Study Human Geography with our Oxford Summer School 2017 | Students aged 13-15
Class Summary

This Human Geography course encourages students to explore the relationship between humans and their natural environment. Studying economic and cultural geography, students will gain an understanding of the social patterns that shape human life. Through interactive challenges, project work, and classes on a broad range of topics, students will learn how communities around the world are coping with major changes in society through economics, government, and how corporate and individual decisions can shape cultural identity.

The course is designed to introduce students to the study of human geography by exposing them to the principles of global politics and culture, whilst discussing contemporary issues surrounding economics, religion, identity, and health. The course is suitable both for those seeking general exposure to the subject and those who aim to pursue further education in the field of human geography. During the first week, students examine the basics of culture, society and economics, looking at Oxfam as a case study. In the second week they prepare a class project on a chosen country, and engage in more specific debate over contemporary issues in global affairs, such as development and aid. Classes are structured so as to offer the greatest opportunity for discussions; thus the course offers a combination of lectures, issue debates, written assignments and group presentations.

Students are encouraged to think widely about issues affecting cultural and environmental geography. A range of case studies and debates are used to increase students’ cultural awareness. Oxford Royale Academy is proud of the huge diversity of nationalities among our student body (students from 65 different nationalities attended the New Perspectives course last year) and this is a huge advantage for studying Human Geography, as students can share and learn from each other’s experiences. This is particularly advantageous in providing a broad variety of perspectives for the debates and discussions that are central to this course. Topics of debate include contemporary issues in Human Geography such as population, settlement and culture. Students leave the course with a greater understanding of their own culture as well as that of others, having experienced a truly international learning environment.

Students also learn transferable skills, such as experience of working in small academic groups to complete tasks and projects, and effective research and presentation skills that will be of value to them in their future studies. As skills in collaborative work are particularly valued, students on this course will be engaging in a project that involves the whole class working together to share knowledge and understanding.

Expectations/Prerequisites

No prior knowledge in Human Geography is necessary, but students should be willing to discuss and share their cultural experiences, and to learn from those of their peers.