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.
On this course you are able to tailor your learning on a specific topic to develop deeper knowledge in one subject. Topics include:
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.
- 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
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.
- Unpacking direction
- Creativity through making and prototyping
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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Effective communication skills
- From application to interview
- Management and leadership or working in teams
- Presentation skills
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.
- 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
You will be guided and supported by staff who are passionate about the subjects they research and teach. We have experts across a whole range of disciplines including business, engineering, communications, English, media, emerging technology, sustainability, health, and psychology.
The classes draw on the latest information and research, are interactive, and focus on developing your knowledge and English language skills (if necessary). The academic sessions are interactive and allow you to learn from different perspectives.
Our courses are based on four principles:
- course content from leading academics and industry experts;
- industry specific fieldtrips which will be embedded into the programmes;
- cultural and social activities allowing development of transferable skills;
- pastoral care and ongoing support throughout the programme.
After successful completion of your course(s) you will receive an official Coventry University transcript with individual grades for each course* and a certificate of attendance. The certificate of attendance is presented in the last week of your coursework and the transcript will be sent to you or your home university in September.
*credit bearing courses only
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 recommends that you are 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. This is detailed on the course specific pages and in the registration form. For English language courses, the Summer School recommends a TOEFL overall score minimum of 4.5 and IELTS score minimum 32. For all other courses the Global Summer School recommends a TOEFL overall score minimum of 5 and IELTS score minimum 35. 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.
You’ll be staying in university accommodation as part of Global Summer Schools. The accommodation includes single bed, en-suite rooms with a shared kitchen – perfect for getting to know your new friends on the course. Your accommodation will only be 5-10 minute walking distance from the main campus, shops and restaurants.
If you have any questions around payment, laptop requirements and more you can consult our frequently asked questions page.
As part of your time with us you’ll have the opportunity to:
- explore London on a day trip
- visit a key member of industry
- enjoy a welcome and farewell meal with the new friends you make on the course
- spend time with a university Student Ambassador, giving you the inside information on Coventry
- spend a weekend exploring on your own