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Over the course of two weeks, the classes build a progressive understanding from the foundations of Political Science to some of the most pressing issues faced in the field of International Relations.
During the first week, students examine basic academic principles; the focus thereafter is on the development of international politics, with classes exploring issues such as the consequences of globalization and human rights.
In their second week students on this politics summer course will examine the ethical dilemma of torture, and the evolution of modern warfare (with particular emphasis on counter-terrorism legislation). They will study the conceptual basis of global governance, present to their peers on a major international institution, and participate in a class debate on whether or not war can be just.
Classes are structured so as to offer the greatest opportunity for thought provoking discussion, combining lectures, issue debates, written assignments, group challenges, and student presentations.
This subject is part of the Broadening Horizons course at Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s Oxford summer school.
The Broadening Horizons course, for students aged 16 to 18, is suitable both for those who are trying to decide what to pursue in further education, and for those who simply want to learn about a variety of interesting subjects - 30+ study options are available!
Students choose two morning classes and one afternoon workshop to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum that is tailored to their needs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or try out something new. Students studying Broadening Horizons in Oxford get the chance to live and learn in a college of the University of Oxford or in our 17th-century manor house, Yarnton Manor.
Expectations/Pre-requisites No prior knowledge of politics or international relations is required for the course. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint would aid writing and the preparation of group presentations.
If students would like to explore the subject before they join the course, we recommend the following textbook, though it is not compulsory and you will not be at a disadvantage for not having read it:
For students would would like to look into Politics and International Relations in even greater depth, the following is a selection of articles that they may wish to read, although again, they are not compulsory:
The Broadening Horizons programme - our flagship Oxford summer course - allows you to combine different subject options to enable a flexible, tailored programme that best suits your academic needs
To view other options, select your choice of options and apply, please visit the main Broadening Horizons Programme page
With the Broadening Horizons Programme you also get:
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