International Relations Summer School

The last few years have been extraordinary ones on the global stage – from the proxy wars being waged in Syria and elsewhere, to Russia’s increasingly aggressive stance and Britain’s troubled exit from the European Union, we have rarely seen such a turbulent period of inter-state relations. The election of Joe Biden offers an opportunity for America to rebuild its global relationships, but the consequences of the Trump presidency will likely be felt for many years to come, and in ways that are still difficult to predict.

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.

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 we saw prompt military intervention aimed at regime change in Libya but co-ordinated action in Syria proved so difficult and contentious, why America has been Israel’s closest ally for so long, and what the 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.

The last few years have been extraordinary ones on the global stage – from the proxy wars being waged in Syria and elsewhere, to Russia’s increasingly aggressive stance and Britain’s troubled exit from the European Union, we have rarely seen such a turbulent period of inter-state relations. The election of Joe Biden offers an opportunity for America to rebuild its global relationships, but the consequences of the Trump presidency will likely be felt for many years to come, and in ways that are still difficult to predict.

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.

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 we saw prompt military intervention aimed at regime change in Libya but co-ordinated action in Syria proved so difficult and contentious, why America has been Israel’s closest ally for so long, and what the 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 out 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

While the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, and as long as there remains a risk of disruption, all courses will be held online, rather than in-person.

The International Relations Summer School is open to students aged 15 – 18, and will take place 2nd – 6th August 2021.

The online course is five days in length, and teaching hours on each day will run from 10.00am till 3.30pm, with a lunch break. 

This is a live online event, with small seminar groups offering fully interactive classroom discussion and debate (much as you would normally expect from our in-person courses). The event will not be recorded, so it is essential that you are able to attend during the course hours, and that you have a reliable audio and video internet connection.

The cost for this course is £420, 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.

To book your place for the online International Relations Summer School, please click on the button below, which will take you to the booking form. Please note that because we will be keeping online class sizes small, places are very limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

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