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The Global Leadership Programme is designed to provide the young leaders of tomorrow with a summer course consisting of lectures, discussions and workshops that tackle the key issues faced by global leaders today and in the future. The course introduces students to the international community of which all leaders are a part, and the ways in which changing social, political and economic conditions shape the role a leader plays within the context of current affairs.
Students will focus on the study of political theory, philosophy, sociology and contemporary international relations, and will examine the economic context of current affairs. They will think about the challenges faced by today’s leaders, and will examine case studies of contemporary world leaders. Students will be encouraged to consider their own responses to these challenges, and will be asked to apply these ideas in interactive workshops as well as seminar-style discussions. The programme is suitable both for those seeking general exposure to the subjects covered and for those who aim to pursue further education in the field of politics and related subjects.
This course has clear long-term career benefits to students with leadership ambitions, whether in the fields of business, politics, economics or science, but completing this summer programme will also be an advantage in the short-term. The knowledge and transferable skills acquired during students’ time with us will benefit their school studies, university applications and longer-term job prospects.
Attendance on the Global Leadership Programme will put students in an excellent position for university applications, developing the knowledge and skills that universities value. In addition, the confidence built through attending the Global Leadership Programme will help students feel more comfortable in an interview situation.
Oxford Royale Academy have carefully designed the Global Leadership Programme with the express intention of helping students take practical steps towards achieving their career ambitions. Attending this course puts the summer holiday to good use, both in growing knowledge of politics and international relations and in developing vital leadership skills.
Debating, analytical skills, intellectual awareness, independent working and teamwork are all important skills required of a modern-day global leader. The situations that global leaders must deal with are frequently complex and they require strong personal skills for understanding the multi-faceted issues affecting them. During their time at Oxford Royale Academy, students will be involved in discussions about a range of issues affecting global politics, and they will get plenty of practice at analysing these issues in order to achieve a deeper understanding of what’s driving them.
By the end of this course, students will have:
The course will broadly be taught in two ways:
1. Theoretical consideration and discussion of relevant contemporary political debates (teacher-led).
2. Interactive workshops (student-led).
The Global Leadership Programme will tackle a wide range of issues and questions, such as:
|Day||Week 1 (Scroll right for week 2)||Week 2|
|Monday||Lesson 1: Introduction to Essay Writing skills and selection of topics
Lesson 2: Key issues in Politics
Lesson 3: Introduction to debating and interactive workshops
|Field trip or guest speakers|
|Tuesday||Lesson 4: What is global politics?
Lesson 5: Theoretical Approaches in International Relations
|Lesson 14: Essay feedback session
Lesson 15: Globalisation
Lesson 16: Group Presentations
Lesson 17: Group Presentations
Lesson 18: The Art of Debating
|Wednesday||Lesson 6: Origins of the State System & Changes in World System
Lesson 7: Nation, nationalism and their internationalization
Lesson 8: The art of debating
|Lesson 19-20: The Global Economy|
|Thursday||Lesson 9: Inequality research & Equality and social justice
Lesson 10: Are equality and liberty incompatible?
|Lesson 21-22: Global Ideology Activity
Lesson 23: The Art of Debating
|Friday||Lesson 11: Political Ideologies
Lesson 12: Challenge to Western ideologies
|Lesson 24: Final Review|
Take this course if you consider yourself one of the leaders of the future, and would like to explore a career in politics, and what this really entails.
Situated in the picturesque small town of St Andrews on Scotland’s east coast, the University of St Andrews is a short coach ride from Edinburgh and all its historic attractions, dining experiences and diverse shopping.
Students are accommodated in superior ensuite bedrooms, which are used by undergraduates during the university term. Famous alumni of the University of St Andrews include William and Catherine - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Students on the St Andrews summer school will experience life in a top UK university town whilst fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our St Andrews Summer School has to offer.
Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college - please contact our admissions team if you would like more information. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though in some cases en-suite facilities are available.
The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.
Students on this course:
At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.
At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.
The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to places of historical and social significance in the UK.
At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.
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With an ORA summer course you also get:
(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our admissions team)
What our students have to say
Read how Sara has returned year on year, experiencing different summer courses in Oxford and Cambridge.Read Sara's story
Read how Mifta's experience with us introduced her to lifelong friends from across the world.Read Mifta's story
An aspiring cinematographer, Rebecca joined us at the ISC for our Future Filmmakers Gap Year Programme.Read Rebecca's story
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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.