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#Oxford #13-15 years old #Maximum class size of 15 #From £5895

International Relations and Politics

Democracy rules. Or does it? Find out what people power means, why different societies are built in different ways and what really takes nations to war.
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Learning

Outline

From voting to victorious wars, we live in turbulent times. Study International Relations and Politics with us and you’ll learn about the different political theories, how individual countries are governed and why conflict happens. We’ll also explore topical issues like how the media influences our voting system and how a society should share its resources. It’s a contextual, relative course that challenges your own thoughts on how we live and how we’re governed.

Teaching methodology

Learning in a small group (no more than 15 students and often fewer) means that you get quality time with your teacher and ask as many questions as you like! Through interactive learning, our teachers will guide you through new concepts and assign you practice tasks to build your knowledge and skills. You will also have an opportunity for group work, independent research, and homework assignments to be discussed in class. Small classes mean everyone gets to have their say, and students learn from debating with one another, as well as from their tutor.

The experience

You’ll have time to explore Oxford for yourself, as well as forging new friendships for the future, and there’s an action-packed programme of social activities, field trips and excursions to help bring your learning to life. We might even head to London for the day.

You’re not a tourist, so we won’t treat you like one. Instead, we’ll help you uncover genuine local treasures and show you what life here is really like, from the inside.

Typical outings

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British Museum

Discover amazing treasures and experience the history of people from around the world. Then explore the heart of London from Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square to the National Gallery and St James' Park.

Warwick Castle

Let your imagination roar with history, magic, myth and adventure in the age of gallant dragon-slaying knights. And discover dark dungeons and watch birds of prey soar at one of England’s finest mediaeval castles.

Tower of London

The Crown Jewels, Beefeaters, and over 1,000 years of history – explore this iconic ancient fortress and castle, walk along the mighty river Thames and discover vibrant Brick Lane.

Westminster, London

The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral, St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace – just a few of the world-famous landmarks in this part of London. Enjoy being at the heart of our vibrant capital.

Bath

Explore the cobbled streets and Georgian architecture of this historic English city. And discover the secrets of the literary world of Jane Austen, the Roman Baths, and its lively shops and cafés.

Blenheim Palace

Uncover the amazing history of the palace where Winston Churchill was born. And explore incredible state rooms, the tricky garden maze, the butterfly house, the beautiful grounds, and much more.

Ashmolean Museum

This world-famous museum of art and archaeology in the heart of Oxford University unveils a world of incredible historical artefacts, Egyptian mummies, Picasso, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and much more.

Oxford

Let us show you around our home town. We’ll visit lots of fascinating museums, take a punt down the river, explore Oxford Castle, and uncover all the best bits of this classic English city.

Portsmouth

It’s action stations as you step aboard world-famous warships, including Nelson’s HMS Victory, brave the glass floor of the Spinnaker Tower, and explore one of England’s most important naval cities.

Bristol

Explore Brunel's amazing engineering feat, the SS Great Britain, get hands-on with science at We The Curious, marvel at the Planetarium, and uncover the secrets of one of the UK’s coolest cities.

Reviews

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Anika, Australia

"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."

Camila, Peru

"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."

Gabrielle, Singapore

"The last 14 days have allowed me the opportunity to study International Relations and Politics in a new environment, with tutors who were able to cover a broad scope of the subject with us."

Maayan, USA

"Choosing to come to Oxford Summer Courses has been an amazing experience. The course is about making friends, developing as a person, and learning as much as you can in 2-4 weeks at one of the best environments you can be in. Everyone is accepting and has such a great mindset. The course is filled with fun activities and you will never be bored."

Pablo, Spain

"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."

Stay in Oxford

Where it all began. Oxford is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and it’s also where Oxford Summer Courses was born. Known as the city of dreaming spires, Oxford has educated and inspired world-changing thinkers through the ages. And its renowned tutorial teaching keeps the university among the global elite. But it’s so much more than books. This is a lively, cosmopolitan and open-minded place. There’s room for everyone, with something new (or very old) to discover at every turn.

All of the accommodation in Oxford is based within Oxford University college grounds, and the beautiful buildings that date back in some cases to the 13th century, present a real sense of the traditional university. Although the bedrooms have been appropriately modernised, they remain in-keeping with the college surroundings with lots of character and charm. Accommodating full-time students during term time, the rooms are practical and usually have some desk space for quiet study time. Each corridor houses a pastoral member of staff, who oversees students throughout the night. We are able to offer twin or single bedrooms with either shared or private bathroom facilities.

You will get the chance to eat at a range of Oxford's best restaurants and cafes during the week, and each Friday evening you will experience an Oxford University formal hall. As an Oxford Summer Courses student, you will get to attend two formal halls per course, where you can expect an excellent dining experience and an electric atmosphere, as students and staff celebrate the achievements of the week together. Usually followed by a traditional party and graduation ceremony it really is an experience of a lifetime, so don’t forget your cameras for this one!

Tutors

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Guy Fiennes

MPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford - Guy specialises in middle eastern studies and migration, so far focussing on forced migration in the Middle East and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. A subject within which there is a considerable deal of misinformation, disagreement and salient prejudice, Guy aims to understand it as much as he can and use it to help people. He's also multilingual and has completed an internship involving translation and editing.

Oliver Hurcum

BPhil Philosophy, University of Oxford - As an undergraduate, Oliver focussed on 20th century Political Philosophy and Analytical Marxism. He now specialises in the more technical side of contemporary Philosophy—especially Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics, and Philosophy of Language.

Dates & Prices

25 Jun - 8 Jul 2023

Standard (shared bathroom)

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£5895

2 Jul - 15 Jul 2023

Standard (shared bathroom)

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£5895

9 Jul - 22 Jul 2023

Standard (shared bathroom)

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£5895

16 Jul - 29 Jul 2023

Standard (shared bathroom)

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£5895

23 Jul - 5 Aug 2023

Standard (shared bathroom)

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£5895

30 Jul - 12 Aug 2023

Standard (shared bathroom)

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£5895

6 Aug - 19 Aug 2023

Standard (shared bathroom)

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£5895

13 Aug - 26 Aug 2023

Standard (shared bathroom)

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£5895

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