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Students will discuss the fundamental question of what it means to be human, looking at how we can apply human sciences to modern life. Throughout the series of lessons, students examine current sociological issues such as population growth, as well as the quantitative methods used in human sciences. The course takes a hands-on and interactive approach, looking at objective areas of research and the methodologies of Human Science, through lively experiments and case studies.
This course doesn’t focus on Human Sciences as a dry, academic discipline, but looks at its relevance to modern everyday life, considering how the biological, social, genetic and cognitive aspects of human nature inform our daily experiences. The huge diversity of nationalities in attendance at Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s summer school – with students from nearly 100 nations attending our Summer School last year – is a particular advantage in Human Sciences, allowing students to explore the multiplicity of human societies and cultures to consider the impact of Human Sciences in the daily lives of people from cultures other than their own.
In addition to expanding their knowledge of human sciences, students will produce both a short essay and a presentation, both of which can be on a broad variety of topics relating to the subject . Among other transferable skills, students will also develop their ability to analyse data, to consider their own society from a dispassionate and objective viewpoint, and to relate their personal experiences to others in a constructive and respectful manner.
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 subject will be assumed.
There is no compulsory reading, but if students want to do some reading around the subject ahead of the course, the following texts are recommended:
Robert Boyd and Joan B. Silk, How Humans Evolved (2002) – this is a great book, clearly written and offers a solid overview of the subject of human evolution. Broken down into clear chapters, it is an excellent quick reference guide.
James Peoples and Garrick Bailey, Humanity: an introduction to Cultural Anthropology (2003) – this is another clear introductory text, which covers many of the topics outlined in the course such as religion, kinship and globalisation. This book is great for case studies and can be read to expand your knowledge of different human groups within society.
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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