The History, Politics & Society Summer School provides insights into issues and events that have influenced the contemporary world.
Founded in 1314, Exeter is one of the University’s oldest colleges and is situated in the heart of Oxford.
The academic programme consists of
• a daily lecture programme given by leading scholars and distinguished speakers.
• study in small seminar groups with specialist tutors.
• applicants choose two courses from: The Changing Face of Britain; The Contemporary Middle East; Empire and Decolonisation; Europe since the Cold War; The European Union in Perspective; Globalisation –Evolution or Revolution?; Human Rights in Perspective; Warfare in the Modern World.
• each course has two two-hour meetings per week, and classes will usually contain no more than twelve participants.
Who is it for?
• Graduate students.
• Teachers in high schools and colleges.
• Professionals with an interest in study at university level.
• Senior undergraduates with at least two years’ study at
university level in a related academic discipline may also apply.
Level and Demands of the Programme
This is an intensive programme of study taught at Master’s level to an informed international audience.
Applicants 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.
• submit an assignment and/or present a paper for class
discussion for each course taken.
• undertake approximately 96 hours of private study during the programme (elements of private study will include: reading and other preparation between seminar meetings, work in libraries, writing papers, etc).
The programme provides a minimum of 46.5 contact hours, comprising
• 22.5 hours of lectures (15 lectures lasting c1.5 hours each).
• 24 hours of seminar meetings (12 per course).
• All students who satisfactorily complete the programme will receive an ‘Attendance Certificate’.
• 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 History and Social
Science Faculty Libraries and the Continuing Education Library.
• Participants will be eligible to use the IT facilities at
A range of optional excursions and events will be offered throughout the programme. These are likely to include: a walking tour of Oxford, after-dinner talks, a political philosophy reading group, a series of political debates, and weekend excursions to sites of historical interest. (Please note that where these activities have a cost, that is not included in the programme fee)
Resident in Exeter College £2275
Fees include tuition; access to IT facilities and libraries; accommodation and meals (except lunch on Saturday and Sunday and meals during optional weekend excursions).
Fees include tuition; access to IT facilities and libraries; the programme’s formal opening and closing dinners.
• 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.
• There are three deadlines for applications – 1 February 2009, 1 March 2009, 1 April 2009
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