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Politics and International Relations Summer Course in Oxford Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2020
Also in Cambridge

Part of the NEW PERSPECTIVES Programme


Study Politics and International Relations with our Oxford Summer School 2020. This Politics and International Relations course introduces students to the methods of social scientific enquiry and contemporary issues which dominate the two disciplines, progressively exposing them to the principles of liberal democratic politics and the contemporary issues dominating world politics.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Residential in historic buildings in Oxford
  • An inspiring politics 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 Politics and International Relations course introduces students to the methods of social scientific enquiry and contemporary issues which dominate the two disciplines. In each class, students are progressively exposed to the principles of liberal democratic politics and the contemporary issues dominating world politics. The course is suitable for both those seeking general exposure to the subject and those who aim to pursue further education in the field of politics and international relations. Classes are structured so as to offer the greatest opportunity for discussion, which is provided by a combination of lectures, issue debates, written assignments and class activities.

Week One

The first week of the course is dedicated to politics, providing a broad introduction to democracy in general to begin with, and then later focusing on the British political system in particular. The assessment for this week is a piece of written work about the political system in students’ native countries. This course takes advantage of the wide variety of countries of origin that students come from (students of 75 different nationalities attended the New Perspectives course in 2017) to discover and share a plethora of valuable perspectives.

Week Two

The second week of the course introduces students to the most accessible parts of international relations, namely international law, security and human rights, focusing on outcomes rather than theory. Students deliver a presentation on a detailed case-study as their assessment for international relations.

What will you get out of the Politics and International Relations Summer Course?

The aim of the course is to familiarise students with key concepts in the study of Politics and International Relations (IR) through the discussion of principles of liberal democracy as well as contemporary issues of national and international importance. The course introduces dominant features of democracy, encourages students to discuss their importance, and includes many debates on contemporary issues in world politics such as globalization, human rights and nuclear proliferation.

Students are strongly encouraged to engage in discussion and debate on contemporary global issues, their causes, consequences and effects on our lives, and will be aided in developing and expressing their views on these subjects as they do so. Analytical awareness will be fostered in students’ written and verbal arguments as a crucial skill for the discussion of politics and international relations, and indeed for future studies in general.

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.

Click here to apply for the New Perspectives Programme in Oxford

Expectations and Pre-requisites

No prior knowledge of politics or international relations is required for the course. For the duration of the course, students are expected to fulfil their daily assignments and readings, so as to enable class participation and discussion. It is also expected that students be respectful and tolerant of other faiths and cultures, particularly during discussions of the controversial issues that form an important part of any Politics and IR course.

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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