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Cultural Studies: Cambridge

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Course: HUMN 398C (3 Credits)

Location: Cambridge, England

When: To be announced

Register By: To be announced


  • King's College Chapel

  • Great St. Mary's Church

  • Queens' College grounds

  • The Fitzwilliam Museum

  • The Backs

  • Punting on the River Cam

Explore the beautiful buildings of Cambridge during a field study program at UMGC Europe.

Discover one of the oldest and most famous university cities in the world. Human settlements existed on the present site of the City of Cambridge well before the Romans built a fortified camp on the current Castle Hill, and the city has housed a university since the early 13th century. Starting from a handful of scholars fleeing judicial persecution in Oxford, the university has since grown to dominate the town and establish itself as one of the leading centers of teaching and learning in the world. This course takes a look at both the physical university - the beautiful buildings and grounds of its colleges - and also at the university as an intellectual institution, as a place in which philosophical, political, economic and scientific ideas that have revolutionized our world were born.

Topics include:

  • History of Cambridge and Cambridge University
  • Structure and functioning of the university
  • Architecture of the colleges, university, and city churches
  • Cambridge scientists: Newton, Darwin, Turing and more
  • Cambridge philosophers: Russell, Moore, Wittgenstein and more
  • Cambridge poets: Milton, Wordsworth, Hughes and more

This course is dedicated to the memory of Jim Council (1929-2010), Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Senior Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and UMGC Collegiate Associate Professor, who created the course and taught it for eight years.

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