Seminar: The first rough draft of history
Thinking Without Borders: A Short History of the Present is a free 10-week course in university-level humanities. It will explore contemporary concerns such as truth and lies, power and freedom, nations and rights, culture and identity as seen from the perspective of writers, historians, philosophers and artists. Students will gain an understanding of how the disciplines of history, philosophy and literature work, and how they provide tools for analysing, interpreting, and understanding the forces that shape the world today.
How the course is taught:
Thinking Without Borders includes lectures from academics, seminars (guided discussion groups) and sessions
in galleries and other cultural institutions.
By the end of the course students will have gained experience of
• Thinking critically about the concerns of the day using the methods and insights of humanities disciplines;
• Reading, analysing and interpreting works of history, literature and philosophy;
• Presenting arguments based on evidence;
• Studying and learning independently.
The IF Project is a “Free University”: We run free, university-level arts and humanities short courses taught by a network of academics who volunteer time and expertise. IF is a community where knowledge is shared, taught, debated and discussed at no cost to students.