Search results - History, Politics & Society Summer School 2013
|Type||Summer Schools - |
|Address||Held at Exeter College|
|Dates||Sun 30 Jun to Sat 20 Jul 2013|
|Fees||Resident programme fee - from £2,625|
Non-resident programme fee - £1,160
|Application status||Closed to new applications|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email email@example.com.|
The History, Politics & Society Summer School provides insight into issues and events that have influenced the contemporary world
DescriptionClick here to view the lecture programme .
The academic programme consists of
- a daily lecture programme given by leading scholars and distinguished speakers
- study in small seminar groups with specialist tutors
Applicants choose two seminars from:
- The Changing Face of Britain
- The Contemporary Middle East
- The European Union in Perspective
- Human Rights: Principles and Practice in the Contemporary World
- International Development: Challenges in a Changing Climate
- People Power: Contemporary Revolutions since 1986
- Political Economy in a Globalised World
- Warfare in the Modern World
Each seminar has two two-hour meetings per week, and classes will usually contain no more than 12 students
The programme provides a minimum of 46.5 contact hours, comprising
- 22.5 hours of lectures (15 lectures lasting c.1.5 hours each)
- 24 hours of seminar meetings (12 per course)
A range of optional excursions and social events will be offered throughout the summer school. These are likely to include: a walking tour of Oxford, after-dinner talks, a debates series, and weekend excursions to sites of historical and/or literary interest.
Please note that most of these activities incur additional costs, which are payable by students in Oxford
Programme detailsClick here to view the seminar timetable .
The Changing Face of Britain
Britain has recently seen immense social change and life in the
21st century is very much unlike life in Britain a generation
ago. This course will explore the main and most recent social
shifts and examine both legislation and government policy that
has sought to either accommodate or combat these changes. Main
areas for discussion will be family life; educational shifts;
trends in employment and lifestyle, the impact of immigration;
crime and social order; and religious commitment. Where social
problems are identified the class will include evaluation of
recent policy and discussion of potential solutions.
Tutor: Dr Amanda Palmer is Head of the Institute of Human Sciences at Oxford University and a Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford; she is also Director of Studies for Human Sciences at Harris Manchester College and Lecturer in Sociology at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.
The Contemporary Middle East
Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Middle East has been
the focus of world attention, but the Arab Spring and the
continuing confrontation between Iran and the West have added
to the complexity and urgency of the situation. The modern
history of the Middle East has been shaped by clashes between
religious fundamentalism, nationalism and Western influences.
This course will study various factors that have contributed to
the emergence of contemporary Middle East, including oil,
Arab-Israeli conflict, foreign invasions, and the Arab
Uprisings, and possible future encounters between the Middle
East and the West.
Tutor: Dr Gareth Winrow is an independent analyst and part-time tutor for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education; he was formerly Professor in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey.
The European Union in Perspective
In 2007 the European Union (EU) increased by 2 states to 27,
with applications from 4 others. Its population (495 million)
makes it the world’s second largest market. It is also
the world’s most comprehensively integrated trading bloc,
with some of its institutional actors driving forward the
process of economic expansion and political integration. This
course will explore the EU’s complex evolution. It will
examine topical issues affecting the EU in the twenty-first
century, specifically the single market and the eurozone
crisis, the efficacy of the eastwards enlargement, and the
EU’s role as both a global economic and political
Tutor: Dr Stuart Kewley is formerly Director of the Postgraduate Diploma Course in European Studies at Oxford University and is currently Chairman of the Eurasia Consortium, a management consultancy group with offices in Oxford, Shenzhen and Sofia.
Human Rights: Principles and Practice in the Contemporary
What are ‘human rights’ as opposed to other
categories of rights and are they socially and politically
constructed to ensure compliance to Western liberal values? The
course focuses on theories of rights and distinctions between
the category of human rights and other rights. It examines how
the constitutions of different countries address human rights
and considers how far the protection of human rights influenced
military intervention in Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.
The effectiveness of the policies of the United Nations in
protecting promoting human rights comes under scrutiny and the
course concludes with an analysis of the impact of
globalisation on human rights.
Tutor: Dr Ian Taylor is an Associate Lecturer with the Open University and was, until recently, Senior Lecturer in Government and Public Policy at Aston University.
International Development: Challenges in a Changing
As the impacts of climate change become increasingly evident,
just at a time when we find ourselves in the midst of a global
financial crisis, what are the implications for the
world’s poorest and most vulnerable people and how will
it affect our response to global poverty? This course will
question the sustainability of the current international
development model in the context of this changing economic and
environmental climate and will examine the risks and
opportunities that it presents. It will examine some of the
major issues in international development at this time and
consider different frameworks for measuring progress.
Tutor: Dr Emmeline Skinner is a human geographer by training, having worked in Fair Trade and in the NGO sector for several years and most recently as a social development adviser with the UK's Department for International Development.
People Power: Contemporary Revolutions since 1986
We live in an age of revolution. Looking back from the
‘Arab Spring’ since 2011, this course analyses the
causes and consequences of the waves of revolution and mass
protest since the term ‘people power’ was coined to
describe the events in the Philippines in 1986. Students will
have the chance to consider the internal and external reasons
for the success or failure of the anti-Communist revolutions of
1989-91 (including China’s Tiananmen Square protests),
Burma from 1988 until today, the so-called
‘colour-coded’ revolutions since 2000 in the
ex-Soviet bloc as well as the background to recent Middle
Tutor: Mark Almond is Visiting Professor in International Relations at Bilkent University, Ankara, and has been a member of the Oxford History Faculty for more than 20 years.
Political Economy in a Globalised World
To what extent do we live in a ‘globalised’ world,
and how helpful is the concept of ‘globalisation’
for understanding the contemporary international system? This
course will introduce students to the discipline of Global
Political Economy (GPE), which allows us to address these and
other key questions about the world today. Through an
historical approach, this course moves beyond the examination
of the dominant and classical theoretical perspectives of
political economy: mercantilism, liberalism, Marxism. It offers
a framework of analysis and addresses contemporary political,
economic and societal developments including ongoing
controversies surrounding such notions as
‘globalisation’ and ‘global
Tutor: Dr Christian L Glossner is a former lecturer in Political Economy at Oxford University and is currently Lecturer in Political Communication at the Université de Fribourg,
Warfare in the Modern World
The 20th century has undoubtedly been the most sanguinary in
recorded human history. This course will examine the origins,
course and results of several regional and civil wars and will
set them in their political, economic, religious and
ideological contexts. It will also explore the phenomena of
guerrilla insurgencies and various military responses to this
type of warfare. Clausewitz remarked that ‘every age had
its own kind of war’: we will pick out the threads of our
present kind of war – asymmetric or fourth generation
warfare - and explicit comparisons will be drawn, where
appropriate, with the contemporary situation in
Tutor: Dr Mark Radford teaches Modern History for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and is Senior Researcher in Irish History for Melbourne University.
- All students who complete the programme will receive an `attendance certificate`
- Those seeking credit at their home institution will receive a `detailed certificate` which details contact hours (for lectures and seminars), an assessment of their contribution to seminar discussions, grades achieved, and private study hours
Please note that, as Oxford University does not offer credit for this summer school, those wishing to obtain credit from their home institution for attending this programme must make appropriate arrangements with that institution in advance
Level and demands
Who is the programme for?
- Graduates with a subject-relevant academic background
- Teachers in high schools and colleges
- Professionals with an interest in study at university level
- Senior undergraduates with at least two years` study in a relevant academic discipline - ie history, politics, political or social science, economics or law - at university level
This is an intensive programme of study taught to an informed international audience
Applicants should be confident that they are academically and linguistically prepared for such a programme
Participants are expected to
- undertake preparatory reading in advance of the programme
- attend all lectures and relevant seminar sessions
- be actively engaged with their seminar topics
- submit an assignment of 2000-3000 words in length for each course taken
- undertake approximately 96 hours of private study during the programme (elements of private study will include: reading and other preparation between seminar meetings, work in the library, writing papers, etc)
English language requirements
As students are expected to participate fully in seminar discussions and are required to produce written work it is important that applicants can demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of their competency in the form of an original certificate or a certified copy that is not more than two years old. These applicants must satisfy one of the following requirements:
- IELTS – minimum overall score of 7.0, with not less than 7.0 in each of the four components
- TOEFL iBT (internet-based) – minimum overall score of 100, with not less than 25 in each of the four components
- TOEFL PBT (paper-based) – minimum overall score of 600, with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of at least 4.5
For further information on language qualifications:
However, non-native speakers of English who have successfully completed a full-time course of higher education in an institution where English is the language of instruction or who have significant business and professional experience in an English-speaking environment may not need to provide a certificate of English language qualification. Please contact the Programme Administrator for further details.
Disabled students (including those with mobility difficulties)
The aim of Oxford University Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE) is to treat all students equally and welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Individuals` needs are taken into account as far as possible, providing reasonable adaptations and assistance within the resources available. We ask that people let us know of any disability or special need (confidentially if required) so that we can help them participate as fully as possible.
When applying for OUDCE`s college-based summer schools, prospective students with mobility difficulties or visual or hearing impairments may want to make preliminary enquiries to the Programme Administrator, as the age and layout of these colleges often makes them user-unfriendly (although adaptations are often possible). Oxford, as an ancient city, tends to be difficult to navigate for people with disabilities. The number of very old buildings, designed in an age less sensitive to issues of disability, makes access to much of the city centre difficult. However, OUDCE will do as much as it is able to make study with the department possible.
Applicants should contact us if they will have problems gaining access to a bedroom or a teaching room that is located on upper or basement floors, or to the college dining hall (which is reached via a flight of stairs).
Founded in 1314, Exeter College is one of the university`s oldest colleges and is situated in the heart of Oxford.
Students who choose to be resident on the summer school will have a single study bedroom in Exeter College and will take meals in the college dining hall.
Bedrooms are located up the four to nine floors of a staircase; bath and/or shower and toilet facilities on each staircase are shared.
A very limited number of rooms have private bathroom facilities (shower room and toilet) and these are available for an enhanced fee. Early application for these rooms is essential - ie by the first gathered field deadline of 1 February 2013.
Students cannot be accommodated at Exeter College either prior to or beyond their programme dates. Family members and/or friends who are not enrolled on this summer school cannot be accommodated in college.
Students who choose to attend the summer school on a non-resident basis are responsible for finding their own accommodation. Information on accommodation in Oxford can be found on the internet at:
Please be aware that demand for accommodation in Oxford during the summer months is high
Exeter College has rooms which can be taken on a self-catering basis roughly one mile away from the main college site. For further information please contact the Assistant Steward by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Students will be enrolled as readers at Oxford University`s main reference library, the Bodleian
- They will also have access to the History and Social Science Faculty Libraries, and the Continuing Education Library
All students will be eligible to use the PCs and laser printer in Exeter College's computer room, which may be accessed 24 hours a day
Laptops: Cabled and wireless internet access
- For resident students, cabled internet access is available in all bedrooms - but not wireless
- For all students, wireless access is available in communal areas of the college
- Resident in Exeter College (standard room - with shared
bathroom facilities) - £2,625
Fees include tuition; access to IT facilities and libraries; accommodation, and meals in hall (except lunch on Saturday and Sunday)
- Resident in Exeter College (room with private bathroom
facilities) - £2,875
Fees include tuition; access to IT facilities and libraries; accommodation in a room with private bathroom facilities (shower room and toilet), and meals in hall (except lunch on Saturday and Sunday)
- Non-resident - £1,160
Fees include tuition; access to IT facilities and libraries; the programme`s formal opening and closing receptions and dinners
Successful applicants who accept our offer of a place on the summer school will be invoiced for the appropriate programme fee once they have been enrolled on the programme.
Students are required to pay the full fee within 30 days of their invoice date. Late applicants (see 'Apply for this course', below) are required to pay the full fee within 7 days of their invoice date. Places will not be held for students whose fees are not paid in full by the due date. In no circumstances will students be admitted to the summer school unless all fees have been paid in full.
All enrolments are subject to OUDCE's Terms and Conditions for Course Registration and Fee Payment
If you wish to cancel you must inform the Programme Administrator by email at email@example.com
OUDCE reserves the right to alter details of any course should illness or any other emergency prevent a tutor from teaching, and to cancel a course or seminar if exceptionally low enrolment would make it educationally unviable.
The status of this course will be reviewed on 15 April 2013. If it is likely that individual seminars or the course may be cancelled, all those affected will be notified in writing within seven days, and possible options clearly explained.
If students have not heard from OUDCE by 22 April 2013, they should assume that the course and their seminars will be running; there is no need to contact us to confirm. They may wish to delay finalising their travel arrangements until after this date.
Applicants are very strongly recommended to take out vacation cancellation insurance, and should consult their travel agent and/or insurer for information and advice. Please note that OUDCE does not provide any insurance cover.
Apply for this course
Application should be made on the form below. Please ensure all sections are completed fully, clearly, and in BLOCK CAPITALS.
The form must be accompanied by:
- A brief statement of purpose (350-400 words) detailing your academic reasons for wishing to attend the summer school. This should include what you hope to get out of the programme, and what you are likely to contribute to the intellectual life of the summer school. This may include details of history, politics, political and social science courses you have previously taken, or the relevance of the summer school to your present course of study or professional development. It is essential that you clearly state your reasons for wishing to enrol on specific seminars.
- A copy of your transcript, or a certified list of courses taken. These must be in English.
- In the case of non-native speakers of English, official evidence of English language competency.
- A letter of recommendation, ideally from a person who knows your academic work, though in the case of those no longer engaged in courses of academic study, recommendations from other sources (eg your employer or head teacher) will be accepted. A reference from a family member is not acceptable.
- Four passport-sized photographs (ie 3 x 3.5cm, or 1.25 x 1.5in), with your full name printed on the back of each.
Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered
Applications should be posted to: History, Politics & Society Summer School, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, OXFORD, OX1 2JA, UK
An email acknowledgement will be sent to confirm receipt of application materials
Oxford University operates a 'gathered field' closing date system by which applications are reviewed fairly and equally in batches at specific dates throughout the admissions period rather than on a first come, first served or rolling basis.
There is a limited number of places available on every course within each gathered field, and in assigning successful applicants to seminar groups the admissions panel will pay particular attention to applicants' personal statements.
There are three deadlines for applications:
- Gathered field 1 - 1 February 2013
- Gathered field 2 - 1 March 2013
- Gathered field 3 - 1 April 2013
Subject to the availability of places, late applications may be considered on a first come, first served basis until 1 May 2013
Notification of the admission panel's decision
Applicants will normally be notified of the panel's decision by email within 14 days of the relevant gathered field deadline.
Applicants who are offered a place on the summer school must respond in writing within 14 days to accept or decline the offer. In accepting our offer of a place applicants are committing to paying the programme fees in full by the due date.
Please note that late applicants will be notified within 7 days of their materials having been received, and successful applicants will then have 7 days in which to accept or decline our offer of a place.
Enrolment, invoicing, and further course information
- Students will be enrolled on the summer school once they have accepted our offer of a place
- The enrolment process includes the issuing of invoices, which will be posted to students together with full instructions for payment
- Detailed academic and semninar information will be emailed to students on enrolment togther with 'Joining Notes', which will contain a wealth of practical information to assist students prepare to travel to Oxford
Please contact the Programme Administrator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Important information regarding immigration and visa requirements
All students travelling to the United Kingdom (UK) are required to hold a valid passport. OUDCE welcomes international students on all its courses; however, it is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that they conform to UK immigration law.
If you are an European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss national you do not need a visa to enter the UK to participate in one of OUDCE’s summer schools. You are free to enter the UK as long as you show your EEA or Swiss passport on arrival.
If you are not an EEA or Swiss national, you will need to enter as a Student Visitor. The Student Visitor route allows students over the age of 18 to study either part-time or full-time for up to six months in the UK.
If you are not an EEA or Swiss national we strongly recommend that you visit the UK Border Agency’s website before submitting your application.
Please note that Oxford University summer schools administrative staff are not permitted to provide information and advice regarding visa-related matters: all such enquiries should be submitted to Oxford University’s student visa and immigration advisers via email at email@example.com
Sorry, this course is not currently accepting applications. If you have any questions about this course, please use the course enquiry form.