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This course has been designed to introduce students to some of the most important environmental, economic, social, and political concerns of modern life. Through a series of seminars, students will have the opportunity to examine the issues that dominate headlines around the world, from the global economy to current political controversies, as well as development and sustainability. Whatever a student’s particular political interests, they should find themselves engaged by this wide-reaching course.
The concept of development is used throughout this course to illustrate how different global issues can be interrelated and to emphasise the fact that international politics now places more emphasis on global rather than regional relationships.
The seminar series is composed of two major units, consisting of key sessions on development and sustainability and current political and economic controversies. During the first week students examine the basics of development and sustainability, and in the second week you will discuss major issues in global affairs, focusing on the role of social media in popular protests and major environmental issues. To develop an awareness of competing views about how global issues can be best tackled, students examine the themes of sovereign states and human rights. .
The course is suitable for both those seeking general exposure to the issues that are dominating the headlines around the world, from social protests and current political controversies, to development and sustainability and for those who aim to pursue further education in the field of development politics and international relations.
Classes are structured so as to offer maximum opportunity for discussion, provided by a combination of lectures, written assignments, and class activities. Students benefit from a truly global viewpoint as they work with classmates from all over the world – last year, students from over 150 different nations joined our Oxford Summer School, and students can therefore expect to engage with cultural viewpoints they might never have considered before, that might usually be thought of as beyond the scope of the press or public discourse in their home countries. Students will learn how to put forward differing points of view in a clear and civil manner, and how to respond to the perspectives of others constructively and respectfully.
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 formal study of the subject will be assumed, but students will be expected to contribute their personal perspectives and experiences in order to provide the class with a variety of opinions.
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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