UQ | Western Civilisation Summer School

If you like reading, writing, or thinking about big ideas, this is the Summer School for you.

Few monsters have proven as popular as Frankenstein. He is the star of countless movies, comics, and TV series. Generations of audiences have been thrilled and terrified as he lurched across the screen. In the inaugural Western Civilisation Summer School, we invite you to come to UQ and discover the novel that started it all.

This two-and-a-half-day residential Summer School will introduce students to key themes in the text. It will explore the ethical questions that the text raises about humanity, the origins of life, and the limits of science. It will also provide opportunities to discuss the influences on Mary Shelley’s writing as well as how Frankenstein has influenced modern popular culture and debates.

Other activities include an evening of ghost stories, a trip to UQ’s Integrated Pathology Learning Centre, an afternoon session on leadership and how to be a ‘change maker’, and a movie night themed around Frankenstein.

The Summer School is open to all students who will be entering year 11 or 12 in 2022.

Applications close 5 December 2021.

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