Film Studies and the Edinburgh International Film Festival
Level 10 Course
This course introduces students to central concepts of film study and includes exclusive access to the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Weeks One and Two will introduce students to film theory including film criticism, genre, national cinemas, director-centered approaches, identity, socio-politics and related philosophical issues.
In Weeks Three and Four, students will have the unique opportunity to apply the knowledge they have already gained to a variety of selected festival films and events, beginning with the Opening Night Gala. With their Student Delegate Pass, students will have access to fiction feature films, documentaries, film retrospectives, industry and In-Person events, including UK or World premieres at the EIFF. The timetable for this part of the course is packed full of the festival events, screenings, and tutorials, that change each year and the Film Festival Student Delegate Pass is an exceptional addition to the academic summer experience in Edinburgh.
After each screening, students will take part in tutorials where they can apply key concepts in film theory and criticism when discussing the film. Students will also have the opportunity to work with local students at the Festival in Week Three, who will be participating in the An Insight into the EIFF course provided by the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning.
Debating International Relations (Solving Global Challenges)
Level 8 Course
This course will introduce students to the major principles, concepts, actors, and theories of the international system. Using examples from the world today, students will learn how to apply this theory to current debates, issues, and conflicts to gain an objective and informed view.
The course is divided into two parts. In the first part, students will examine a number of theoretical approaches drawn from different intellectual traditions in the discipline, including classical and contemporary realism, liberalism, and radical approaches to international relations, as well as contemporary debates on power and globalization.
Students will then be able to apply these theories to current policy issues such as terrorism and security, human rights, governance and global institutions, the environment and poverty and development.
The second part will focus on the current role of Scotland and the UK within the context of international relations. With the recent Brexit referendum decision – where the UK voted to leave the European Union – special focus will be given to examining how this major relationship shift will affect systems within the UK, the EU, and internationally. Students will gain a deep understanding of the EU’s development as a political system, and explore issues surrounding the Union’s recent enlargements as well as its general role in international relations.
This course will appeal to any student interested in politics, international relations, and international legal and political systems, especially those who are planning a career or academic research in these fields.
The Global Impact of Sport (Solving Global Challenges)
Level 8 Course
It is impossible to understand Scotland without acknowledging the place and impact of sport. Sport is a significant part of Scottish cultural heritage. It helps to link the Scottish diaspora from Scotland to Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia, to name but a few places.
It is also impossible to fully understand global affairs without an informed practical insight into how sport is increasingly being used as a cost-effective social tool involved in addressing many of the world’s social and humanitarian issues. It is part of the social, cultural, economic and political fabric of many countries that makes it a potent force for good and bad. It has been a catalyst in starting wars, promoting peace and international reconciliation, enabling health.
The course is built around two broad themes:
Sport, Heritage and Scottish Culture - This course examines the contribution that Scotland has made to different worlds of sport. It takes the learner on a critical journey from St Andrew’s and the home of golf, to the National Football Museum and the oldest international fixture in the world, to unique sports settings in the borders, the western isles and the Highlands, to Braemar and the Royal Highland Games but also where Scottish sporting culture, icons and émigré’s have traveled and why.
Sport and Global Affairs - The course identifies and analyses the way in which sport is being used today by the United Nations, UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Health Organization and trans-national NGO’S as a cost-effective social tool that can contribute to global challenges of health, justice, conflict resolution, social inclusion, education for all, sustainability and international development.
Students will learn about social interventions through sport such as Peace, Players international; Soccer Across Borders; and The Mighty Girls Programme. Students will gain a unique insight into what works, what isn’t working, successes and failures.
Sport itself is a global phenomenon Governments around the world commit public resources to sport. Every four years countries and cities commit to hard and soft legacies from hosting the Olympic or Commonwealth Games, or other major sporting events. From the bleachers to the boardroom, to the Senate or cabinet, sport increasingly matters in today’s world. This course helps students to understand why this is the case.
This course will appeal to anyone with an interest in Scottish heritage, society, and culture. It will also provide interesting insight for those who have an interest in global affairs and the part that sport can play in addressing world problems and issues, and those who want to visit some of Scotland’s great sporting settings and institutions, architecture, museums and Scottish sports Halls of Fame.
Learning Across the Curriculum: On Foot through Edinburgh (Exploring Edinburgh)
Level 10 Course
This course offers aspiring educators of all kinds the tools to incorporate outdoor learning into their teaching and curriculum planning.
Despite the increasing bodies of research and policy that highlight the educational, social, and health benefits of outdoor learning in the development of young people, many educators are not well placed to support this form of learning.
Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, this course is designed to give students the tools with which to teach and learn across the curriculum in an outdoor context. It will provide them with an initial step towards incorporating outdoor learning into their current or future teaching career. The course does not aim to train students as an outdoor specialist but aims to provide some understanding of the benefits, processes, and skills related to learning in the outdoors.
Through practical exercises in curriculum planning and teaching in outdoor contexts, students will have the chance to experience outdoor education in context and assess the impact on their learning. The course will involve exploring the richly-storied human and ecological landscape that is Edinburgh’s Water of Leith. Aspects of the course content are driven by students’ unfolding curiosity about the history, geography, mathematics, and science that they encounter on their journeys through Edinburgh.
In terms of educational policy, the course reflects the recommendations of Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning (Education Scotland, 2010). The ways in which theory and policy inform practice is a dominant theme of the course and reflects both in the theory and practical teaching of the course.