Has ideology given way to a clash of civilisations? How do we allocate power and governance? Is democracy necessarily the best form of government? These are just some of the questions you’ll tackle during this course. As well as the big theoretical issues, you will also look at specific political phenomena, such as voting behaviour, in a stimulating two-week course.
This year’s course will cover a wide range of topics, such as conflict research and its application in modern politics. Last year, students had the opportunity to explore a number of concepts from political theory in the context of current political developments, including Brexit and the rise of the far right in the US and further afield.
All our tutors are current Oxford and/or Cambridge PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. You will have the opportunity to learn about their look at original research and our tutors will take you beyond your school curriculum to investigate your the area of their subject at a higher level - this is great preparation for university/college study! You may even have the opportunity to learn about your tutor’s original, unpublished research.
Christoph, one of our tutors for 2017, is currently doing his postgraduate degree in International Relations at the University of Oxford. He is also involved in a research project at the Oxford Institute of Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. Before coming to Oxford, he studied Political Science and Public Law at the University of Mannheim, Germany.
Arthur, one of our 2016 tutors, is a PhD student in Politics at the University of Cambridge, specialising in political philosophy. Arthur’s academic background includes Master’s degrees in Philosophy, Law, and Political Theory and he studied in Belgium and London before coming to Cambridge.
This course is ideal for students 15-18 considering studying Politics or any humanities or social-science related subjects at university, and teaches a method of thought and research that is beneficial to all disciplines.
You might also be interested in our Philosophy, International Development or Economics courses.
Our students go on to studying Politics and other related subjects, including PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) either at universities across the UK, or abroad, including in the US.