Global Leadership Development - Summer School

3 weeks


Delivered online: £450 (certificate only)
£750 (credit-bearing - 6US/10ECTS/20CATS)


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This course will help you to recognise, reflect, and articulate the important academic and personal development you’ve gained to enhance your employability skills as global graduates. This course aims to explore these topics further to build your individual confidence, while enabling you to operate more successfully in the global employability market. At the time of registration, you will select one topic from a list of subject specific topics, allowing you to customise the course. The chosen subject will be the focus of four sessions during weeks 2 and 3 of the 3-week module. You can find more information about the subject topics in the course detail below.

Global competencies such as cultural awareness, intercultural communications, and personal adaptability are highly valuable skills in today’s competitive workforce.

Delivery date:

11 July – 31 July 2021

Course detail

On this course you are able to tailor your learning on a specific topic to develop deeper knowledge in one subject. Choose from one of the following:

Academic language and writing

These sessions look at the challenge to produce effective academic spoken and written communication. During the sessions you will engage in workshops that will give you practical strategies and skills in academic writing. These workshops will empower your use of academic language and will help you critically engage with academic language in multiple contexts and the application for your future career.

Session topics:

  • Subjectivities, style, and criticality in academic discourse
  • Argumentation across academic subjects, modes, and genres
  • Interculturality in academic discourse: investigating academic and cultural identities
  • Academic communication: contrasting spoken and written academic language


Business Finance for Managers

The aim of this course is to provide candidates with the basic principles of financial management and how they are used in businesses of all sizes. It will explain the fundamentals of understanding standard financial statements and operational messages that can be derived from them. Candidates on this course will learn how accounting and finance concepts are applied in business decisions. The course is designed for individuals from any background who want to use the concepts and language in everyday workplace discussions confidently.

Session topics:

  • Accounting & Finance for Non-specialists part 1
  • Accounting & Finance for Non-specialists part 2
  • Business Planning part 1
  • Business Planning part 2


Collaborative creative workshop: postcards from Coventry University

This topic is based around Coventry city of Culture 2021. It poses the question on how we could celebrate Coventry – what could be our future memories of the city? You will work collaboratively in teams to design an object, poster or installation accompanied by a presentation. The studio will be a dynamic place for creativity workshops, short lectures and making.

Session topics:

  • Unpacking direction
  • Creativity through making and prototyping
  • Production
  • Presentation


Coventry in the two world wars

On this topic you will examine the impact of the two world wars on Coventry and surrounding areas on a personal level. You will be bringing the past to life using a range of primary sources, from; newspapers, newsreels, letters and diaries, and photographs. These sessions will introduce you to the history of Coventry whilst placing it in a wider context. You will explore how individuals had different experiences of the wars, and how unusual Coventry’s experience was. Using a range of sources, we will introduce you to the modern Coventry’s culture and the role immigration has played in rebuilding the city.

Session topics:

  • Coventry and the Great War
  • The depression in Coventry (Herbert Art Gallery)
  • Operation Moonlight Sonata: the bombing of Coventry (Coventry Cathedral)
  • Post war Coventry: peace and reconciliation


Cyber security

These sessions will give you an introduction to cyber security. Why does the university teach people to break into computer systems? Who are the hackers and who are their targets?

As a society, we share a huge amount of information about ourselves online. Even if we choose not to share data on social media, organisations may still require a “public profile.” You will look at the types of information that can be found online, and see just how much you can find out about a person through the internet.

Following this, you will spend some time learning how to secure your data – what makes a good password and why is it important to have one? You will also examine how to secure communications from eavesdroppers, and understand what “the padlock” means.

These sessions will be practical demonstrations of some real world hacking techniques, with the opportunity to test your skills against the “hack a box” challenges.

Session topics:

  • Hackers and the hacked
  • Phishing, social media and your data
  • Passwords, and keeping our data safe
  • Hack the planet!


Fashion design – TRIBES

Before digital media, hype couldn’t be generated by posting, linking, linking or pinning. A logo had to travel organically, through word of mouth and real-world associations with like-minded people.

Whilst the future of new luxury, global fashion and branding strategy became increasingly complex, strategies aspire to not only create brands, but tribes. A community to follow on social media, to listen to, to buy into and to retain loyalties, given the consumer a sense of belonging.

The topic beings by assembling you into TRIBE networks. TRIBES will form by the collective of like-minded individuals who share mutual, common values, beliefs, and taste in fashion, music and culture in general.

Session topics:

  • Research
  • Making
  • Branding
  • Editorial


Language and culture

These sessions are designed for non-native speakers of English and will support you in improving your knowledge and proficiency of the English language whilst also learning more about British culture. You will have the chance to interact face-to-face with your British student guides, who will provide enhanced opportunities for language practice.

The sessions will incorporate stimulating interactive sessions, including individual and group activities. These sessions are supported by relevant field trips included in the programme, and visits to local attractions. These trips will give you the opportunity to visit areas of interest around Coventry and England, and enhance your knowledge of the language and culture.

Session topics:

  • Languages and the English culture
  • Language and culture through myth/folklore and tales
  • Languages through sitcoms
  • Language and culture through popular music


More Global Leadership Development

These sessions will further develop key skills that are required for the global workplace, building on the workshops and topics covered in the overall module. The sessions incorporate both theory and practice to ensure communication, analytical, and planning skills can be explored in a safe environment.

Active participation is required throughout encouraging you to reflect on both real experiences and case studies.

Session topics:

  • Effective communication skills
  • From application to interview
  • Management and leadership or working in teams
  • Presentation skills


Why Shakespeare?

These sessions will investigate the adoption of Shakespeare into the canon of English literature, the reception of his works throughout history and around the world. You will also critically assess the enduring relevance of his works today.

As well as developing the critical tools to read, watch and understand Shakespeare, you will design and stage experts from the plays, learn how to write and then perform a Shakespearian sonnet. Ultimately, these sessions reveal that Shakespeare is not owned by any one language or culture, and continues to inspire critical debate and cultural innovation.

Session topics:

  • Authorship, commerciality and legacy
  • Sonnets and sonneteers
  • Global Shakespeare
  • Why Shakespeare?


This course covers:

This course will help you to recognise, reflect, and articulate the important academic and personal development you’ve gained to enhance your employability skills as global graduates. This course aims to explore these topics further to build your individual confidence, while enabling you to operate more successfully in the global employability market.

How will this course be taught

For more information on how the course will be taught, please see our FAQs.

Entry requirements

The Coventry University Global Summer School (hereby known as “the Programme”) is open to students, HE professionals and members of the public. In order to apply to the Programme, Coventry University you must be aged 18 or above by the time that the course starts.

For all courses, we require a good level of English language skill in speaking, reading and writing. All courses are taught solely in English. The Global Summer School recommends a TOEFL overall score minimum of 35 and IELTS score minimum 5. If you do not have a valid (within 2 years) TOEFL/IELTS score, please take the English language test and send us your score for consideration.

If you have any questions around payment, laptop requirements and more you can consult our frequently asked questions page.