Origins of Creativity Summer School
Creativity – crafting things, forecasting the future and managing change – has been a key condition of the modern world. It made modern capitalism possible and led humanity to previously unseen levels of prosperity, making parts of the world rich, and others poor.
This summer school will trace the complex origins of creativity, you will explore how they intertwine with the history of capitalism and economics and build your knowledge of the critical language relating to these subjects.
Brexit, economic nationalism and the rise of China as well as the possibly waning economic lead of 'The West' dominate the debates of our day. Creativity lies at the heart of such debates. The Origins of Creativity Summer School will further develop your understanding of the historical and social contexts of creativity, innovation and the history of capitalism.
This intensive summer school will be made up of a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops. A field trip is also included. The schedule for 2021 includes the following topics (subject to change):
Day 1: How did we become creative? Origins of creativity
- Course introduction/ debunking the myths of capitalism: The entrepreneurial state.
- Origins of creative thought - from the Renaissance to Francis Bacon to Joseph Schumpeter.
Day 2: Why are some countries rich and others poor?
- Is world poverty rising, and what role does creativity play in the process?
- What factors explain why some countries are poor? Lessons from the Roman Empire 200 AD to the European Union 2020 AD.
Day 3: Demographic change, collective knowledge management and innovation in the premodern Euromediterranean: From the Roman Empire to Victorian England
- Historical case studies: Innovation in the late Roman Empire and the Islamic Empires with an outlook on Venice and England (ca. 500-1800).
- General themes: Innovation in big empires, economies of scale, division of labour and mobility; declining marginal returns? Effect of external shocks?
Day 4: Manufacturing the future, managing creativity: Entrepreneurial states and creative bureaucrats
- Powers of creativity: Finance as magic – From Babylon to FinTech
- Powers of trade and globalisation: Innovations in global commerce
- Managing creativity: The bureaucratic state as the origin of creativity
Day 5: Field trip (TBC)
You will be assessed through continuous assessment, written work and an oral presentation.
The summer school carries 20 credits.
Applications for the 2021 Summer school open in January 2021.
To apply to the Origins of Creativity Summer School, we expect the following:
- You will be 18 or over on the first day of the course.
- You will be a registered undergraduate student at a tertiary institution such as a university or college. Mature students, postgraduates and recent graduates are also welcome to apply. This course will be of particular interest to those students studying a programme with a history-related focus, with an economic history and history of capitalism focus.
- You will have achieved good academic grades equivalent to GPA 3.0. Please contact us if you are not sure what the equivalent grade would be for your home institution.
- The course is only available to students taking the course for credit.
If English is not your first language, you must fulfil one of the following English Language proficiency requirements:
- IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill.
- TOEFL paper-based test minimum score of 583 with a minimum of 53 in all skills.
- TOEFL internet-based test minimum score of 93 with a minimum score of 20 in all skills.
- English Language O-level/IGCSE/GCSE grade C.
- International Baccalaureate Standard Level English, grade 4.
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate grade B.
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, grade C.
- Level 4 of Chinese University English test for English majors, or Level 6 of Chinese University English Test.
All transcripts must be authorised by your university and your English language scores must be clearly presented in English and be no more than two years old.
We would be happy to consider your application or offer advice if you do not meet all of our entry requirements – please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your application.
The tuition fee for students taking the course for 2021 is currently being reviewed. The tuition fee covers the teaching, assessment and field trips.
If you are part of a group with more than 10 students from the same institution we can offer a 10% group discount.
The accommodation fees are not included in the tuition fee. For further information on availability of accommodation and the associated cost, please see the accommodation section.
In addition, you will need to budget for living costs to cover food, travel and personal expenses. Manchester is a relatively affordable place to live in. It is cheaper to cook than eat out. All accommodation provides cooking facilities. Weekly grocery shopping is approximately £30-£50.
All students are required to arrange their own travel and health insurance before arriving in Manchester.
Fees for the course, or part of the course, can only be refunded if cancellation in writing is received at least 20 working days before the published start date of the course. All refunds are subject to a £210 administration fee. The course deposit will only be refunded, less an administration fee of £210, within 20 working days of the course start date in exceptional circumstances e.g. a visa refusal, and upon receipt of documentary evidence. The administration fee is not refundable under any circumstances.
Before you apply
Please browse the course content and entry requirements before applying.
You need to submit the following documents as part of your application before Friday 7 May 2021:
- an academic transcript from your current university;
- proof of your English language qualification such as IELTS or TOEFL scores;
- a completed application form (click to download).
Failure to include all of the required documentation will delay your application. Please see our Entry Requirements for further details.
All applications and accompanying documents should be emailed to email@example.com.
Applications are considered in the order they are submitted. Any applications received after the deadline may not be successful.
The admission process
- All correspondence will be via email so please check for responses regularly.
- After you have submitted your application, you will receive an acknowledgement email within 5 working days.
- A decision will be made on all applications by the end of May 2021, but we may contact you earlier. If you are offered a conditional place we will send you a letter detailing your next steps.
- Your place on the summer school is not confirmed until the course fees are paid in full. This is done via our online store using a credit or debit card. The deadline for payment will be Friday 28 May 2021.
- You will also be asked to pay for your accommodation at this point.
- Upon receipt of full payment, we will issue an unconditional offer letter.
Please note that a minimum number of students is required for the course to run. Confirmation that the course will run as scheduled will be sent out to applicants in May 2021.
Not all students require a visa to enter the UK – you can check your eligibility on the Home Office website.
If you do need a visa, it will usually be a Short-Term Study Visa which allows you to visit the UK for less than six months and undertake some study while here. It is not the same as a Tier 4 (General) student visa which requires a CAS number. You will be sent an unconditional offer letter which you can use for your visa application.
If you have any queries about which visa you should apply for, please visit the Home Office website or email The University of Manchester's visa office.
The University of Manchester is centrally located in the city of Manchester. It is a 30-minute drive from Manchester International Airport and 10 minutes from the main train station by car, from which you can travel to the rest of the UK via an extensive rail network.
The University is within walking distance of the city centre and main attractions like museums, shopping centres, theatres and sports venues. The city offers a wide choice of food outlets and restaurants. We are at the doorstep of the Curry Mile, well known for its Indian/Pakistani food. Manchester's China Town is the largest in the country with a number of Chinese, Korean and Japanese supermarkets.
Within a short distance of Manchester are the beautiful national parks of the Peak District, Lake District, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire. You will find beautiful natural scenery and tranquil spots in these places. They are popular tourist attractions for British families and international tourists.
Find out more
We offer a choice of standard or en-suite rooms in university halls of residence close to the teaching rooms. All rooms are private rooms (no sharing) and are grouped into self-catering apartments which share a living room and a kitchen. Included in the fee are cooking equipment, a weekly clean, and fresh bed sheets on a weekly basis.
Wireless internet is available on campus free of charge to university students, but in some bedrooms there is a wired broadband connection so students are advised to bring a laptop with them to allow a cable connection. There are also study spaces and computers available in The University of Manchester Library which students are encouraged to use.
We allocate students to their rooms in each flat to encourage a diverse mix of people from around the world, in keeping with the international experience. Therefore, you may not be placed in a flat with students from your home university.
The university campus is open to the public but patrolled by campus security.
For more information and to check availability please email the Creative Summer Schools team.
What to bring
We recommend bringing the following items:
- An umbrella, as Manchester can sometimes be a rainy city!
- A good waterproof coat, to keep you warm and dry.
- Sturdy footwear as we’ll be walking around the city and sometimes in the countryside.
- A backpack or daypack for carrying your belongings when on field trips.
- Sun protection cream, a hat and sunglasses for good weather.
- Warm clothes such as jumpers, coats and hats for night time activities, outdoor excursions and bad weather.
If you forget anything, there are plenty of shops in the city centre where you can find all of the essential items.
For more information on Creative Manchester see our website.