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 Big Ideas in Computer Science: Understanding the Digitized World

Interaction with computers has become a big part of our daily life, but they do much more than help us with practicalities. They are tools for understanding the fundamentals of information, processes and human thinking. The insights they have brought us are some of the most important in human history, with far-reaching consequences for society. The Big Ideas in Computer Science: Understanding the Digitized World course is offered by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Netherlands
Short Course Heritage at War: Cultural Objects in Times of Conflict

Cultural artefacts and antiquities have become part of the arsenal of modern warfare. And its victims. Their deliberate destruction, looting and trafficking has been part and parcel of conflicts from the former Yugoslavia to Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. The Heritage at War: Cultural Objects in Times of Conflict course is delivered by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Netherlands
Short Course Options in Comparative Literature

Harvard Summer School offers several open-enrollment courses, specialized in Comparative Literature, such as "Reality, Desire, and the Epic Form: Homer, Dante, and Joyce" and "Big Ideas, Great Thinkers".

United States