The Human Universe is a course which seeks to explore the formation of knowledge within mathematics, natural sciences, human sciences, history, indigenous knowledge systems, the arts and ethics. Its multidisciplinary nature owes much to the American liberal arts tradition which emphasises the intrinsic interconnectivity of different disciplines and seemingly discrete subject areas. The course is underpinned by three core principles:
- Academic enrichment and inspiration
- Multidisciplinary study
- International mindedness
The course is designed to reveal the wonderful complexity of nature and invites students to engage with some of the most important questions regarding the emergence and sustainability of life in our universe. It explores creativity within the arts and encourages students to engage with the latest developments within the world of science and technology. The diversity and richness of this course provides students with an opportunity to identify their own intellectual and cultural passions whilst developing their critical thinking, presentation, debating and research skills.
The state-of-the-art facilities within the Bean Academic Centre provide an excellent location for this course which will be delivered through a variety of seminars, workshops, lectures and collaborative project work. The course will introduce children to a new and challenging educational environment within which, increasingly, they will be expected to take personal responsibility for their learning and, consequently, gain a greater sense of ownership over their work.