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Global Politics & International Relations - Oxford

Oxford Royale Academy's 2021 Global Politics & International Relations Summer School for Adults 2021 on the campus of the University of Oxford, taught by elite ORA academic faculty.

Why study Global Politics and International Relations?

Do you want to enhance your knowledge of global politics and international relations? An intensive summer programme for adult students, held on the campus of the prestigious Oxford University, is ideal if you want to hone your expertise and skills, to accelerate your progression in politics. Immerse yourself in this multidisciplinary subject, as you consider fascinating topics and challenges facing the global community, from different perspectives. Discuss how to tackle issues like poverty and terrorism, considering the views of international students alongside you. Critically evaluate modern theories and current topics, as you explore aspects of philosophy, law, human rights and ethics.

You are invited to attend either Part 1 or Part 2 – or alternatively you can combine both parts into a two-week Politics and International Relations immersion with Oxford Royale. This modular structure allows you to build the programme around your own study goals and schedule, in order to maximise the benefit to you.

Indulge and amplify your interest as you connect with other adult students, to study Global Politics and International Relations on an enriching residential, that offers expert insight into these disciplines.

Course Summary

The aim of this course is to extend your knowledge and understanding of global politics and international relations and provide a strong grounding in contemporary and up-to-date thinking in critical areas. It will encourage objective, critical and evidence-based discussion, analysis and evaluation of modern theories and current topics through an exploration of the multidisciplinary nature of the two subject areas, and connections will be made between politics and philosophy, political philosophy, ethics, human rights and international law.

Realist, liberal, institutional and constructivist perspectives will be employed as lenses through which to view the study of the inter-relations of these two subjects with specific reference to theories of contemporary state-building and state formation. State-building in early modern Europe and Latin America will be analysed and an investigation as to why some states are defined as failed states will be undertaken against sovereign state criteria. This will lead in to an analysis of the origins and dimensions of the concept of colonialism and decolonisation.

What’s included?

  • Residential in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Inspiring courses taught by experts
  • A truly international environment – form a global network
  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programme
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate
  • 5 exciting lectures and 5 lively discussion-based seminars
  • Maximum 10 students per class
  • 15+ hours tuition / week
  • Talks with world-class guest speakers
  • Inspirational cultural programmes, including excursions to historic UK locations
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What you will learn

By the end of the course you will understand:

  • The fundamental skills required to actively engage in the study of Politics and International Relations and to continuously reassess the current political climate around the world.
  • The main challenges facing experts, academics and professionals in the international arena of Politics and International Relations
  • The characteristics and implications of warfare between the Congress of Vienna and World War II and its relation to the development of international humanitarian law
  • How humanitarian law and international human rights law provide fundamental legislation and rules for the laws of military engagement between nations
  • Assessed liberalism as a western construction and its influence on ‘non-democratic’ parts of the world

Earn your certificate

After your amazing summer of discovery, we know that you’ll want to share your success with your family, friends and teachers back at home. We also know that you’ll want to understand from your ORA tutor what you did particularly well on your course, but also where there might be room for future learning and development.

After successfully completing your course, you’ll receive a graduation certificate, awarded at a memorable ceremony hosted for you and your parents on the final Friday of your summer school. We’ll also provide a detailed report card, highlighting all that you have achieved during your time with us, as well as some next steps for future success.

Course Summary

The course will commence by exploring a wide range of authoritarian regimes and explain how authoritarian leaders have been able to consolidate power in an enduring way, perhaps beyond expectations. It will analyse how authoritarian regimes can survive but also be brought down and discuss the factors, origins and theories that lead to greater democratisation, as well as how less democratic or even undemocratic countries can flourish economically.

The course will critically examine the relationship between economic development and inequality and democratisation and assess why these factors do not support authoritarianism. The question ‘What kinds of economic development can foster democracy?’ will be debated as will the realities of realising the ‘democratic dream’. How can particular states overcome their problems and move to democracy? This will be contrasted with the challenges posed by hybrid regimes and terrorist groups which will involve an analysis of the key perspectives on terrorism along with a consideration of the question ‘How should the threat of terrorism be countered?’.

What’s included?

  • Residential in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Inspiring courses taught by experts
  • A truly international environment – form a global network
  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programme
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate
  • 5 exciting lectures and 5 lively discussion-based seminars
  • Maximum 10 students per class
  • 15+ hours tuition / week
  • Talks with world-class guest speakers
  • Inspirational cultural programmes, including excursions to historic UK locations
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What you will learn

By the end of the course you will understand:

  • How to identify the characteristics of traditional and contemporary warfare and terrorism and counterterrorism and the politics and international relations aspects of international humanitarian law
  • How to critically appraise the role of politics and international relations in international development
  • How to assess the different factors associated with regime stability and change and for the persistence of hybrid regimes
  • How to pinpoint the actors, causes and spread of terrorism through the assessment of current counterterrorism regimes
  • A greater familiarity with the characteristics and mechanisms of international trade and the international monetary system and considered international issues concerned with international poverty initiatives

Earn your certificate

After your amazing summer of discovery, we know that you’ll want to share your success with your family, friends and teachers back at home. We also know that you’ll want to understand from your ORA tutor what you did particularly well on your course, but also where there might be room for future learning and development.

After successfully completing your course, you’ll receive a graduation certificate, awarded at a memorable ceremony hosted for you and your parents on the final Friday of your summer school. We’ll also provide a detailed report card, highlighting all that you have achieved during your time with us, as well as some next steps for future success.

Our Oxford Summer School for Adults is back for 2021!

After the disruption of the last 12 months caused by COVID-19, we are looking forward to sharing the wonderful university and city of Oxford with you again in summer 2021! Get ready for a magical summer as you make new friends from around the world in the inspiring surroundings of the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Advance your knowledge in your chosen course, open your mind to new possibilities, and experience world-class culture. Join us for an unforgettable summer!

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Learn from the world’s best minds

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a new discovery at the cutting edge of science? Would you like to learn what it’s like to study in an Oxford tutorial, a Cambridge supervision, or in a top British boarding school? Or explore whether university study in your favourite subject is really for you?

Whatever your motivation, our exceptional, inspiring, world-leading teachers can help you achieve more this summer. Our amazing array of talented tutors includes Oxbridge academics, Ivy League lecturers, groundbreaking medical researchers, glittering industry leaders in film and fashion, acclaimed authors, and more!

We assemble our diverse faculty from all over the world, exclusively for you, so you only learn from the very best. Every tutor will guide you on your path to future greatness.

Join exciting trips and activities

At Oxford Royale Academy, we strive to offer a summer of fun and enjoyment alongside your academic immersion.

We can help you uncover Oxford’s secrets, from the best coffee shops to the dreamiest riverside parks, from Oxford’s very own castle to must-visit shops, galleries and museums. Alongside your new friends from around the world, you will enjoy a busy extra-curricular timetable, including a sophisticated graduation ceremony and dinner, guest talks from Oxford researchers and academics, excursions offering a glimpse of Britain’s past, and much more.

Useful Information

Arrival and Departure

Welcome to the Summer School Arrivals and Departures Hub. Here you can find all the information you need prior to departure including information about flights, transfer options and other important information regarding your arrival and departure.

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COVID-19 Response

As members of the British Safety Council, student safety is our top priority. Our coronavirus measures go beyond the latest UK government and Public Health England guidance, and as a minimum, guarantee a number of key features.

What to Bring

You will receive a Welcome Pack after you enrol. Your Welcome Pack will provide a full list of what to pack and which personal items and travel documents you will bring with you when you join the programme

Guest Speakers

We believe that the chance to talk frankly and openly with leading figures from the worlds of culture, media, sport and academia allows our students to develop both their confidence and their analytical skills. Each of our speakers presents on a topic that they are world experts on before fielding questions from our student audience.

Any questions?

Check out our FAQs

How do I book a place on the course I want?

Once you have decided which course you would like to attend, you can book online using our secure booking system. Once your application has been submitted, you will be sent an email confirming that it has been received.

If you prefer, you can download an Application Form by clicking here. You can return the Application Form to us by any of these methods:

Scan and email to [email protected]
Fax to +44 (0) 845 280 01 22
Post to Oxford Royale Academy, Yarnton Manor, Church Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1PY, UNITED KINGDOM.

Once your booking has been processed by one of our members of staff, you will receive email confirmation of your place on the course of your choice. A Welcome Pack will be available to download from the ORA Portal from April. If at any time you would like to discuss your booking with a course advisor, please feel free to email [email protected] or call us on +44 (0) 1865 954 800.

How do I pay for my course?

All courses require a deposit payment to secure the booking. For Summer 2021, this is £995 GBP for all two-week courses for ages 13+, and £395 for one-week courses for 8-12 years. You may either pay the full course fee when you book your place, or pay the deposit amount and then the balance at a later date. The balance clearance is required at least 60 days before the start date of the course. Where the student is booking less than 60 days before the start date, the balance must be covered in full.

New online enrolments will require a Debit or Credit Card payment of at least the deposit amount. If you would like to enrol and make your deposit payment via Bank Transfer, please contact our Admissions team, who will be happy to assist you in doing so. ([email protected])

Payments for existing enrolments can be made via a number of methods, including domestic and international bank transfer, credit or debit card, as well as local payment options; please log in to your ORA Portal and click on the ‘Pay Now’ button on your booking details.

What do my course fees include?

All course fees include the following:

  • Classes and tuition (20 taught hours per week)
  • Study files/materials
  • Guest lectures by academic speakers
  • Personalised academic reports and graduation certificate
  • Accommodation in your chosen location (see our accommodation page for the specific colleges and locations)
  • Meals in the Hall
  • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
  • Daily updates for parents and family on the ORA campus blogs
  • A wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
  • Coach excursions
  • Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
  • A multitude of extras, including an ORA notebook and branded clothing
Will I receive a graduation certificate?

Yes, students will be awarded an Oxford Royale Academy Graduation Certificate in their chosen course upon satisfactory completion of the course. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the course.

Will I have to share a room/facilities?

Most of our accommodation sites offer a mix of single and twin bedrooms, with some campuses having en-suite bedrooms available and others have shared bathroom facilities between a small group of same-sex students. If you have a particular preference for a certain room type, you can make a request on booking, which may be granted subject to availability. If a particular room type is required for medical reasons, please contact our Admissions Team who will be able to check availability on different sites, depending on the course chosen.

Sharing your room with fellow students is a great way of getting to know people and making friends.

How secure are the campuses?

All our programmes take place in a secure environment. Our students are supervised 24 hours a day by campus staff. All students must check-in regularly during the day: at roll-call at breakfast; at their morning classes; in the afternoon for lessons, workshops or activities; at dinner and in the evening before curfew. All campuses have a curfew.

Each campus office has its own safe where students may deposit items of value such as passports, travel documents, bank cards etc.

All campuses have residential staff who can be contacted 24 hours a day.

Do I need a visa to travel to the UK?

If your country is part of the EU or the European Economic Area you will not require a visa to enter the UK. It is always safest to check whether you need a visa with the relevant authorities.

I want to change to another course or study option. Is this possible?

If you wish to change your course or study options (including dates), please do not hesitate to contact us. However, changes to courses are always subject to availability. For this reason, it may be more difficult for us to accommodate any changes requested less than 60 days before the course start date.

If I need to cancel my booking, will I get my money back?

Oxford Royale Academy’s terms and conditions for refunds are as follows:

Any cancellation must be received in writing and can only be on the following terms:

no refund of deposit will be made under any circumstances, once the two-week cooling-off period has concluded;
for cancellations before your course start date, the remainder of the course fees less the deposit amount will be proportionally refunded as per the table below:

Period Before Start Date Total refunded

  • 120+ days 100%
  • 90-119 days 50%
  • 45-89 days 10%
  • 0-44 days 0%
I want to attend one of your English language courses: how will you know what my level of English is and what sort of tuition I need?

All students registered to attend our English Language courses will be required to take an English Language Placement Test, which will assess the relative abilities of each student. Students are then placed into ability groups based on the results of their assessment, and the material that they study is tailored to the level of the class.

Once you have booked your place on a course we will send you information on how to take our online Placement Test. This test should take approximately one hour and should be taken by the student at least one month prior to their arrival date.

Please note that Oxford Royale Academy English courses do not cater for beginners in English.

Can I take more than one course?

It is certainly possible to take more than one course and combine a variety of study programmes. This can be done in two ways:

Enrol on two different programmes. For example, you may wish to have two weeks on the International Law and Politics course and then two more weeks on the Economics Programme.

Students staying for two consecutive sessions will be provided with accommodation for the Saturday night, and their campus will provide supervised activities between their first session ending and second session starting. Should you have any queries about how to take more than one course please do not hesitate to contact us.

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