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The Philosophy in Prisons team, from left to right: Andy West, Mike Coxhead, Andrea Fassolas

In 2016, the King’s Department of Philosophy piloted an 8-week philosophy course for prisoners at HMP Belmarsh.

With the support of Professors Bill Brewer and MM McCabeMike Coxhead (PhD candidate and Visiting Research Fellow in the Department), Andy West (senior specialist at The Philosophy Foundation), and Andrea Fassolas (honorary therapist at the Guild of Psychotherapists) developed and delivered a course of discussion-based philosophy classes.

Content included personal identity, freedom, time, scepticism, the ethics of belief, mental health, and topics in moral philosophy. Classes were delivered based around The Philosophy Foundation’s method of philosophical enquiry.

Find out more on the Department of Philosophy research pages.

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World Cultures, Global Futures summer school
World Cultures, Global Futures was a three-day summer school open to year 12 students from state schools in June 2017.

Academics from German, Film Studies and Comparative Literature worked with Modern Language Centre teachers to engage 35 students in discussion and activities around cultural difference, globalisation, linguistic and cultural diversity, and national and global identity.

The students gained experience of university- level seminar teaching and exposure to new materials and languages. They also had the opportunity to meet current students and find out more about degree-level study, as well as take part in a careers workshop. 

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Iris Project – Inner London Latin
The project has been running for several years in the capital's state primary schools, offering pupils in large, mixed-ability classes the opportunity to learn about Latin in fun, accessible and relevant ways.

Student teachers from the Department of Classics at King's deliver a year-long course to years 5 and 6, introducing the language with activities and games as well as offering a taste of Classical myths and culture through storytelling and drama.

The project provides access to the fascinating subjects of Latin and Classics for hundreds of inner-city school children. It also enables undergraduate students to engage with local communities, gain experience and training in teaching, while also developing a range of other new skills.

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Inside Opera MOOC
The Department of Music and King's Online worked with the Royal Opera House and the Victoria & Albert Museum to develop the Inside Opera Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

The free course takes learners behind the scenes at the partner institutions to see how opera works, how it has changed over the centuries and ask the question: Is opera relevant today?

Hosted by FutureLearn, students of all ages from around the world can access the course in their own time and at their own pace.

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