This programme is organised by two of Oxford University’s leading institutions, St Antony’s College and the Department for Continuing Education. It will examine issues that shape politics in the modern world. Participants will have the opportunity to study in depth the politics of key countries and regions outside Western Europe and North America, and they will be encouraged to relate their knowledge of these regions to the discussion of broader questions affecting all parts of the globe.
St Antony’s College
St Antony's College is the most international of Oxford’s graduate colleges. It specialises in international relations, economics, politics, history and anthropology.
The academic programme consists of
• Study in small seminars with a specialist tutor, as well as general discussion groups.
• Daily lectures given by leading scholars and speakers, including distinguished members of St. Antony’s College such as Professor Margaret MacMillan and Professor Archie Brown.
Participants take one course. Each course comprises seminars which meet five times a week for two hours. Classes will be small, usually containing no more than 12 participants. This small-group teaching is a special feature of Oxford University programmes. In addition to taking part in the seminars, participants will join general discussion groups which will meet each day for one hour. They will also attend the daily plenary lectures.
Who is it for?
• Graduate and senior undergraduate students
• Teachers in high schools and colleges
• Professionals with an interest in study at university level
• Those with a serious interest in the subject
Level and Demands of the Programme
This is an intensive programme of study aimed at an informed international audience. Participants should be confident that they are academically and linguistically prepared for such a programme.
Non-native speakers of English are required to submit evidence of their English language competency with their application (IELTS 6.5 or proof of an equivalent level of competence).
Participants are expected to
• undertake preparatory reading in advance of the programme
• attend all lectures and relevant seminar sessions
• be actively engaged with their seminar topics
• undertake private study during the programme (elements of private study will include: reading and other preparation between seminar meetings, work in libraries, writing one paper of 2,000 words etc)
Participants chose one of the following four seminar courses:
• Political Transformation in the Contemporary Middle East (Tutor: Professor Fred Lawson)
• Democratisation and Multi-Party Politics in Africa (Tutor: Dr Nic Cheeseman)
• Power, Politics and Policy in China (Tutor: Dr Suzanne Xiao Yang)
• Democracy and Authoritarianism in Russia (Tutor: Dr Paul Chaisty)
The programme provides a minimum of 45 contact hours, comprising
• 15 hours of lectures (10 lectures lasting c1.5 hours each)
• 20 hours of seminar meetings (10 per week)
• 10 hours of discussion group sessions (5 discussions per week, each lasting 1 hour)
• All students who complete the programme will receive a ‘Certificate of Attendance’
• Those seeking credit at their home institution will receive a ‘Detailed Certificate’ which details contact hours (for lectures and seminars), grades achieved, and private study hours
(Please note that as Oxford University does not offer credit, those wishing to obtain credit from their home institution for attending the programme must make appropriate arrangement with that institution in advance)
• Participants will be enrolled as readers at the University’s main reference library, the Bodleian
• They will also have access to the University’s faculty libraries, and the library of the Department for Continuing Education.
• Participants will be eligible to use the IT facilities at St Antony’s College [Paul, is this correct?]
Programme fee £2,125
The fee includes: tuition; access to IT facilities and libraries; accommodation and meals at St Antony’s College (except lunch on Saturday and Sunday)
• You can download an application form from our website or ask us to send you a copy
• Information regarding documents required to support your application are available on our website
• Oxford University operates a ‘gathered field’ closing date system by which applications are considered on a fair and equal basis at specific dates throughout the admissions period
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