Short Courses in Humanities


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Humanities encompass academic disciplines that study human condition and the essence of what it means to be human in a fast changing world. Humanities are similar to liberal arts in many ways and the two terms are sometimes interchangeable. Many degree courses offered by humanities departments can also be listed as social sciences, because they deal with the study of human behaviour and society.

Bachelors and Masters in humanities cover a broad, interdisciplinary study of society and culture throughout history. Practitioners use methods that are primarily analytic, critical, or speculative to study subjects belonging to languages, literature, law, history, philosophy, religion, visual and performing arts, and others. Music studies also fit the field of humanities, as music is used to broaden capabilities of non-musicians by teaching skills such as concentration and listening.

Humanities degrees help students develop a broad understanding of cultural expression and improve their analytical and communication skills. Students can improve their understanding of society through satisfying their intellectual curiosity in subjects such as philosophy, art, history and literature with an emphasis on multiculturalism.

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Suggested Short Courses in Humanities

Short Course Language, Culture and Society

The aim of this Language, culture and society PhD course from the University of Bergen is to discuss the role of language and language-use in a series of societal challenges and in various cultural contexts.

Bergen Summer Research School
Certificate Man, Machine and Media; the Internet of Things

Man, Machine and Media; the Internet of Things is a crash course in the practice and philosophy of New Media Technology, at Utrecht Summer School. During the course we will not only approach concepting and design from a practical perspective but also enhance the philosophical question of how man interacts with technology. We will dream up magnificent IoT services and also explore theoretical frames and ethics to interpret and comprehend these developments.

Short Course Options in English

Harvard Summer School offers several open-enrollment courses, specialized in English, such as "The Bible in the Humanities and the Arts", "Medieval Literature: Epic and Romance" and "Leadership Lessons from History and Literature".