Thinking without borders: A short history of the present

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.  


Monday and Thursday evenings, from 6.30pm - 8pm, April 20th - July 1st, 2017.

What you will learn

By the end of the course students will have gained experience of

 • Studying and learning independently

    • 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 

Who can apply

Anyone eighteen or over can apply. Applicants who have not studied for a degree will be given priority.

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