Ready to get to the heart of what it is to be human?
Studying Sociology and Anthropology allows you to take different perspectives on how humans behave, interact and give meaning to their environment. You will examine societies past and present, how they are constructed and how they influence each other. This Cambridge-based course is an opportunity to work with some of the world’s sharpest minds to tackle some of humanities fundamental questions about itself: why and how do we do what we do?
Cambridge offers unique resources for studying these subjects. It is home to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, displaying collections of objects from as far apart as Norfolk and the South Pacific. In addition, you can view the vast collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum, including weapons and armour from around the world, illuminated manuscripts and north African art. All of this can be found in a buzzing city with its own unusual ways and patterns to be discovered…
From age 16 to 24, our sociology and anthropology summer courses in Cambridge are designed specifically to fit your level of experience.
Cambridge is at the forefront of sociological and anthropological thought because of the skill of its researchers. Some of whom will be tutoring you.
Throughout the course you will be encouraged to think independently, to be critical and contribute to class discussion. You will have seminar-style classes which lay the foundations for your own research which you will then present in your tutorial. The tutorial system is renowned for its effectiveness in improving students' skills and knowledge, as you receive individual time with your tutor.
This personalised approach allows you to follow your own interests and methods of analysis and test your conclusions with a world-expert. You will also be learning with students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, opening your mind to different values and ways of living.
Angela Remus is reading for a Master of Science in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the Department of International Development and Kellogg College, University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the concept of ‘informal asylum as it relates to undocumented immigrants in the United States. She previously practiced immigration law in the United States as a Department of Justice accredited representative, where she worked with refugees and other immigrants. She has traveled widely, including study and research in Cambodia, Malawi, and Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Rochester in International Relations and Spanish.
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.”
Miles Kempton recently graduated with an MSc (with Distinction) in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology from Balliol College, University of Oxford. Previously, he studied History at Royal Holloway, University of London where he received numerous academic awards and graduated top of the Arts and Social Sciences Faculty. Miles’s principal interests lie in the history of the life sciences and the impact of Darwinism in Britain. He has given papers on a variety of topics, from the history of animal behavioural science in the nineteenth century to contemporary debates in animal ethics. In addition, Miles has just returned from seven months teaching English on the French Indian Ocean island of La Réunion.
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.
"I enjoyed our conversations about religion and ethics in philosophy class because I was able to form a more complex opinion on those topics with the help of our in-depth discussions."
"Oxford Summer Courses, as an institution is such a perfect opportunity to experience the Oxford life for aspiring students!"
"During the two weeks, we covered various aspects of psychology and learned a lot by discussing our ideas, debating, and reading. I also improved my writing skills by working on an essay and a poster under the supervision of a careful and attentive tutor."
"My tutor was really insightful and helped us ease into the subject. We had many debates on our views on certain philosophical debates such as ‘Do we really have Knowledge?’ The best part was that we were in a small class, about 3 of use, so everyone was included in the discussions and nobody was left out."
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