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Human Sciences

Human Sciences

This Human Sciences summer course has been designed to provide students with an overview of the social and biological factors that affect human life, ranging from the study of genetics and evolution to how humans are affected by their own social structures, and also considering the academic interplay between the subject and others.

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Course Summary

Students will discuss the fundamental question of what it means to be human, looking at how we can apply human sciences to modern life. Throughout the series of lessons, students examine current sociological issues such as population growth, as well as the quantitative methods used in human sciences. The course takes a hands-on and interactive approach, looking at objective areas of research and the methodologies of Human Science, through lively experiments and case studies.

This course doesn’t focus on Human Sciences as a dry, academic discipline, but looks at its relevance to modern everyday life, considering how the biological, social, genetic and cognitive aspects of human nature inform our daily experiences.

The huge diversity of nationalities in attendance at Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s summer school – with students from nearly 100 nations attending our Summer School last year – is a particular advantage in Human Sciences, allowing students to explore the multiplicity of human societies and cultures to consider the impact of Human Sciences in the daily lives of people from cultures other than their own.

Course Outcomes

What will you get out of the Human Sciences Summer Course?

In addition to expanding their knowledge of human sciences, students will produce both a short essay and a presentation, both of which can be on a broad variety of topics relating to the subject . Among other transferable skills, students will also develop their ability to analyse data, to consider their own society from a dispassionate and objective viewpoint, and to relate their personal experiences to others in a constructive and respectful manner.


No previous knowledge of the subject will be assumed.

Suggested Reading

There is no compulsory reading, but if students want to do some reading around the subject ahead of the course, the following texts are recommended:


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

Further Information

How to Enrol

Human Sciences is part of the Broadening Horizons programme.

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