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Summer School - Culture and Society in the Scottish Enlightenment, 1-12 August 2016, University of Edinburgh, UK

Publish Date: Oct 16, 2015

Deadline: Apr 08, 2016

Event Dates: from Aug 01, 2016 12:00 to Aug 12, 2016 12:00

About  Culture and Society in the Scottish Enlightenment Summer Program

The course will examine some of the key areas of the Scottish Enlightenment: Human Nature; Ethics; Aesthetics; Religion; Economics; and Social Theory. 

This course examines the philosophy, ethics, social and political thought, historiography, medical science, aesthetics, literature, and religious thinking of the period of the Scottish Enlightenment. It also considers the influence of Scottish thinking on America, and the circumstances which led to the eclipse of Enlightenment thinking.

The course aims to introduce students to the central themes, issues and theories of the Scottish Enlightenment. There will be a particular emphasis on the enduring relevance of the Enlightenment. Students will examine current approaches to the Scottish Enlightenment, and areas of contemporary debate among scholars. The course also aims to enhance students’ critical, discursive and analytical skills.

The course is interdisciplinary: thinkers such as David Hume and Adam Smith studied and wrote on a wide range of academic disciplines, on the basis that each discipline is apt to shed explanatory light on the others. This is a traditional Scottish approach to study, which predates the Scottish Enlightenment – and it is the approach which this course will adopt. Philosophy was the central discipline of the Scottish Enlightenment – and it will similarly be central to our studies.

There will be the opportunity for guided tours of museums and galleries, as well as locations in Edinburgh which relate to the period of the Scottish Enlightenment. A philosophical walking tour of Edinburgh will be arranged.

Course Tutor: John Gordon

The teaching will consist of tutorials and seminars based on set readings. In addition there will be museum and gallery visits, and a philosophical walking tour of Edinburgh. There will also be the opportunity for guest speakers.  

By the end of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:

Knowledge and understanding of key themes, issues, and ideas associated with the Scottish Enlightenment.

Awareness of the cultural and intellectual legacy of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Enhanced critical, discursive and analytical skills, gained through tutorial participation and completion of written assessments.

Awareness of the intellectual, cultural and historical significance of Edinburgh and Scotland.

The fees for this course have been laid out fully on our course fees page.

As course fees and accommodation costs are payable separately, it will not be possible to reduce the tuition fee cost for those students who opt to arrange their own accommodation off-campus.

Tuition Fee

£575 per week


You have a choice of accommodation options for varying prices, dependent on your preferences:

  • Standard Single, DB&B: £294.00 per week
  • En-suite Single, DB&B: £469.00 per week
  • Self-Catered, Shared: £168.00 per week

Social Programme

To enhance your experience at the University of Edinburgh Summer School, a variety of social and cultural activities will be organized to allow you to explore and discover the history, traditions and beauty of Scotland whilst meeting people from across the world. Each student can participate in the social and cultural activities which are included in the course fee.  A free gym membership is included as well as a variety of fun and interesting things to do and see in Edinburgh.  Additionally, students can book on to day and weekend tours to explore the rest and best of Scotland (at a discounted rate for Summer School students).

Other costs

Please note you will also need to pay for any essential books on the reading lists provided and any entrance fees for exhibits and other related fees on study visits.

Scholarship - Scottish Summer Endeavour

Scholarship application opens on 1st December 

Scottish Summer Endeavour Scholarships are offered to students from all countries who can display evidence of outstanding academic merit.  

The scholarship equates to a partial tuition fee waiver for any course listed on


The scholarships are competitive and awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit. A minimum of 3.3 GPA or equivalent is required and evidence of this must be provided along with your application.

 In order to apply, you should be a full-time university/college student who can demonstrate that you meet the academic and language requirements of your preferred course.

To apply:

1. Choose the course you are interested in.

2. Go to your preferred programme page and select ‘click here to apply now’, located towards the top right of your screen. This will enable you to request an application form and further guidance regarding the application process.

2. Fill out the application form and attach the documents required in order to support your application. This will include the following:

  • one letter of recommendation provided by your academic referee (no longer than 500 words)
  • (interim) degree transcripts
  • Evidence of an internationally recognised English language qualification (if appropriate).

4. Send back the application form stating in your email that you would like to apply for the Scottish Summer Endeavour Scholarship.

5. Remember to enclose any other documents that will support your application.

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