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Wadham College - Yr 12 Politics Summer School

Wadham College - Politics Summer School

The summer school is for enthusiastic, committed students who are either considering applying to study Politics at university, or who would like to know more about the subject and its associated subjects (Philosophy, Economics, History), and are interested in studying these subjects intensively over the course of a week. The summer school provides a stimulating and challenging academic programme that will develop your knowledge in the study of Politics and other related disciplines. The academic programme has been designed to give you a taster of what it’s like to be an undergraduate studying Politics at Oxford.

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • take part in a seminar series focusing on ‘The Politics of Immigration’ delivered by tutors from the Department of Politics and International Relations,
  • attend daily theory and methodology classes,
  • visit relevant museum collections in Oxford,
  • receive guidance and advice from academic mentors to help you write a short essay in response to a Politics-based question, and
  • take part in a 20-30 minute Oxford-style tutorial, during which you will receive feedback on your work.

The summer school does not require any prior knowledge but you will be asked to complete some reading before the summer school. In addition to the academic work, you’ll be living, eating, and working in Wadham College alongside current students and will have the opportunity to explore this historic city.

WHERE: Wadham College, University of Oxford

WHEN: Monday 21st August – Friday 25th August (dates inclusive)

SUBJECTS: Politics, Philosophy, Economics, History

STRUCTURE: 5 days of study, comprising group lectures, methodology seminars, and tutorials in small groups. Students will also complete an essay of 1,500 words.

ELIGIBILITY: This summer school is primarily intended for students currently in Year 12. If you are not in Year 12 (but are over 16) and have a strong reason to think that you will benefit from attending the summer school please contact us ( prior to submitting an application to discuss your situation. You must be a student at a state school or sixth-form college. Previous experience of studying Politics is NOT required.

ACCOMMODATION: provided by Wadham College

COSTS: None. Meals and accommodation are both provided free of charge. Wadham College will also contribute up to £50 for travel costs to attend the summer school. If your travel costs are likely to be significantly more than £50 and it would be difficult to cover the remaining cost please get in touch (

Application deadline: 5pm, Friday 19 May, 2017

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