthlings: Science Fiction Literature (ISSU9AE)

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

Block 2: 4 July - 1 August 2020

  • 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.

  • Sculpting Art (ISSU9SA)

    An introduction to contemporary art history, with examples and inspiration drawn from the University of Stirling’s public art and sculpture collections. This module focuses on a practical approach and includes a one-day excursion to the Dean Art Gallery in Edinburgh. You'll be asked to bring a digital camera for some of the assignments, however a mobile phone camera is acceptable.

  • 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.

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

If you’d like to do an internship as part of your Summer School experience, you’ll need to attend both Block 1 and Block 2.

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