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Sociology is the study of society, examining how people interact in groups and seeking to investigate and understand social behaviour from a variety of perspectives. These perspectives include the ways people are organised into groups according to distinctions based on class, gender and race. This two-week course will explore the use of social sciences and how to conduct research in the field of Sociology. Students will study contemporary sociological theory and practice, and the role played by migration in shaping global cities.
Topics taught within Sociology range from gender and society to criminality and globalisation, providing students the opportunity to draw upon their knowledge to develop their own social engagement project. The course also provides a critical introduction to the history, nature and impact of social protest and social movements; the politics of neoliberal development; and the rise of NGOs to become a global industry.
By studying Sociology, you will gain an understanding of contemporary sociological theory and practice, and of the role played by migration in shaping global cities. By the end of the programme, you will have developed the skill of constructing an argument, and reading, interpreting and evaluating evidence. In addition, you will know how to present and communicate ideas and information in a variety of formats. You will also realise that Sociology is a wide-ranging and exciting area of study.
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 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.
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
With the Broadening Horizons Programme you also get:
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Oxford Royale Academy is a part of Oxford Programs Limited, a company registered in England as company number 6045196. Registered office: 14 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF. The company contracts with institutions including Oxford University for the use of their facilities and also contracts with tutors from those institutions but does not operate under the aegis of Oxford University.