Each year the Parkes Institute holds a multi-disciplinary summer school for Humanities students from Southampton and the surrounding region. We find out a little more about them in the first episode of our series on the Parkes Institute’s outreach programme.
Our summer schools are aimed at sixth forms and colleges throughout Hampshire and are open to all students who plan to study Humanities subjects at university. The summer schools are designed to give you a taste of university teaching and to help to build on the academic skills needed at university. The summer schools are also a good experience for those who are looking to make their personal statement stand out from the crowd – showing a level of engagement with your subject beyond your A Level studies and acquiring undergraduate-level academic skills are a great way to enhance your university application!
The 2013 summer school will take place on Wednesday 26th June, on the theme of ‘Multiculturalism’. Our dedicated team of outreach staff – Helen Spurling, Sarah Shawyer and Tom Plant – will give a series of talks on their specialisms, with a focus on Jewish/non-Jewish relations. These academic sessions will explore the relationship between minority and majority cultures, with a view to understanding the nature of what we now know as ‘multiculturalism’. The sessions will cover a wide historical chronology, including sessions on Antiquity and post-Second World War British society, as well as a broad geographical scope ranging from Rome to Palestine via the UK.
In addition to our academic panels, students will also be given a tour of the University of Southampton’s Highfield campus and will be able to talk to some of our current undergraduate students during a dedicated panel on ‘University Life’.
Previous summer schools have been held on the theme of ‘Jerusalem’, which looked at the place and significance of Jerusalem in conflicts from the ancient, medieval and modern periods of History, including the Roman Empire and the Jewish War, the First Crusade and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the past we have also held a summer school on the theme ‘The Relationship between Cultures’, which included introductory subjects on Jewish Studies and Jewish/non-Jewish Relations from the perspective of several different disciplines within Humanities.
The theme for 2014 will be ‘Race and Resistance’, and details will be available soon.
For more information on Parkes Institute and Humanities Summer Schools please contact Dr Helen Spurling.