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Climate and Sustainability Summer Course in Oxford Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2020

Part of the BROADENING HORIZONS Programme


Study Climate and Sustainability to be an empowered sustainable citizen, who is striving to be part of a more sustainable society. By exploring ideas for our future society, such as Sustainable Cities, you will realise the complexities of the societal change needed for our future.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Residential in historic buildings in Oxford
  • An inspiring Climate and Sustainability course taught by experts.
  • Combine this course with other options - tailor your programme
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019

Course Summary

This two-week course will equip students with the skills to engage with pioneering material on Climate and Sustainability. During the course, the drivers and impacts of Anthropogenic Climate Change will be taught, as well as the process to help identify these. Students will explore the key term Sustainability and think about how technology, policy, and the human race can lead a shift towards a more sustainable society. Further, the current challenges and future directions of Sustainability will be explored through implementing critical analysis across a range of scientific pieces of work.

Throughout the two weeks, both written and oral assessments will be incorporated into the course to improve students' reflective writing and group work skills. Students will be using a multidisciplinary approach, using material from traditional sciences, technology, social sciences, policy and the built environment, to apply sustainable principles across a range of scales, from local to global. As Sustainability is a rapidly evolving field, new information is constantly emerging, meaning the foundations of knowledge gained must be built upon to keep up with the field. This course is designed to help you progress with your further studies and future career, and empower you to become a more sustainable citizen, who strives for a more sustainable society.

What will you get out of studying Climate and Sustainability Summer?

By the end of this course, you will have engaged with pioneering material on Climate and Sustainability. You will have explored the key term Sustainability and thought about how variables can help lead to a shift towards a more sustainable society. As part of this, you will have looked at current challenges and future directions of Sustainability, opening up possibilities for further studies and future careers in the field. During the course, you will develop your reflective writing and group work skills through the variation of course assessments.

The Broadening Horizons Programme

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.

Learn more about and apply for the Broadening Horizons Programme in Oxford

Expectations and Pre-requisites

No specific experience or skills are expected of students wishing to participate in this course, although a strong command of the English language is vital. We ask students to bring a laptop with them. If any additional course-specific equipment or software is needed, you will be notified in advance.

Choose your options and apply for Broadening Horizons

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

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