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Political Science & International Relations

Political Science & International Relations

This Politics summer course is designed to introduce students to the academic disciplines of Political Science and International Relations, exposing them to the methods of social scientific inquiry and contemporary issues dominating the discipline.

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Course Summary

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.

Session Format

Week One

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.

Week Two

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.

Course Outcomes

What will you get out of the Political Science & International Relations Summer Course?

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.

Suggested Reading

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:


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)

Cambridge University Accommodation

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1209 (University of Cambridge)

Imperial College London

  • Location London
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite
  • Year Built Founded in 1907

Further Information

How to Enrol

Political Science & International Relations is part of the Broadening Horizons programme.

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