Cultural Perspectives

Cultural Perspectives courses are another unique aspect of the academic offer at Harris Westminster. In Year 12, alongside their 4 A level or Pre-U courses, students elect to study 3 further courses each term. These are 8 week courses which students attend for one lesson a week and they prove a rich and diverse intellectual and cultural seam. Cultural Perspectives courses encourage students to foster new skills and to explore new ideas, developing their ability to debate and argue; to form and communicate their own opinions; and to wrestle with thorny ethical issues to which there is no simple, widely accepted answer.

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Students can choose from a huge variety of courses which offer them the opportunity to embrace learning opportunities beyond the narrow confines of the A level curriculum. These Cultural Perspectives courses provide them with an amazing array of knowledge and ideas both to inform their UCAS applications and to enliven any university interviews that they might be fortunate enough to be invited to. They are also interesting on their own terms and are often the intellectual and cultural highlights of many students’ weeks.

The following list is a selection of some of the remarkable courses that Harris Westminster students have been able to sign up to just this academic year:

Advanced German Conversation The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela
Beginners Mandarin Mythbusting Mental Health
Beginners Printmaking North American Native Studies
Business Start-Ups The Other in Literature
Campaigns that Changed the World                       The Persian Emprie
Criminal Behaviour and Deviance Scriptwriting for Film
Food Issues The Solar System: through history, culture an science
Games and Strategies Spoken Word Poetry
Gender Trouble from Freud to Beyoncé Theology and the Arts
Governing Britain since 1945 What is Democracy? (a personal exploration)
Introduction to Grand Opera Whistlestop Tour of Contemporary Art