It is that time of the term where I blog about our new courses and this term I am particularly excited to share our two new courses for Trinity: The First Civilization: Mesopotamia 3500-2000 BC and People and Society: A Global Perspective. From the civilization that saw the first societies, to ways of understanding society and how it shapes our world today, these courses help you engage with the world in very different ways. Both will stimulate your thinking and each case they are particularly timely with current news events.
Our Mesopotamia course was a revelation to me, as a normal British school child I knew a bit about Egypt, but I would now argue we should be all be studying Mesopotamia which is at last as fascinating and even more revelatory in terms of the amazing artifacts produced by civilizations so ancient the dates start to seem fanciful. As stories are emerging of ancient sites being destroyed in the Middle East this course will help you understand just how tragic this is.
People and Society is a very different course, but again tied to current events, if you live in the UK, by the election. This course examines many of the sociological assumptions that inform political discourse and will give you new ways to think about the debate, as well as helping you situate it in a global context.
Both these courses were in subjects I did not think I had much of an interest in, but as a result of developing I now know I do – study them and you may find the same thing.