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Over two weeks, students on this Archaeology and Anthropology pre-university summer course will explore some of the key theoretical principles underpinning archaeological and anthropological practice, illustrated by real case studies from prehistory to the present day. The course covers a mix of theory and practice, outlining the key schools of thought that underpin Archaeology and Anthropology while also looking at research methods, ethical issues, and modern techniques. Ultimately, the course aims to encourage students to consider humanity in an entirely new light.
A particular advantage of our historical locations is that students also have the opportunity to adopt a hands-on approach on this archaeology summer course: handling archaeological artefacts, visiting some of the UK's most outstanding museum collections and even participating in a mock excavation. Students are also encouraged to take a personalised approach to the subject in reassessing their own day-to-day behavioural manifestations and social relations.
Over the two-week period, students will develop a sound understanding of the principal aims and methods of Archaeology and Anthropology, and begin to think critically about how professionals derive information from ancient artefacts and ethnographic evidence. We encourage our students to be independent thinkers, challenging preconceptions and adopting well-informed attitudes towards relevant issues: the study of Archaeology and Anthropology touches on cultural diversity, the ownership of heritage, and differing ethical standpoints, as well as political ideologies, international diplomatic strategy and group identity.
This archaeology summer course emphasises the relevance of archaeology and anthropology to modern everyday life, shedding light on the biological, social, cultural and cognitive aspects of human nature. Students are assessed on the basis of their written work and a presentation.
This subject is part of the Broadening Horizons course at Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s Oxford summer school.
The Broadening Horizons course, for students aged 16 to 18, is suitable both for those who are trying to decide what to pursue in further education, and for those who simply want to learn about a variety of interesting subjects - 30+ study options are available!
Students choose two morning classes and one afternoon workshop to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum that is tailored to their needs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or try out something new. Students studying Broadening Horizons in Oxford get the chance to live and learn in a college of the University of Oxford or in our 17th-century manor house, Yarnton Manor.
No previous knowledge of the subjects will be required.
The following optional texts can be read if desired in preparation for the course, though they are entirely optional:
The Broadening Horizons programme - our flagship Oxford summer course - allows you to combine different subject options to enable a flexible, tailored programme that best suits your academic needs
To view other options, select your choice of options and apply, please visit the main Broadening Horizons Programme page
With the Broadening Horizons Programme you also get:
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