Are you fascinated by the amazing variety of human behaviour? Do you want to get to the heart of what it means to live in a society? Studying Sociology and Anthropology allows you to take apart ideas such as ‘normal’, to appreciate the complexity of human life. It will give you insight into how power is constructed and operates; how groups form and interact; and how societies have viewed themselves at different points in history. This is a course for the open-minded, the critical and the curious.
Oxford’s researchers are working at the forefront of these fields, addressing fundamental questions through the study of current and past societies. Working with them will sharpen your skills of analysis and open your eyes to the dynamics at play in all of our lives. Oxford also offers the unique resource of the Pitt Rivers Museum, a 19th century ethnographic collection of objects taken from peoples around the world, as engaging as it is contentious, that can offer insight into different peoples’ understandings of the world – not least the collectors.
From age 16 to 24, our Oxford Sociology and Anthropology summer courses are designed specifically to fit your level of experience.
Oxford's extensive libraries and unique collections attract some of the world's most influential thinkers and you will have the chance to learn from these very people.
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.
"The best part of my classes here would be the insight they’ve provided towards looking at history from different perspectives, and how important it is to properly gauge the usefulness of a source in your given essay."
"The academic support I had during my time in Oxford Summer Courses was incredible, my tutor Professor James Harris was by far the best tutor I’ve ever had"
"Choosing to take part in this exciting, fun-filled trip has been one of the best decisions I have ever made."
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