Oxford is as close to the core of global politics as it comes. The city is famed for the quality of its academic output and from Bill Clinton to Indira Gandhi, many international leaders have made a home of Oxford at some point. The University’s Department of Politics and International Development is also world-renowned. Its past alumni include many British politicians like Thatcher and Blair, on top of the influential free-market economist, Adam Smith.
So there couldn’t be a more suitable city to engage with the big topics of international politics. Today’s pressing issues include trade wars, national identities, international conflict, and the ensuing refugee crisis. But whatever your specific areas of interest, this Oxford summer course in international relations and politics is designed to suit you.
Match your passion to your academic pursuit. Find a course that makes you never want to stop learning.
Some of the best minds in international relations and politics have passed through Oxford. Your tutor on this course will be no exception…
In this Oxford summer course you will look at theoretical approaches to today’s most hotly debated and divisive topics. But far from just sitting and listening to a tutor, the course is designed to get you more engaged with the subject. Our tutorial method is the same used at the world-renowned Oxford university. The broad approach to learning encourages you to establish and follow your own interests – whether that might be international relations, politics in the digital age, or political history to name just a few topics.
You have two seminars at the beginning of each week, where you develop your understanding of international relations and politics. Using this theory, you then move onto more intimate tutorial settings to debate your own work. Studying with fellow students from around the world also leads to some lively debate, due to the array of backgrounds and beliefs on the course.
Elle Pfeffer is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and a member of Worcester College. Her research focuses on the interaction of welfare state politics and criminal justice systems in Europe and the United States. She has previously taught tutorials in Comparative Political Economy for undergraduate students. Elle holds an MPhil in Politics: Comparative Government from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in International Studies and Writing Seminars with honors from Johns Hopkins University.”
Emre Caliskan is reading for a DPhil in International Relations at St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. He taught Middle East Politics and International Relations courses at the University of Oxford. His dissertation explores the role of Turkish Islamic non-state actors in Turkey’s foreign policy making in Sub-Saharan Africa. His other interests include Turkey’s transnational Islam, Turkish foreign policy, and Islamic NGOs in International Relations. He holds an MA in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King’s College London and is the co-author, with Simon A. Waldman, of The ‘New Turkey’ and its Discontents (2016) which assesses social, religious and political polarisation under Recep Erdoğan’s AKP and the likely consequences for Turkey’s evolution. A Turkish analyst and freelance journalist, Emre has worked for the BBC Turkish service, Cumhuriyet, Newsweek Turkey and the Turkish public broadcaster Türkiye Radyo Televizyon (TRT), as a foreign correspondent based in Ankara, Damascus, Beijing and London. His commentaries are picked up by Open Democracy, Al Monitor and Haaretz.
Why not mix it up a little?
Are you torn between two subjects, or undecided on which city to study in? The good news is that you can often combine two subjects, or even split your studies between different UK locations.
"My time at Oxford Summer Courses has been nothing short of extraordinary. I have honestly had one of the best experiences of my life here."
"I just want to say, thank you Oxford Summer courses family. For helping me and being able to give us a wonderful experience, one I am sure I will not be able to forget. I appreciate the effort you made for us and for everything I learned."
"My experience at Oxford summer courses was unforgettable, especially the international relations and politics which is the course that I chose. During these 2 weeks I passed a great moment chatting and of course learning with other people some really interesting subjects."
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