Welcome to the Arts & Humanities strand of the Year 12 Inspire Programme!
Here you can find virtual Twilight Sessions, Q&As and links to further reading that will help you delve deeper into the subjects we cover.
Geography (Alex Manby)
- ‘A Very Short Introduction to Geopolitics’ by Klaus Dodds.
- http://www.intonomansland.org/ – explores the journey of two academics trying to visit no man’s lands around the world.
- ‘Micronations: the people who create their own countries’
- https://sealandgov.org/ – website of The Principality of Sealand. Check out the ways in which Sealand tries to make itself appear like a state online.
- https://unpo.org/ – represents unrepresented nations and peoples around the world (like the Tibetan Government in Exile) on a global stage. Look at the ‘member map’ for more information on other unrecognized polities.
- ‘The Challenges Faced by Stateless People at the UN’
- Fiona McConnell’s Spotlight on Research in the Oxford School of Geography on Marginal Voices and Bullying at the UN
- The Guardian Long Read ‘Welcome to the Land that No Country Wants’ on Bir Tawil (also available as a podcast)
Classics & Ancient History (Stephan Nitu)
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- 1915 London bus posters with quotes from Pericles
- Every single cognitive bias on an infographic
- Selected chapters available online from Historians’ Fallacies
- Greg Anderson’s TED Talk covering many of the deeply-held biases covered in the session
- A standard overview scholarly article on the Athenian democracy and an interview about Athenian democracy with one of the world’s leading experts
- One of the many articles you can read on one of the most controversial books in Classics: Black Athena. This is a book that thinks critically about the Greek civilization and, while making some errors, attributes most of its origins to the Near East and Egypt, influences that had been tacitly ignored before in a Eurocentric, white paradigm of thinking.
Post-GCSE Study Skills
Welcome to the St John’s Post-GCSE Study Skills Session. Post-GCSE can be quite challenging, because there many new obstacles which you may face. For example, you may find you have a higher workload and a greater focus on independent study. This session is designed to help you develop your skills so that you can overcome these challenges, all while learning how to study with maximum effectiveness. You will have a chance to reflect on the learning style that suits you best, and how you can tailor your learning to work with that style.
In order to make the most of this session, you will need to download the Post-GCSE activity pack below, and either print it off or have it ready to edit on your computer. You’ll also need some pens, pencils and paper, and internet access so that you can look up a few websites while completing the activities.
Play through this video, pausing to complete activities and fill in the Activity pack as you go.