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Politics

What are the arguments really about? Dig into fundamental concepts of fairness, equality and justice, and see how they play out in today’s political debates and controversies.
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Learning

Outline

Moral compass at the ready. Study Politics with us and you’ll question authority and the legal system and learn how to form just, rational opinions backed by evidence and thorough thought processes. We’ll explore freedom and liberty, what equality truly stands for, the international landscape, and an analysis of current affairs for a bigger picture view.

Teaching methodology

Learn the Oxford way with tutorial-style teaching. Your expert tutor will foster self-directed learning and critical thinking through interactive seminars in small groups (no bigger than 8). During your course, you will complete two pieces of independent work (essays or problem sheets), which your tutor will then evaluate in either a 1:1 or 2:1 tutorial. Tutorials will provide you with the opportunity to discuss your work and feedback with your tutor and learn new perspectives from your classmates. On completion of the course, you'll receive a certificate and letter of recommendation from your 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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Anna, Denmark

"The seminars with my tutor were challenging and opened my eyes to new aspects of politics. Studying political theories with classmates from different countries with different systems exposed me to new angles, which has deepened my understanding of the subject."

Jessica, USA

"We were a three-person class, so every conversation included the perfect balance of an intimate setting and seriousness."

Sofya, Russia

"This course is all I could wish for it to be and more. Not only the course I took, but also the freedom of my schedule and the approachability of all the student leaders have contributed equally to making these two weeks absolutely unforgettable."

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.

Dr Yaqoob Bangash

DPhil in Modern History, University of Oxford - Yaqoob is a historian of Modern South Asia. His current research interests are in the emergence of Pakistan as a post-colonial state, with broader interests in decolonization, modern state formation, formation of identities, and the emergence of ethnic and identity-based conflicts. His DPhil was on the accession and integration of the princely states in Pakistan, which has been published by Oxford University Press as A Princely Affair: Accession and Integration of Princely States in Pakistan, 1947-55. He is currently working on a monograph on the imagination of Pakistan as a country after its creation, using the debates of the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan (1947-56) as the primary material. Yaqoob has published widely in academic journals and news media. In 2018, he was a British Academy Visiting Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, and presently is the 2019 Chevening Fellow at the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies and a Member of the SCR Keble College, Oxford.

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