Philosophy, Politics & Economics Programme

During this programme, delegates will appreciate our strong focus on philosophy, politics and international economical related topics. They are free to explore on many research areas and may examine the implications of human decision-making, the consequences of the competitive market economy, but also the relationships between the economic, political and legal orders.

About This Programme

Length You can attend for 2, 4, 6, or even 8 weeks. Each week, you can select a different course (see below).
Available Dates Summer Session 1: 07 July – 20 July 2019
Summer Session 2: 21 July – 03 August 2019
Summer Session 3: 04 August – 17 August 2019
Summer Session 4: 18 August – 31 August 2019
Lectures, Exams & Credits Delegates will participate in one course per week.

An assignment will be given during each course (one examination per week). Course examination results will be listed in your official academic transcript. Workload of Summer Institute at Oriel College Oxford is designed to be equivalent to:

– 6 ECTS (3 US credits) per two-week session
– 12 ECTS (6 US credits) per four-week session

Oriel College (University of Oxford, UK) will award for each delegate who successfully graduates from the programme with a Certificate of Attendance and Achievement and an Academic Transcript.

The Academic Transcript will also be presented and will contain the following information:

– Courses attended and chosen lecture track
– Results of the weekly examinations
– Workload of each course

Full Board Accommodation Single dormitory room with shared bathroom. Single ensuite room is available for additional 250 GBP each session.

The accommodation fee includes breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Friday. On weekends only breakfast will be served.

Fees Please see our fees & tuition.
Prerequisites This is an open enrolment course, there are no prerequisites.
In addition to lectures given, this course also includes various extra-curricular activities such as social events & spare-time activities, and excursions to famous places and historical landmarks.

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Course Details

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* Academic Programme Particulars: Each session is comprised of two weeks of tuition.
* Delegates are welcome to participate in multiple sessions. Each week, students will participate in a course of their choice in their preferred track.
* Each track offers courses in one academic discipline.
* It is possible for delegates to choose a course that is not in their track.
* As the beginning of the programme nears, enrolled delegates will be asked to select their courses.
* Delegates will be assigned to courses, subject to availability. While we are able to allocate most students to their preferred courses, on some occasions students will be allocated their second choice.
* Delegates are welcome to extend their stay by participanting in multiple sessions either in Oxford or our sister-programme Cambridge Summer Institute at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

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Below is a draft schedule for Summer Institute at Oriel College (click to enlarge)

*Disclaimer* Changes to the course description, topics, programme structure, and schedules may occur due to the availability of faculty members at the actual time of the programme.

This course serves as an introduction to the theoretical background of international relations and politics. Delegates will examine a range of historical topics about international relations in trade, finance, and political institutions which it is possible to explore the behaviour of states of international organisations.

Through this, we can provide our delegates an in-dept understanding of international relation and politics related disciplines in the complex field between nations.

1. Historic Political and Economic Philosophy

This course explores the historical roots of a range of on-going debates to the life of individuals and the political communities they inhabit. The course will consider the works of a number of influential figures dating from the time of Ancient Greece to the Nineteenth Century, and will demonstrate how the foundational ideas of these philosophers have informed modern discussions about political organisation and interaction. The course begins with a consideration of Plato and Aristotle’s notion of justice and human motivation. Next, the course will consider law from the contrasting perspectives of Bentham and Kant. Finally, the course will explore politics between states, drawing on the theories of Thucydides, Augustine and Aquinas. Throughout the course, the focus is not merely on historical commentary but on drawing links between historical ideas and the political and philosophical arguments of today, evaluating how well they have withstood the test of time.

2. Contemporary PPE

Ethics and Logic: Since its beginnings in ancient Greece, the Western philosophical reflection on how we should conduct our lives has been closely intertwined with the inquiry into logos, ‘reason’ or ‘reason-ing’, practical and theoretical, human or divine. While ethics and logic have developed into two distinct disciplines, different philosophical approaches to normative ethics and meta-ethics are often best understood as springing forth from different conceptions of the role that reason and argument (ought to) play in human morality, and from different assessments of the validity of certain key arguments (or alleged ‘fallacies’) in ethics, and of the force and implications of certain ‘dilemmas’ or ‘paradoxes’. Competing ethical theories are typically construed dialectically: they argue for the deficiency of the rival theories, and defend themselves by denouncing the shortcomings in the logic of their attackers.

3. Contemporary Ethics and Political Ideologies

This course aims to give a broad overview of some of the major topics and debates within contemporary ethics, introducing students to the nature and motivation of normative inquiry, the leading theories of moral conduct, as well as considering a number of prominent ethical issues relevant to current affairs.

4. Critical Thinking

Students will learn how to identify and critique implicit claims in academic and journalistic writing, what characterises weak arguments and how to formulate strong ones, as well as how to interrogate visual arguments in video or photographic media. Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe. Common topics include: understanding the logical connections between ideas, solving problems systematically, evaluating arguments, identifying mistakes in and the relevance of reasoning. Critical thinking should not be confused with being argumentative or critical of other people. Critical thinking allows us to acquire knowledge, improve our theories, and strengthen arguments. This has great importance in the context of enhancing work processes and improving social institutions.

5. Intercultural Communication

This course will look at key academic and practical topics involved in intercultural communication. Drawing on the fields of literary studies, linguistics, anthropology, ethnography, and cultural studies, delegates will analyse topics including, ‘Communicating between cultures’, ‘Translation’, ‘Verbal and Non-verbal Communication’, and ‘Cultures and Concepts’.

6. Research Methodology and Academic Writing

Students will acquire practical skills, including how to interpret essay questions, how to structure and reference an academic essay, as well as how to write with clarity, brevity and maximum impact. Significantly, delegates will acquire academic guidance on how to productively conduct research for an academic or professional essay/thesis/dissertation/report.

7. Business and Legal Communication

This course is designed to develop an individual’s confidence and ability to use English within a professional environment. Covering topics such as negotiation, business presentations, client communication, and self-communication, this course is an excellent preparation for future experience in the business or legal sectors of an English-speaking environment both with clients and about focus on the reading, writing, and listening skills of the English language in a business context. By being able to understand and use the business language, participants will be able to further their career in both their work quality and building relationships among colleagues and clients. This course will provide delegates the ability to communicate on an international level using precise and correct legal language. Upon completion of the course, participants will improve their confidence in explaining points of law, enhance their drafting and editing skills, and ultimately represent their organisation in a more effective manner.


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