International Relations Summer School (In-Person)

Russian and Ukrainian flags separated by barbed wireBy any measure, we are living through an exceptionally turbulent period in international relations. Even if a widening of the conflict can be avoided, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will have far reaching consequences which will likely take decades to resolve. From economic integration to military alliances, there has never been a more important time to understand how global power structures work, and how they are changing. IR is a diverse and fascinating discipline, which offers an enormous amount to students eager to improve their understanding of the world around them.

International Relations scholars strive to understand, and offer explanations for, the actions of states and international institutions, the relationships between them and the consequences when those relationships come under strain, or even break down altogether.

The kind of questions asked by IR scholars include why North and South Korea are still divided, why an international agreement on climate change is so hard to reach, why wars, like those in Ukraine, Syria, Libya or Iraq, break out, and how the international community responds to armed conflict in different parts of the globe, how America’s relationship with China is evolving, and what the long term consequences of Britain’s exit from the EU will be.

See a detailed schedule for this course here.

This five-day course will include core theory, detailed case studies, and lots of exercises and debates to put your knowledge into practice. It is particularly recommended for anyone considering IR, War Studies, Politics, PPE or related disciplines at university, but is also suitable for anyone with an interest in discovering more about how world politics works.

For full booking details, please scroll down past the reviews.

By any measure, we are living through an exceptionally turbulent period in international relations. Even if a widening of the conflict can be avoided, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will have far reaching consequences which will likely take decades to resolve. From economic integration to military alliances, there has never been a more important time to understand how global power structures work, and how they are changing. IR is a diverse and fascinating discipline, which offers an enormous amount to students eager to improve their understanding of the world around them.

International Relations scholars strive to understand, and offer explanations for, the actions of states and international institutions, the relationships between them and the consequences when those relationships come under strain, or even break down altogether.

The kind of questions asked by IR scholars include why North and South Korea are still divided, why an international agreement on climate change is so hard to reach, why wars, like those in Ukraine, Syria, Libya or Iraq, break out, and how the international community responds to armed conflict in different parts of the globe, how America’s relationship with China is evolving, and what the long term consequences of Britain’s exit from the EU will be.

See a detailed schedule for this course here.

This five-day course will include core theory, detailed case studies, and lots of exercises and debates to put your knowledge into practice. It is particularly recommended for anyone considering IR, War Studies, Politics, PPE or related disciplines at university, but is also suitable for anyone with an interest in discovering more about how world politics works.

For full booking details, please scroll down past the reviews.

‘I had the most incredible week at Debate Chamber and met some fascinating and intelligent people (with a few future prime ministers thrown in, no doubt!) The tutors were excellent – so enthusiastic about their subjects and I loved the structure of the day and the different styles of learning (a mixture of lectures, reading and lots of heated debate). There were many opportunities to voice our own opinions too. After the week I felt so much more confident with regards to International Relations, and as someone who has no idea about what to study in the future, I found the week really helpful in planting a potential future career seed! I really am thinking now about the possibility of studying IR at university! Thank you!’

‘For someone who is generally self conscious, I was really impressed with the way classes were conducted. You felt free to express your views and knowledge in an atmosphere that is non-judgemental. I also made some good friends and thought the course was a fascinating insight into global politics.’

‘In short, brilliant tutors, brilliant topics, brilliant people. I never thought it would be this fun, this interesting. Highlights were the UN Security Council, Military intervention and Syria. Highly recommended for everyone interested in this kind of thing, and even for those who aren’t – it completely changes your perceptions about important international issues. Really worth going to.’

Practical Details

The in-person International Relations Summer School is open to students aged 15 – 18 and will take place on the 15th – 19th August (limited availability), and 22nd – 26th August (waiting list).

This course is five days in length, and teaching hours on each day will run from 10.30am till 4.30pm, with a lunch break.

The venue will be in Bloomsbury, Central London (the closest tube is Russell Square).

The cost for this five-day course is £595, and you can reserve your place with a 25% non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the payment is due eight weeks in advance of the course start date. Please see here for full booking terms and conditions.

If you have any questions, simply call us on 0800 810 1058 or email us at info@debatechamber.com.

We offer a limited number of full and partial bursaries (of up to 80% of fees) to students who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for a bursary then please complete your bursary application here.