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Students who choose to study abroad in Stirling with API will choose from summer modules/classes offered over two four-week blocks. Each module consists of in-class and excursion components, giving students the opportunity to enjoy university teaching both in and out of the classroom. Modules are assessed by a combination of exam, essay, presentation, and fieldwork.

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Housing

Resident Director

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Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

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Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Completed API Application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Copy of passport
  • Entry requirements: valid passport and supporting documents (Tier 4 visa required if participating in an internship)
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 Jun 4, 2022 - Jul 2, 2022 $6,350 Apr 1, 2022 No Extension Apr 15, 2022
Summer 1 and 2 Combined Jun 4, 2022 - Jul 30, 2022

Pricing Additional Information

Price is for two courses.d

  • Students wishing to enroll in three courses will incur an additional $555 fee.
  • Students wishing to enroll in four courses will incur an additional $1555 fee.
Apr 1, 2022 No Extension Apr 15, 2022
Summer 2 Jul 2, 2022 - Jul 30, 2022

Pricing Additional Information

Price is for one course. Students wishing to enroll in two courses will incur an additional $525 fee.

Apr 1, 2022 No Extension Apr 15, 2022

The prices listed above for the individual Summer 1 and Summer 2 sessions are for 3 semester credits (1 course). Students who are interested in earning 6 semester credits (2 courses) will incur an additional charge of $525.

The prices listed above for the Summer 1 & 2 combined session are for 6 semester credits. Students who are interested in earning 9 semester credits will incur an additional charge of $555. Students who are interested in earning 12 semester credits will incur an additional charge of $1,000.

API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Stirling programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city, with a skyline that is dominated by the impressive 12th century Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano and occupied since the 9th-century BC (!). Edinburgh’s streets, whether in the medieval Old Town or the Georgian New Town, are steeped in history and are home also to the Scottish Parliament, The Palace of Holyrood House, the Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur’s Seat. Edinburgh has a thriving cultural scene and you can also visit The Elephant House coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote the early Harry Potter books! Just outside Edinburgh is the enigmatic 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, of Da Vinci Code fame, where practically every surface of the chapel is covered with stone carvings of figures and scenes and the atmosphere is one of deep mystery.

  • Eastern Highlands

    The Highlands are the northern region of Scotland, steeped in legend and ancient tradition. While the Highlands have a shared culture, once being ruled by clans and chieftains, there are many villages and towns in the region which stand out for reasons all their own. Some have unique histories, while others are home to incredible scenery, monuments, or architecture. As we depart you will feel transported to another time, another world. Over the two days, API students will visit palaces and castles, as well as some magnificent Scottish landscapes! There will be plenty of stops for photo opportunities, and tales of history will be told as we delve deeper into Scotland and its past. On the second day, the group will return to the Central Belt by driving along the eastern coast of Scotland, where the group will spend the day at an authentic Highland Games! There will be men in kilts tossing capers (logs), highland dancing, bagpipes, and so much more. We hope you are ready for a proper Scottish Highland experience!

  • Glasgow

    Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and is home to an outstanding variety of museums, galleries and performance venues. Once the 2nd city of the British Empire and a major center of trade with the USA, Glasgow now wears its Victorian splendor with pride. Everything from impressionistic paintings to medieval armor is on display at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Other attractions are the Gallery of Modern Art, the social history museum Peoples Palace, Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis, the bustling Merchant City, and the Provands Lordship.

  • Saint Andrews

    Saint Andrews is a stunning medieval city and home to the oldest university in Scotland where Prince William and Kate Middleton studied and met. It is also, of course, the home of golf. There are several golf courses in the town including the world famous Old Course and the town also has its own Golf Museum – great for those of us maybe not keen to play but who want to find out more about this famous sport! On top of all this is a stunning medieval cathedral and a beautiful ruined castle, which both played an important part in the reformation here in Scotland, surrounded by beautiful blue flag beaches!

  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city, with a skyline that is dominated by the impressive 12th century Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano and occupied since the 9th-century BC (!). Edinburgh’s streets, whether in the medieval Old Town or the Georgian New Town, are steeped in history and are home also to the Scottish Parliament, The Palace of Holyrood House, the Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur’s Seat. Edinburgh has a thriving cultural scene and you can also visit The Elephant House coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote the early Harry Potter books! Just outside Edinburgh is the enigmatic 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, of Da Vinci Code fame, where practically every surface of the chapel is covered with stone carvings of figures and scenes and the atmosphere is one of deep mystery.

  • Eastern Highlands

    The Highlands are the northern region of Scotland, steeped in legend and ancient tradition. While the Highlands have a shared culture, once being ruled by clans and chieftains, there are many villages and towns in the region which stand out for reasons all their own. Some have unique histories, while others are home to incredible scenery, monuments, or architecture. As we depart you will feel transported to another time, another world. Over the two days, API students will visit palaces and castles, as well as some magnificent Scottish landscapes! There will be plenty of stops for photo opportunities, and tales of history will be told as we delve deeper into Scotland and its past. On the second day, the group will return to the Central Belt by driving along the eastern coast of Scotland, where the group will spend the day at an authentic Highland Games! There will be men in kilts tossing capers (logs), highland dancing, bagpipes, and so much more. We hope you are ready for a proper Scottish Highland experience!

  • Glasgow

    Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and is home to an outstanding variety of museums, galleries and performance venues. Once the 2nd city of the British Empire and a major center of trade with the USA, Glasgow now wears its Victorian splendor with pride. Everything from impressionistic paintings to medieval armor is on display at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Other attractions are the Gallery of Modern Art, the social history museum Peoples Palace, Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis, the bustling Merchant City, and the Provands Lordship.

  • Loch Ness and the Western Highlands

    Steeped in history and legend, the Highlands of Scotland is one of the last pristine regions of Europe. This is a land of high mountains, breathtaking islands, spectacular glens and deep, mysterious lochs. There are nature and wildlife to enjoy, imposing castles to explore and tales of folklore, heroes, and legends to savor. Also, there is Glenfinnan, home to the Glenfinnan Viaduct – most famous for its appearance in Harry Potter as the bridge that the Hogwarts Express crosses. And of course, last but not least, Loch Ness – home to the Loch Ness monster. People have claimed to have spotted the infamous monster for hundreds of years but you can make up your own mind!

  • Saint Andrews

    Saint Andrews is a stunning medieval city and home to the oldest university in Scotland where Prince William and Kate Middleton studied and met. It is also, of course, the home of golf. There are several golf courses in the town including the world famous Old Course and the town also has its own Golf Museum – great for those of us maybe not keen to play but who want to find out more about this famous sport! On top of all this is a stunning medieval cathedral and a beautiful ruined castle, which both played an important part in the reformation here in Scotland, surrounded by beautiful blue flag beaches!

  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city, with a skyline that is dominated by the impressive 12th century Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano and occupied since the 9th-century BC (!). Edinburgh’s streets, whether in the medieval Old Town or the Georgian New Town, are steeped in history and are home also to the Scottish Parliament, The Palace of Holyrood House, the Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia and Arthur’s Seat. Edinburgh has a thriving cultural scene and you can also visit The Elephant House coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote the early Harry Potter books! Just outside Edinburgh is the enigmatic 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, of Da Vinci Code fame, where practically every surface of the chapel is covered with stone carvings of figures and scenes and the atmosphere is one of deep mystery.

  • Glasgow

    Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and is home to an outstanding variety of museums, galleries and performance venues. Once the 2nd city of the British Empire and a major center of trade with the USA, Glasgow now wears its Victorian splendor with pride. Everything from impressionistic paintings to medieval armor is on display at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Other attractions are the Gallery of Modern Art, the social history museum Peoples Palace, Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis, the bustling Merchant City, and the Provands Lordship.

  • Loch Ness and the Western Highlands

    Steeped in history and legend, the Highlands of Scotland is one of the last pristine regions of Europe. This is a land of high mountains, breathtaking islands, spectacular glens and deep, mysterious lochs. There are nature and wildlife to enjoy, imposing castles to explore and tales of folklore, heroes, and legends to savor. Also, there is Glenfinnan, home to the Glenfinnan Viaduct – most famous for its appearance in Harry Potter as the bridge that the Hogwarts Express crosses. And of course, last but not least, Loch Ness – home to the Loch Ness monster. People have claimed to have spotted the infamous monster for hundreds of years but you can make up your own mind!

  • Saint Andrews

    Saint Andrews is a stunning medieval city and home to the oldest university in Scotland where Prince William and Kate Middleton studied and met. It is also, of course, the home of golf. There are several golf courses in the town including the world famous Old Course and the town also has its own Golf Museum – great for those of us maybe not keen to play but who want to find out more about this famous sport! On top of all this is a stunning medieval cathedral and a beautiful ruined castle, which both played an important part in the reformation here in Scotland, surrounded by beautiful blue flag beaches!

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3-6 credits per session (up to 12 total)

Students who choose to study abroad in Stirling with API will choose from summer modules/classes offered over two four-week blocks. Each module consists of in-class and excursion components, giving students the opportunity to enjoy university teaching both in and out of the classroom. Modules are assessed by a combination of exam, essay, presentation, and fieldwork.

There is an internship option available in the 2nd summer session. Students who are interested in this option must also participate in the summer 1 session, and are strongly encouraged to apply early, as placements fill quickly.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive their transcripts from the University of Stirling upon completion of their program.

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COURSE OFFERINGS

The summer modules/classes are offered over two four-week blocks. Each module consists of in-class and excursion components, giving students the opportunity to enjoy university teaching both in and out of the classroom. Modules are assessed by a combination of an exam, essay, presentation, and fieldwork. Courses at the University of Stirling are assigned credit based on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). Each Stirling module earns 10 SCQF credits or approximately 3 U.S. credits. Students are thus able to earn 6 U.S. credits (during a four-week block) or 9 to 12 U.S. credits (during an eight-week block).

Examples of the course syllabi are available from the API Scotland program manager upon request.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Summer students at the University of Stirling can earn 3 credits per course for a total of 3-12 U.S. semester credits over a four-eight week period.

Education and Learning: A Scottish Perspective

The module aims to explore the purposes of education and how this translates into curriculum offerings within the Scottish Education system in the context of the UK. The module will also consider the issues of learners’ identities within pre-school, primary, secondary and further education.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Course Level: Lower Division  

View Syllabus   

Data, Tools and Methods: Making Sense of our Society

This module will propose an introduction to methods and tools for the understanding, analysis and manipulation of social data. Students will learn about social network analysis, sentiment analysis and topic modelling. They will develop an understanding of how these can help marketers work on their strategies, how journalists write their stories and policymakers take decisions.

Language of Instruction: English   

View Syllabus   

Issues in Moral Philosophy

In this module we will engage in critical, philosophical reflection on morality by examining a number of difficult moral issues, including questions about abortion, our treatment of animals, environmental values, punishment, and world hunger. This module will introduce you to some of the central issues in moral philosophy – both normative issues about how we should live, and more theoretical issues about the nature of right and wrong.

Religion and Conflict

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the sociological and analytic study of religion, identity, conflict and violence within a local, national and global context. It will examine issues such as nationalism, colonialism, international affairs and the role of those charged with reporting such conflicts. Extensive attention will be paid to the representation of religious conflict in the arts, such as literature and films, alongside a detailed examination in of the violent groups that have arisen as an apparent reaction to religious fundamentalism as a rising narrative of a new cultural war.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

View Syllabus   

Royals and Rascals: Contemporary Studies in British Journalism

For centuries, Britain’s kings and queens have had a powerful impact on society and on its institutions.

Following the rise of celebrity culture, members of the British Royal family and other public figures have used their influence and financial muscle to push back journalists in order to reclaim their privacy. This module is aimed at journalism students and others interested in the media and its relationship with public figures, including Britain’s royals, who want to explore fundamental ethical principles and press freedom issues from the vantage point of some of the world’s most fascinating news stories. These cases range from Princess Diana’s death, for which the Paparazzi were blamed, to Prince Harry’s more recent indiscretions, which played out in the digital media.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

View Syllabus   

Scotland on the Screen

ISS9SS is an International Summer School module designed to introduce students to key theoretical debates that have emerged in the study of Scotland’s relationship with the film and television industries. Important questions we will consider include: Who is responsible for constructing Scotland’s identity onscreen? How are Scotland and Scottishness depicted?

Why do certain representations dominate over others?

The course will begin by exploring ‘Hollywood Scotland’, concentrating on the commercial cinematic representation of Scotland and Scottishness found in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart (1995). This will then be contrasted with a more local construction of Scotland found in the long running television show Taggart (ITV, 1983-2011). The final weeks will conclude by considering filmmaking in contemporary Scotland, first through contemplation of the importance of short films in the Scottish context, focusing in particular on the shorts and careers of Lynne Ramsay, Peter Mullan and Morag McKinnon, and second through examination of the Scottish/Danish co-produced ‘Advance Party’ initiative.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

View Syllabus   

Scottish History: The Scottish Wars of Independence, c.1286-c.1371 ISSU9TW

By the late thirteenth century, Scotland was an increasingly consolidated kingdom with a stable dynasty that had enforced hereditary succession, achieved a string of high profile marriages, extended its boundaries of control, and existed in relative peace with its southern neighbors. However, the death of Alexander III (the last adult king of the Canmore line) in 1286 shook the foundations of the realm. It brought challenges to autonomy from within, as the succession crisis forced open cracks between powerful ruling families, and from outside the realm, due to acquisitive and aggressive southern neighbors now under the leadership of the infamous Edward I. The subsequent period, from 1286 to c. 1371, was one of turmoil and confusion marked by violent wars and feuding nobility but was also one of self-realization and the solidifying of an increasingly potent national identity for the ruling classes and the people at large in Scotland. This module will look at the crisis of kingship, the war and governance of the Guardians and William Wallace, the kingship of John Balliol, the rise of Robert the Bruce, Bannockburn and consolidating the Bruce dynasty, war of the three monarchs, and the legacy of a childless dynasty to assess this pivotal historic era in Scottish history.

Excursion(s): This module will include a field trip to the iconic Bannockburn Battlefield (with an opportunity to recreate the battle with the center’s new interactive battle simulation technology).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Celtic Religion

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). This will be offered as a blended course with online classes and an in-person module excursion.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Aliens and Earthlings: Science Fiction Literature

“I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled "science fiction" ... and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal” – Kurt Vonnegut.

The ‘low’ status ascribed to Science Fiction by literary critics in the twentieth-century overlooks the genre’s keen ability to narrate social change. Fears of extraterrestrial invasion and nuclear apocalypse, of seemingly strange and alien civilizations, and of social, economic and cultural collapse bely SF’s trash label. This course aims to introduce to students the genre’s deep philosophical dimensions, tracing its progress through the short story and pulp mediums during the inter-war years in the United States and United Kingdom, and its later development across both sides of the so-called Iron Curtain during the Cold War. The Science Fiction genre’s ability to narrate and fuel wartime paranoia on the one hand, and to deconstruct ideologies about cultural and national identities in opposing Eastern and Western political blocs on the other, will be explored in this course.

Furthermore, if Science Fiction was a genre from which Vonnegut wanted an escape, what would the literature he might retreat into look like? In consideration of his statement, this course will also challenge the traditional conventions of Science Fiction – interstellar conflict with alien races – and explore the genre’s diverse progressions: into ecocriticism, feminism, sexuality, and the near-future ‘Post-SF’ of the urban and suburban present. Secondary texts examining the range of theoretical definitions of Science Fiction, as well as its study in environmental studies, gender studies, queer theory and Postmodernism, will accompany the primary literature on this course.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Sport Management and Culture: A European Perspective

As the UK’s Sports University of the Year, the University of Stirling is the perfect place to learn about the integration of culture, management and sport. The aim of this module is to teach you about how sport is managed in Scotland and in Europe and about how it is incorporated into the thread of Scottish culture. The module will include a mixture of lectures and seminars accompanied by academic field trips, providing students with an understanding that sport is influenced by cultural traditions, social values and economic factors.

Education and Learning: A Scottish Perspective

The module aims to explore the purposes of education and how this translates into curriculum offerings within the Scottish Education system in the context of the UK. The module will also consider the issues of learners’ identities within pre-school, primary, secondary and further education.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Course Level: Lower Division  

View Syllabus   

Data, Tools and Methods: Making Sense of our Society

This module will propose an introduction to methods and tools for the understanding, analysis and manipulation of social data. Students will learn about social network analysis, sentiment analysis and topic modelling. They will develop an understanding of how these can help marketers work on their strategies, how journalists write their stories and policymakers take decisions.

Language of Instruction: English   

View Syllabus   

Issues in Moral Philosophy

In this module we will engage in critical, philosophical reflection on morality by examining a number of difficult moral issues, including questions about abortion, our treatment of animals, environmental values, punishment, and world hunger. This module will introduce you to some of the central issues in moral philosophy – both normative issues about how we should live, and more theoretical issues about the nature of right and wrong.

Religion and Conflict

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the sociological and analytic study of religion, identity, conflict and violence within a local, national and global context. It will examine issues such as nationalism, colonialism, international affairs and the role of those charged with reporting such conflicts. Extensive attention will be paid to the representation of religious conflict in the arts, such as literature and films, alongside a detailed examination in of the violent groups that have arisen as an apparent reaction to religious fundamentalism as a rising narrative of a new cultural war.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

View Syllabus   

Royals and Rascals: Contemporary Studies in British Journalism

For centuries, Britain’s kings and queens have had a powerful impact on society and on its institutions.

Following the rise of celebrity culture, members of the British Royal family and other public figures have used their influence and financial muscle to push back journalists in order to reclaim their privacy. This module is aimed at journalism students and others interested in the media and its relationship with public figures, including Britain’s royals, who want to explore fundamental ethical principles and press freedom issues from the vantage point of some of the world’s most fascinating news stories. These cases range from Princess Diana’s death, for which the Paparazzi were blamed, to Prince Harry’s more recent indiscretions, which played out in the digital media.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

View Syllabus   

Scotland on the Screen

ISS9SS is an International Summer School module designed to introduce students to key theoretical debates that have emerged in the study of Scotland’s relationship with the film and television industries. Important questions we will consider include: Who is responsible for constructing Scotland’s identity onscreen? How are Scotland and Scottishness depicted?

Why do certain representations dominate over others?

The course will begin by exploring ‘Hollywood Scotland’, concentrating on the commercial cinematic representation of Scotland and Scottishness found in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart (1995). This will then be contrasted with a more local construction of Scotland found in the long running television show Taggart (ITV, 1983-2011). The final weeks will conclude by considering filmmaking in contemporary Scotland, first through contemplation of the importance of short films in the Scottish context, focusing in particular on the shorts and careers of Lynne Ramsay, Peter Mullan and Morag McKinnon, and second through examination of the Scottish/Danish co-produced ‘Advance Party’ initiative.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

View Syllabus   

Scottish History: The Scottish Wars of Independence

The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the key events of the period between c.1286 and c.1424, and to allow them to develop an appreciation for the complexities of this pivotal period of Scottish history and how it shaped the kingdom and national identity of the people within it. The themes that it will examine include the Wars of Independence, kingship and dynastic crises, the role of the political and religious elites in Scotland during this era, the development of national culture and identity, critical assessment of key figures (such as John Balliol, Edward I, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce), the role of chronicles and epic poetry in recording the medieval past, and Scotland’s relationships with England, France and the Papacy. The module seeks to introduce or build and improve on history-specific skills including primary and secondary source analysis, research, and essay writing, as well as develop transferable analytical, communication and inter-personal skills.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Course Level: Lower Division  

View Syllabus   

Celtic Religion

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). This will be offered as a blended course with online classes and an in-person module excursion.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Aliens and Earthlings: Science Fiction Literature

“I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled "science fiction" ... and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal” – Kurt Vonnegut.

The ‘low’ status ascribed to Science Fiction by literary critics in the twentieth-century overlooks the genre’s keen ability to narrate social change. Fears of extraterrestrial invasion and nuclear apocalypse, of seemingly strange and alien civilizations, and of social, economic and cultural collapse bely SF’s trash label. This course aims to introduce to students the genre’s deep philosophical dimensions, tracing its progress through the short story and pulp mediums during the inter-war years in the United States and United Kingdom, and its later development across both sides of the so-called Iron Curtain during the Cold War. The Science Fiction genre’s ability to narrate and fuel wartime paranoia on the one hand, and to deconstruct ideologies about cultural and national identities in opposing Eastern and Western political blocs on the other, will be explored in this course.

Furthermore, if Science Fiction was a genre from which Vonnegut wanted an escape, what would the literature he might retreat into look like? In consideration of his statement, this course will also challenge the traditional conventions of Science Fiction – interstellar conflict with alien races – and explore the genre’s diverse progressions: into ecocriticism, feminism, sexuality, and the near-future ‘Post-SF’ of the urban and suburban present. Secondary texts examining the range of theoretical definitions of Science Fiction, as well as its study in environmental studies, gender studies, queer theory and Postmodernism, will accompany the primary literature on this course.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Sport Management and Culture: A European Perspective

As the UK’s Sports University of the Year, the University of Stirling is the perfect place to learn about the integration of culture, management and sport. The aim of this module is to teach you about how sport is managed in Scotland and in Europe and about how it is incorporated into the thread of Scottish culture. The module will include a mixture of lectures and seminars accompanied by academic field trips, providing students with an understanding that sport is influenced by cultural traditions, social values and economic factors.

Internship for International Summer School

The internship module places a student with a local employer for a four week placement where they will undertake a project of benefit to the business. Internships will be usually available in the following sectors: sport, environment, political, charity/not for profit sector and marketing.

The placements will enable students to not only acquire valuable experience, but also to develop networking skills and some knowledge of the UK labor market. It will also develop student confidence in the workplace and build their employability skills. Employers include large and small to medium sized companies in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon their development and experience throughout the module.

There will be a mix of classroom teaching sessions, review days and on-line tutorials, however, the core aspect of the module will be a work placement. It is estimated that each internship will include about 140 contact hours and about 10 classroom hours through the four week period. Students are supported by a mentor based in their placement organization and by a designated tutor from the Careers and Employability Service.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Course Level: Lower Division  

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Crime and Justice in Scotland: The Criminal in Scottish Society

This module is designed to introduce students to the subject of Criminology through the lens of the Scottish Criminal Justice System. The module begins with an overview of the Scottish Criminal Justice System before examining the major avenues by which the public obtain information about crime – as victims of crime and from the media and official statistics. The module examines the processes that have developed our definitions of crime and the broader social and political context in which this crime occurs. In addition to this, the course provides the opportunity for students to engage in discussion with a Scottish Prison Service Warden, allowing a deeper understanding of punishment in Scotland and the incarceration of offenders.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

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International Relations

This module explores contemporary issues and debates that shape world politics today. It starts by introducing International Relations (IR) theory before turning to two broad themes that dominate IR: conflict and peace. Key issues covered include nuclear weapons, private military companies, humanitarian intervention and failed states. Students will also apply the themes of conflict and peace to a case study of the Northern Ireland conflict exploring the key political developments and the transition to a post-conflict settlement. This module will also include a workshop that examines the use of wall murals to articulate conflict / post-conflict identity. This module includes a day trip visit to Belfast where students will undertake a historical/political tour of the city taking in the wall murals and other key sites linked to the Northern Ireland conflict. Students taking this module may incur a small additional charge for the trip to Belfast.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Monsters and Vampires: The Impact of British Gothic on Contemporary Popular Culture

From sparkly vampires to blockbuster monsters, gothic tropes appear to be all-pervasive in contemporary culture. As Catherine Spooner claims in Contemporary Gothic (2006), like ‘a malevolent virus, Gothic narratives have escaped the confines of literature and spread across disciplinary boundaries to infect all kinds of media, from fashion and advertising to the way contemporary events are constructed in mass culture’. What this course aims to do is to introduce students to Gothic’s literary expression in the British nineteenth century, before exploring the many ways in which this dark heritage continues to affect contemporary cultural production. Focusing on three key texts from the nineteenth century, Frankenstein (1818), The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) and Dracula (1897), this class will discuss their adaptation, appropriation and influence on popular narratives such as those found in fiction, film, tv, fashion and music video.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

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Scottish History: The Jacobites

The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the origins, main features and impact of the Jacobite movement, while placing Scotland's experience of Jacobitism firmly within its wider British and European context. The themes we will examine include the Stuart monarchy in general and James VII in particular, the nature of the multiple monarchy, looking at relations between Scotland, England and Ireland, Highlands and Lowlands, early modern warfare, and international diplomacy. The module seeks to deepen historical and transferable skills already acquired or to assist students coming to history as a discipline for the first time in acquiring such skills.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

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Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland

The module aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the phenomena of witchcraft belief and prosecution in Scotland between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. The focus of the module will be mostly on social and cultural themes but an understanding of the political, economic and religious context will be important.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

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Brief Encounters: An Introduction to Writing Short Stories

This module has been designed to help students realize their creative potential by producing original and stimulating short fiction. Teaching will consist of specialist workshops conducted by an expert in the field. In addition to engaging with practical aspects of craft and technique, students will learn how to create believable, compelling characters and how to make them live (and die!) on the page. They will also have the opportunity to visit sites of historic importance and natural beauty to inspire their writing.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

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Scotland the What? Contemporary Scottish Literature & Identity

For the past decade, Scotland’s national status has been ‘both dangled before us and tantalizingly withheld’ (poet Don Paterson). With attention focused on the question of independence, recent debates concerning Scottish culture and identity gain a heightened political charge. Literature has not only reflected but actively shaped such debate. In the year the new Scottish Parliament was established (1998), Christopher Whyte argued that ‘in the absence of elected political authority, the task of representing the nation has been repeatedly devolved to its writers’. But what influence have writers played in recent political change, and to what extent has Scottish culture escaped its own stereotypes?

This course examines the literary and political currents shaping contemporary Scottish identity, introducing students to key twentieth- and twenty-first century texts. We encounter and explain a range of cultural debates concerning language, class, democracy and nationhood, attending to the urgency as well as the complexity of recent Scottish writing.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

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Junkies and Jezebels: Scotland and Gender

Recent advances in feminist and LGBT+ liberation movements have had a visible and global impact on culture, literature, politics, and commerce. This module examines gender and sexuality in a Scottish context. As binary understandings of gender and sexuality are increasingly shown to be outdated and outmoded, developments in our understanding of gender and sexuality are making headlines and becoming a regular part of our daily discourse in both our social and working lives. This course enables students to apply their knowledge of identity politics to a dynamic range of relevant texts.

The texts in this module examine the decline of the traditional, industrialist, ‘hard man’ masculinities in Scotland. Through an exploration of dynamic, contemporary and highly acclaimed texts, this course examines broken masculinities, resistant femininities, and resurgent Scottish LGBT+ fictions. A select range of relevant secondary sources will accompany this exploration of primary literature, introducing students to iconic theorists, as well as relevant contemporary critics examining Scottish literature from a gendered perspective.

There will be optional opportunities to submit creative work as an alternative to an essay assignment, enabling students to demonstrate an understanding of the stylistic and thematic aspects of the course as creative practitioners.

Green Politics: Theory & Practice

This introductory module aims to provide students with an understanding of environmental issues and the key issues and dilemmas involved in addressing problems such as climate change and consumer behavior. We will evaluate the gaps between environmental policy intentions and reality. The module also helps students to navigate the multitude of concepts, ideologies,actors and political settings involved in environmental politics. Key areas this module will focus on include green political theory and sustainable development, the role of green political parties in the UK, corporations and green politics, green consumerism and environmental protest campaigns.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

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Internship for International Summer School

The internship module places a student with a local employer for a four week placement where they will undertake a project of benefit to the business. Internships will be usually available in the following sectors: sport, environment, political, charity/not for profit sector and marketing.

The placements will enable students to not only acquire valuable experience, but also to develop networking skills and some knowledge of the UK labor market. It will also develop student confidence in the workplace and build their employability skills. Employers include large and small to medium sized companies in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon their development and experience throughout the module.

There will be a mix of classroom teaching sessions, review days and on-line tutorials, however, the core aspect of the module will be a work placement. It is estimated that each internship will include about 140 contact hours and about 10 classroom hours through the four week period. Students are supported by a mentor based in their placement organization and by a designated tutor from the Careers and Employability Service.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Course Level: Lower Division  

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Crime and Justice in Scotland: The Criminal in Scottish Society

This module is designed to introduce students to the subject of Criminology through the lens of the Scottish Criminal Justice System. The module begins with an overview of the Scottish Criminal Justice System before examining the major avenues by which the public obtain information about crime – as victims of crime and from the media and official statistics. The module examines the processes that have developed our definitions of crime and the broader social and political context in which this crime occurs. In addition to this, the course provides the opportunity for students to engage in discussion with a Scottish Prison Service Warden, allowing a deeper understanding of punishment in Scotland and the incarceration of offenders.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

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International Relations

This module explores contemporary issues and debates that shape world politics today. It starts by introducing International Relations (IR) theory before turning to two broad themes that dominate IR: conflict and peace. Key issues covered include nuclear weapons, private military companies, humanitarian intervention and failed states. Students will also apply the themes of conflict and peace to a case study of the Northern Ireland conflict exploring the key political developments and the transition to a post-conflict settlement. This module will also include a workshop that examines the use of wall murals to articulate conflict / post-conflict identity. This module includes a day trip visit to Belfast where students will undertake a historical/political tour of the city taking in the wall murals and other key sites linked to the Northern Ireland conflict. Students taking this module may incur a small additional charge for the trip to Belfast.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Monsters and Vampires: The Impact of British Gothic on Contemporary Popular Culture

From sparkly vampires to blockbuster monsters, gothic tropes appear to be all-pervasive in contemporary culture. As Catherine Spooner claims in Contemporary Gothic (2006), like ‘a malevolent virus, Gothic narratives have escaped the confines of literature and spread across disciplinary boundaries to infect all kinds of media, from fashion and advertising to the way contemporary events are constructed in mass culture’. What this course aims to do is to introduce students to Gothic’s literary expression in the British nineteenth century, before exploring the many ways in which this dark heritage continues to affect contemporary cultural production. Focusing on three key texts from the nineteenth century, Frankenstein (1818), The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) and Dracula (1897), this class will discuss their adaptation, appropriation and influence on popular narratives such as those found in fiction, film, tv, fashion and music video.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

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Scottish History: The Jacobites

The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the origins, main features and impact of the Jacobite movement, while placing Scotland's experience of Jacobitism firmly within its wider British and European context. The themes we will examine include the Stuart monarchy in general and James VII in particular, the nature of the multiple monarchy, looking at relations between Scotland, England and Ireland, Highlands and Lowlands, early modern warfare, and international diplomacy. The module seeks to deepen historical and transferable skills already acquired or to assist students coming to history as a discipline for the first time in acquiring such skills.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

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Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland

The module aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the phenomena of witchcraft belief and prosecution in Scotland between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. The focus of the module will be mostly on social and cultural themes but an understanding of the political, economic and religious context will be important.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

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Brief Encounters: An Introduction to Writing Short Stories

This module has been designed to help students realize their creative potential by producing original and stimulating short fiction. Teaching will consist of specialist workshops conducted by an expert in the field. In addition to engaging with practical aspects of craft and technique, students will learn how to create believable, compelling characters and how to make them live (and die!) on the page. They will also have the opportunity to visit sites of historic importance and natural beauty to inspire their writing.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

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Scotland the What? Contemporary Scottish Literature & Identity

For the past decade, Scotland’s national status has been ‘both dangled before us and tantalizingly withheld’ (poet Don Paterson). With attention focused on the question of independence, recent debates concerning Scottish culture and identity gain a heightened political charge. Literature has not only reflected but actively shaped such debate. In the year the new Scottish Parliament was established (1998), Christopher Whyte argued that ‘in the absence of elected political authority, the task of representing the nation has been repeatedly devolved to its writers’. But what influence have writers played in recent political change, and to what extent has Scottish culture escaped its own stereotypes?

This course examines the literary and political currents shaping contemporary Scottish identity, introducing students to key twentieth- and twenty-first century texts. We encounter and explain a range of cultural debates concerning language, class, democracy and nationhood, attending to the urgency as well as the complexity of recent Scottish writing.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

View Syllabus   

Junkies and Jezebels: Scotland and Gender

Recent advances in feminist and LGBT+ liberation movements have had a visible and global impact on culture, literature, politics, and commerce. This module examines gender and sexuality in a Scottish context. As binary understandings of gender and sexuality are increasingly shown to be outdated and outmoded, developments in our understanding of gender and sexuality are making headlines and becoming a regular part of our daily discourse in both our social and working lives. This course enables students to apply their knowledge of identity politics to a dynamic range of relevant texts.

The texts in this module examine the decline of the traditional, industrialist, ‘hard man’ masculinities in Scotland. Through an exploration of dynamic, contemporary and highly acclaimed texts, this course examines broken masculinities, resistant femininities, and resurgent Scottish LGBT+ fictions. A select range of relevant secondary sources will accompany this exploration of primary literature, introducing students to iconic theorists, as well as relevant contemporary critics examining Scottish literature from a gendered perspective.

There will be optional opportunities to submit creative work as an alternative to an essay assignment, enabling students to demonstrate an understanding of the stylistic and thematic aspects of the course as creative practitioners.

Green Politics: Theory & Practice

This introductory module aims to provide students with an understanding of environmental issues and the key issues and dilemmas involved in addressing problems such as climate change and consumer behavior. We will evaluate the gaps between environmental policy intentions and reality. The module also helps students to navigate the multitude of concepts, ideologies,actors and political settings involved in environmental politics. Key areas this module will focus on include green political theory and sustainable development, the role of green political parties in the UK, corporations and green politics, green consumerism and environmental protest campaigns.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Lower Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Lower Division  

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Highlights
  • Ranked #1 in U.K. for welcoming international students, campus environment; #2 in U.K. for sports facilities; top 10 in U.K. for extra-curricular activities/societies; 15 in U.K. for library
  • Ranked #1 in Scotland, top 5 in U.K. for Criminology - Guardian University Rankings
  • Ranked #1 in Scotland, top 10 in U.K. for Media/Film Studies, Social Policy - Guardian University Rankings
  • Ranked #1 in Scotland, top 15 in U.K. for Education - Guardian University Rankings
  • Ranked #2 in Scotland, top 15 in U.K. for Sociology
  • Ranked 1st in Scotland and 8th in U.K. in The Times Higher Education "100 under 50" table, which ranks the world's best 100 universities under 50 years old
  • Scotland's "university of sporting excellence"
  • Internships available in summer 2 session (for credit)

API students are all housed in 4-7 bedroom apartment-style accommodations on campus. Each student will have their own single-occupancy bedroom along with a shared kitchen, dining, and living areas. Housing is self-catered. With the exception of those participating in the summer school, students will need to provide their own kitchenware (crockery, utensils, etc). Additionally, the university’s catering department offers superb value catering options on campus. Most flats have sinks in the bedrooms and all housing has shared shower and toilet facilities (summer students will have their own private bathrooms). All housing is fully networked, enabling residents to access the university’s computing resources, including internet. 24-hour concierge services are available on site. Bedding packs will be provided for all API students.

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