Subject Tasters give you the chance to get a taste of an academic subject equivalent to first-year undergraduate level. There will be three sessions for each subject, each session generally focusing on a different theme.
All students will take one of the following four subjects: Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Economics and International Relations. Please indicate your first and second choice on the registration form. ACC students will take a second Subject Tasters module, the choices being Developmental Psychology, Business and Consumer Psychology and Sociology. Please indicate your choice on the application form.
For each subject, there are limited places and these are allocated on a “first-come-first-served” basis. The student will be informed of the subject(s) allocated to him/her in the enrolment letter.
Natural Sciences is the framework within which most science “subjects” are taught at the University of Cambridge. Our Natural Sciences subject tasters cover the themes of Evolution, Biodiversity and Genetics.
Mathematics is the science that deals with the logic of shape, quantity and arrangement. Maths is all around us, in everything we do. It is the building block for everything in our daily lives, including mobile devices, architecture, art, money, engineering, and even sports. The more complex a society, the more complex its mathematical needs.
Economics: Economists study how resources are distributed. This may be macroeconomics; how money supply, governments, businesses, consumers etc interact with each other on a national and international scale, or microeconomics; how individual consumers and companies etc interact.
International Relations: The world appears to be in a state of change. International Relations taster sessions will explore questions concerning the changing world order. Is it true that America is in decline and others, such as China, on the rise? Are states still the main centres of power in the world today? How about multi-national companies? Who or what may influence international events most?
Developmental Psychology will give you the opportunity to think about how we develop attachments to our families, as well as the chance to plan your own psychological experiment, which will involve considering some of the ethical dilemmas which can arise in such scientific, ‘knowledge-seeking’ activities.
Business and Consumer Psychology will introduce you to the different approaches taken in psychology and give insights into how and why we do the things we do. Your task (in pairs or small groups) will be to introduce a new product to the market, such as a new mobile phone, drink, clothing item, sports car, or any other product of your choice, and to give a final presentation to the class, using psychological methods to influence us to buy your product.
Sociology is the study of societies and attempts to understand how humans act in groups (families, sub-cultures etc). A society is a community of people living in a particular country or region and having shared customs, norms of behaviour, laws, institutions and organizations. So, for example, how and why do social norms change over time?