Immersive International Studies Summer Institute
IMMERSIVE INTERNATIONAL STUDIES SUMMER INSTITUTE
Join us this summer for our Immersive International Studies Summer Institute, two consecutive week-long intensive programs for high school students who are interested in international issues, history, government, and role-play utilizing the innovative pedagogy of Reacting to the Past (RTTP), an award-winning series of immersive sessions (or “games”) that actively engage students in their own learning with its emphasis on research, writing, and oral argumentation. Students assume the roles of historical characters, bringing their character alive in order to explore pivotal moments in history, all while receiving guidance in practicing critical thinking and reading as well as argumentative speaking and writing.
This Summer Institute emphasizes active learning to develop an understanding of international issues and developing a diverse skill set such as persuasive speaking, critical thinking, research skills, problem-solving, teamwork, expository writing, and leadership skills. Reacting to the Past is a series of historical role-playing games that explore important ideas by re-creating the contexts that shaped them. Students are assigned roles, informed by texts set in particular moments of intellectual and social ferment.
Students who successfully complete each 1-week program will receive 2 units of Pass/No Pass University of California credit.
Exploration of key international events through a vibrant and engaging immersive curriculum. Active learning designed to develop an understanding of international issues as well as a diverse skill set, such as persuasive speaking, critical thinking, research skills, problem solving, teamwork, expository writing, and leadership skills.
Each Immersive International Studies Summer Institute allows for the exploration of key international events through a vibrant and engaging immersive curriculum. For Summer 2019, we will be offering the following Immersive International Studies modules. Students may attend one or both:
Track 1: Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791
Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791 plunges students into the intellectual, political, and ideological currents that surged through revolutionary Paris in the summer of 1791. Students are leaders of major factions within the National Assembly (and in the streets outside) as it struggles to create a constitution amidst internal chaos and threats of foreign invasion. Will the king retain power? Will the priests of the Catholic Church obey the “general will” of the National Assembly or the dictates of the pope in Rome? Do traditional institutions and values constitute restraints on freedom and individual dignity or are they its essential bulwarks? Are slaves, women, and Jewish people entitled to the “rights of man”? Is violence a legitimate means of changing society or purging it of dangerous enemies? In wrestling with these issues, students consult Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Social Contract and Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, among other texts.
Students will learn to:
- Formulate positions concerning the nature and obligations of citizenship in a democracy
- Debate the oral issues surrounding revolutionary (and counterrevolutionary) violence
- Recognize major thinkers and texts related to the Enlightenment and the French Revolution
- Identify factions and political agendas in the French Revolution
- Know the results of political, social, and philosophical conflicts
- Expand research skills and find multiple resources to support arguments
- Sharpen verbal expression, writing skills, and organization of ideas through the process of composing rhetorically appropriate speeches and traditional essays
- Differentiate between possible historical motivations
- Demonstrate how individual characters might react to concrete historical situations
- Devise and present logical arguments, supported by evidence
- Evaluate and appreciate classical historical and literary texts
- Analyze the relationship between fact and contingency, theory and practice
- Criticize opposing viewpoints and defend their own
- Appraise distant cultures and transcend personal cultural constraints
- Collaborate with classmates as a member of a team and create community by working with classmates (both inside and outside of class)
- Develop leadership skills, as members of teams and as leaders
Defining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945
Students who participate in the Defining a Nation module will be immersed into India’s historical struggle for sovereignty and identity, exploring the time period when the British viceroy invited key religious and political leaders to Simla, India to decide the fate of an independent India. Taking on roles of actual and unnamed characters such as Mohandas Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, a Sikh leader, member of rural Hindu India, and others, students will decide the fate of post-British India. Students must stay true to their character and faction, but this is more than a simulation as students will determine how their version of India will look.
Students will tackle questions such as: How can a democracy be installed in a modern context? How can various religious and social groups coalesce into a single nation? Will power transfer to the India National Congress, which claims to represent all Indians? Will the Muslim League succeed in partitioning Pakistan from India? How can vulnerable minority groups gain protection from stronger groups in a democratic India?
Students will learn about the major religions of India, independent principalities, and minority groups such as the Untouchables and their various issues as diverse citizens of British India. Students will also learn to use primary sources to support their arguments, as they can only sources extant in 1945, and they will challenge each other on their understanding of the key texts influencing the diverse people of India.
To participate for the Immersive International Studies Summer Institute, you must meet the following qualifications:
- 14 years of age or older prior to June 24, 2019
- Enrolled in grades 8th – 12th during Spring 2019
Students who do not meet the minimum program requirements should not register and should consider other summer opportunities.
How to Register
Registration for the Immersive International Studies Summer Institute can be done conveniently online using the steps below.
- Access the Summer Institute Online Registration Form. Read all terms and conditions, then scroll to the bottom and “Continue to Registration”.
- Complete the first page of the online registration form by answering all mandatory questions, then, select “Continue” at the end of the first page.
- Provide responses to all questions on the second page of the online registration form, then “Submit”.
- Once your form is submitted, you will be redirected to the retrieve registration page, where you can select “Pay Now” to proceed with payment of the non-refundable deposit . Continue with the payment instructions to reserve your space in the program.
A space in the program is not reserved for you until valid payment of the non-refundable deposit* is completed. Those who are not prepared to pay after program acceptance can submit their registration form, log out, and retrieve registration at another time to make payment, however you risk losing a space in the program if program reaches capacity prior to the ability to pay. An email with instructions to retrieve registration will be sent within an hour of submitting your registration.
This deposit is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins. If you withdraw, this deposit will appear as processing fee charge on your BruinBill account.
If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the wait list, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.
If registering after May 1, full payment of all fees including the non-refundable deposit but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required to reserve your space in the program.
How to Make Registration Changes
Already submitted the online registration form but need to make a change or finish your registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. To retrieve registration, please complete the steps below:
- Access the Summer Institute Retrieve Registration Form here.
- You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. Fill out the form, then “Submit”.
IMMERSIVE INTERNATIONAL STUDIES SUMMER INSTITUTE: TRACK 1:
JULY 1 - JULY 6, 2019
IMMERSIVE INTERNATIONAL STUDIES SUMMER INSTITUTE: TRACK 2:
JULY 8 - JULY 12, 2019