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Human Geography Summer Course in Oxford Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2020

Part of the NEW PERSPECTIVES Programme

Study Human Geography with our Oxford Summer School 2020. This Human Geography course explores economic and cultural geography, giving an understanding of the social patterns that shape human life, in order to teach how communities around the world are coping with major changes in society through economics, government, and how corporate and individual decisions can shape cultural identity.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Residential in historic buildings in Oxford
  • An inspiring Human Geography course taught by experts.
  • 17 exciting classes to choose from - tailor your programme
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities at ORA in 2019

Course Summary

This Human Geography course encourages students to explore the relationship between humans and their natural environment. Studying economic and cultural geography, students will gain an understanding of the social patterns that shape human life. Through interactive challenges, project work, and classes on a broad range of topics, students will learn how communities around the world are coping with major changes in society through economics, government, and how corporate and individual decisions can shape cultural identity.

The course is designed to introduce students to the study of human geography by exposing them to the principles of global politics and culture, whilst discussing contemporary issues surrounding economics, religion, identity, and health. The course is suitable both for those seeking general exposure to the subject and those who aim to pursue further education in the field of human geography. During the first week, students examine the basics of culture, society and economics, looking at Oxfam as a case study. In the second week they prepare a class project on a chosen country, and engage in more specific debate over contemporary issues in global affairs, such as development and aid. Classes are structured so as to offer the greatest opportunity for discussions; thus the course offers a combination of lectures, issue debates, written assignments and group presentations.

Theory and Practice

Students are encouraged to think widely about issues affecting cultural and environmental geography. A range of case studies and debates are used to increase students’ cultural awareness. Oxford Royale Summer Schools is proud of the huge diversity of nationalities among our student body (students from 75 different nationalities attended the New Perspectives course in 2017) and this is a huge advantage for studying Human Geography, as students can share and learn from each other’s experiences. This is particularly advantageous in providing a broad variety of perspectives for the debates and discussions that are central to this course. Topics of debate include contemporary issues in Human Geography such as population, settlement and culture. Students leave the course with a greater understanding of their own culture as well as that of others, having experienced a truly international learning environment.

What will you get out of the Human Geography Summer Course?

Students will learn transferable skills, such as experience of working in small academic groups to complete tasks and projects, and effective research and presentation skills that will be of value to them in their future studies. As skills in collaborative work are particularly valued, students on this course will be engaging in a project that involves the whole class working together to share knowledge and understanding.

The New Perspectives Programme

This subject is part of the New Perspectives course at Oxford Royale's Oxford summer school.

The New Perspectives summer course, for students aged 13 to 15, 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 - 17+ 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 New Perspectives 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.

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Expectations and Pre-requisites

No prior knowledge in Human Geography is necessary, but students should be willing to discuss and share their cultural experiences, and to learn from those of their peers.

Choose your options and apply for New Perspectives in Oxford

The New Perspectives programme - our flagship Oxford summer course for 13-15s - 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 New Perspectives Programme page

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