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Bologna Global Leadership Programme Ages 16-18

ORA's Bologna Summer School 2020
Also available in Oxford | London | Cambridge | St Andrews | Yale

Join us in Bologna this summer on our Global Leadership summer course to improve your knowledge and skills in politics, international relations and leadership. An immersive Italian experience in an historic city, with excursions to nearby Florence, Modena and Rimini Beach.

2 weeks | Available July-August 2020

  • Live and study in Bologna city centre
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Guest talks by Bologna University academics
  • Join 40 students from all over the world
  • Immersive Italian cultural programme

Course Summary

The Global Leadership Programme is designed to provide the young leaders of tomorrow with a summer course consisting of lectures, discussions and workshops that tackle the key issues faced by global leaders today and in the future. The course introduces students to the international community of which all leaders are a part, and the ways in which changing social, political and economic conditions shape the role a leader plays within the context of current affairs.

Students will focus on the study of political theory, philosophy, sociology and contemporary international relations, and will examine the economic context of current affairs. They will think about the challenges faced by today’s leaders, and will examine case studies of contemporary world leaders. Students will be encouraged to consider their own responses to these challenges, and will be asked to apply these ideas in interactive workshops as well as seminar-style discussions. The programme is suitable both for those seeking general exposure to the subjects covered and for those who aim to pursue further education in the field of politics and related subjects.

What to expect from the Global Leadership Programme

This course has clear long-term career benefits to students with leadership ambitions, whether in the fields of business, politics, economics or science, but completing this summer programme will also be an advantage in the short-term. The knowledge and transferable skills acquired during students’ time with us will benefit their school studies, university applications and longer-term job prospects.

Attendance on the Global Leadership Programme will put students in an excellent position for university applications, developing the knowledge and skills that universities value. In addition, the confidence built through attending the Global Leadership Programme will help students feel more comfortable in an interview situation.

Boost your future career

Oxford Royale Academy have carefully designed the Global Leadership Programme with the express intention of helping students take practical steps towards achieving their career ambitions. Attending this course puts the summer holiday to good use, both in growing knowledge of politics and international relations and in developing vital leadership skills.

Debating, analytical skills, intellectual awareness, independent working and teamwork are all important skills required of a modern-day global leader. The situations that global leaders must deal with are frequently complex and they require strong personal skills for understanding the multi-faceted issues affecting them. During their time at Oxford Royale Academy, students will be involved in discussions about a range of issues affecting global politics, and they will get plenty of practice at analysing these issues in order to achieve a deeper understanding of what’s driving them.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Understood the key issues facing global leaders today and in the future
  • Become familiar with the principal theoretical debates underpinning these issues from the perspectives of politics (inclusive of political theory/political philosophy) and global politics (international politics) and political economy
  • Developed and refined their ability to analyse contemporary global issues from various theoretical perspectives and their ability to argue a case confidently and convincingly, as well as advanced their analytical, presentation and debating skills, both written and oral.
  • Examined the economic context of current affairs
  • Studied political theory, philosophy, sociology and contemporary international relations
  • Examined case studies of contemporary world leaders
  • Participated in interactive workshops and seminar-style discussions
  • Increased intellectual awareness and confidence
  • Improved their university applications and interview skills
  • Built up their confidence

The course will broadly be taught in two ways:

1. Theoretical consideration and discussion of relevant contemporary political debates (teacher-led).

2. Interactive workshops (student-led).

Topics Covered

The Global Leadership Programme will tackle a wide range of issues and questions, such as:

  • Human nature, the individual and society
  • Equality, social justice and welfare
  • Power and the art of government
  • Political ideologies and economic globalisation
  • Attitudes to the changing world order in the 21st Century
  • Identity, culture and challenges to the West
  • Nuclear weapons, proliferation and the politics of disarmament
  • Global futures and the world in 2035

The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change.

Day Week 1 (Scroll right for week 2) Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Introduction to Essay Writing skills and selection of topics
Lesson 2: Key issues in Politics
Lesson 3: Introduction to debating and interactive workshops
Field trip or guest speakers
Tuesday Lesson 4: What is global politics?
Lesson 5: Theoretical Approaches in International Relations
Lesson 14: Essay feedback session
Lesson 15: Globalisation
Lesson 16: Group Presentations
Lesson 17: Group Presentations
Lesson 18: The Art of Debating
Wednesday Lesson 6: Origins of the State System & Changes in World System
Lesson 7: Nation, nationalism and their internationalization
Lesson 8: The art of debating
Lesson 19-20: The Global Economy
Thursday Lesson 9: Inequality research & Equality and social justice
Lesson 10: Are equality and liberty incompatible?
Lesson 21-22: Global Ideology Activity
Lesson 23: The Art of Debating
Friday Lesson 11: Political Ideologies
Lesson 12: Challenge to Western ideologies
Lesson 24: Final Review

Take this course if...

Take this course if you consider yourself one of the leaders of the future, and would like to explore a career in politics, and what this really entails.

Welcome to Bologna - a summer of true Italian immersion awaits!

Man walking through the porticoes of Bologna during the summer

Home to the oldest university in the Western world (founded 1088), the culinary capital of Europe, a stone's throw from Florence and close to the seaside getaway of Rimini Beach, Bologna will welcome a select group of ORA students in summer 2020. Students will experience all that this magnificent city has to offer over two immersive weeks of study and cultural exploration, enjoying its porticoes, cafés, museums, fine cuisine and more.

The Bologna summer campus is in the Camplus Bologna Bononia residence, a state-of-the-art student residence just next to the university district. With comfortable rooms, social areas, a gym, canteen, outdoor relaxation areas and more, Camplus is the ideal spot to live and learn this summer. Regular minibus services run into the city centre to ensure students make the most of their time in Bologna during free periods.

Photograph of the camplus complex
View of student relaxing area on campus
View of the canteen of Camplus Bologna Bononia

Outside of class, the extra-curricular programme is designed to ensure students soak up the atmosphere of their Italian surroundings. Students will enjoy guided tours of the university, the city, its museums and other most famous sites, along with excursions to Florence, Modena and Rimini Beach. Closer to home, Italian Cookery Masterclasses and Beginners' Italian classes encourage students to learn more about Italy and the Emilia Romagna region.

Portico and bunting in Bologna city centre
Tables and chairs with umbrellas on Rimini Beach, Italy
View of the skyline and duomo of Florence

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodation in the modern Camplus Bologna Bononia student residence, enjoying comfortable single and shared rooms. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for students using the Camplus halls of residence.

Take a tour of the Bologna Bononia campus.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications. ORA residential staff live in the Camplus residence throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

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