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1. Meet Christopher Marlowe, secret agent during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, for six-and-a-half years a Corpus Christi scholar, acclaimed poet and dramatist, author of Dr. Faustus and a central figure in more than one murder mystery. 2. Professor Chr
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Program Description:
The Corpus Christi Summer School in British and American Intelligence and Security provides in-depth teaching in UK and US intelligence & security programmes from the reign of Elizabeth I to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The three week summer school is based in the medieval setting of Corpus Christi College, founded in 1352, one of the oldest of the 31 historic colleges forming the University of Cambridge. The programme offers an exciting opportunity to study in England and will be of interest to students of history, politics and international relations. The course includes a number of visits in the company of expert lecturers to many famous sites associated with intelligence practice in the UK, including the wartime code and cipher school at Bletchley Park, the home of Colossus (the world’s first semi-programmable electronic computer), the Cabinet War Rooms, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford and the Imperial War Museum in London. Any student attending this course will obtain the latest, up-to-date knowledge; make new friends, both student and professional, and learn many secrets of tradecraft. It is anticipated that students will obtain six academic credits for completing the course.

1. Meet Christopher Marlowe, secret agent during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, for six-and-a-half years a Corpus Christi scholar, acclaimed poet and dramatist, author of Dr. Faustus and a central figure in more than one murder mystery. 2. Professor Christopher Andrew, whose recent book The Defence of the Realm will prove an invaluable companion, lectures on the Cambridge Spies – Kim Philby, Anthony Blunt, Guy Burgess, John Cairncross and Donald Maclean. 3. A series of 32 lectures given by senior academics covering UK and US intelligence from the reign of Elizabeth I to the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. 4. An optional afternoon programme of tutorials to discuss lectures and other intelligence matters. 5. Enigma: The Codebreakers’ Role in the Battle of the Atlantic. Under the guidance of Dr Mark Baldwin, leading expert on the German Enigma code of WW2, experience an original Enigma machine and decode your own messages. 6. Field visits to important sites in Britain associated with UK and US Second World War and Cold War intelligence operations. 7. Shorter visits will be made both to the colleges of the Cambridge spies and the principal medieval colleges of Cambridge. Students may also visit the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Parker Library of Corpus Christi, which houses a unique collection of Anglo-Saxon and early medieval manuscripts.

For those wishing to take the course to secure credits from their home universities, performance in the course will be assessed on the basis of a short (ca. 2000 word) paper on a topic of the student’s choice and guided by the course director due a month after the summer school ends (note that this is not a requirement for enrolment on the course). It is anticipated that most American universities will accept satisfactory completion of the course as the equivalent of 6 credits in the American academic system. Note we cannot recommend credit for those who do not complete all parts of the course. Certificates substantiating the course content and recommending credit and, if relevant, the grades awarded, will be provided at the end of the course. Please note that neither Corpus Christi College nor Cambridge University is in a position to award academic credit. It is up to you to ensure, preferably in advance, that your college or university will recognize such certification and award the suggested credits.
Setting Description:
Corpus Christi College Founded by the Guilds of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin Mary, Corpus Christi bears the distinction of being the only college in Oxford or Cambridge to be founded by the town citizens, rather than a royal, rich, or other important person. One of the college’s most famous assets is the Parker Library, named after Matthew Parker (1504-75), Master of the College and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Treasures include the earliest copy of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles and a bound copy of the St Augustine Gospels from the 6th century. A special visit to the library will be made. Former students of the college include the Elizabethan dramatist and secret agent Christopher Marlowe, American author Christopher Isherwood, and the well-known seventeenth-century British archaeologist and antiquarian (and Druid advocate) Sir William Stukeley. Today the college is home to a very active, international community of 400 students (from all academi
The cost of the programme is $3600. The price includes accommodation in single rooms at Corpus Christi College. It includes all meals, tuition, internet access, special University facilities and all field trips (including travel) and admission costs. The cost does not include travel to and from Cambridge, insurance, entertainments or other optional activities. A number of part-scholarships of $500 to $1000 are offered by the ACE Foundation to students in genuine need of financial aid. A cumulati

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