The range of lectures and seminars offered in the arts and humanities, social science, maths, science, and engineering reflects the array of academic expertise in Oxford and has been designed to allow you to work both towards your home University degree requirements and to try something new.
Lecturers will be drawn from Exeter College, Oxford University Faculty and from other distinguished Universities. Lecture courses will be academically rigorous and challenging but accessible. Small classes, discussion-based learning and opportunities to work closely with teaching Faculty are defining features of an Oxford undergraduate education. To replicate this model lectures have been capped at 24, seminars at 8 and tutorials at 2.
Course: Histories of Migration Lecturer Dr Jamie Perry: Dr Jamie Perry is a research associate at the School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham where he received his PhD in Modern History. His research interests lie in internationalist thought and activism, globalisation, the transnational activities of non-governmental organisations, intergovernmental organisations, and the formal and informal political structures that shape elite and public understanding of and attitudes towards international affairs and migration. He has taught on migration, social activism, imperial culture, global politics and modern world history, and worked on a number of research projects on the history of British NGOs, humanitarianism, homelessness and British diplomatic relations. He also conducts research for the international NGO Save the Children in preparation for their centenary celebrations in 2019. He is currently adapting his thesis on liberal internationalism in postwar Britain into a monograph. He wrote a journal article on British attitudes towards China during the Second-Sino Japanese War, published in Diplomacy and Statecraft in 2011.
Course: Introduction to International Relations Lecturer: Dr Elisabetta Brighi Dr Elisabetta Brighi was the first Bennet Boskey Fellow in International Relations at Exeter College University of Oxford and is now a Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and IR, University of Westminster. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of International Security and International Political Theory. They include terrorism, urban security, affect and mimesis. She has published, most recently, the co-edited volume The Sacred and the Political (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) and the journal article ‘The Globalisation of Resentment’, in Millennium: Journal of International Studies (2016).
Course: Development Economics Lecturer: Dr Donna Harris Dr Donna Harris is a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), Department of Economics at Oxford Univerisity. Prior to this post, she was a Departmental Lecturer in Development Economics at the Department of International Development, University of Oxford and a Career Development Fellow (CDF) in Economics at Somerville College, University of Oxford. Prior to Oxford, she was an ESRC-MRC Interdisciplinary Post-Doctoral Fellow at Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge. She holds a PhD and MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge, MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Economics from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. She has been awarded research grants from the British Academy and a joint Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC), UK. Her research areas are in Behavioural and Experimental Economics with applications to developing countries. Her research also uses methods in Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience using fMRI in order to understand individual and group decisions. Her current research project examines the roles of social identity, norms and narratives within social networks in the functioning of public organisations in developing countries (joint work with Prof. Paul Collier and Prof. Stefan Dercon, University of Oxford). Her other research explores the impacts of social interactions and communication on economic decisions including social preferences, financial decision-makings, and cooperation. Donna has taught Behavioural Development Economics course for the MSc in Economics for Development as well as undergraduate courses in Microeconomics, Game Theory and Development Economics.
While lecture courses have been designed to be credit-bearing and we will assist you to transfer credit home, Exeter College does not operate a credit system and ultimately the calculation of credit will be decided by your home University. As a guide, courses usually receive 6 University of California quarter credits, 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS credits.
Students who successfully complete the Programme will receive a transcript showing two grades, one for each lecture course, expressed as a grade-% and a letter equivalent, together with grading guidance notes.
The tutorial system will be academically challenging but rewarding. You will be expected to undertake self-directed preparatory work before each session (e.g. reading, writing short essays, or working through a set of problems) and then to take an active part in the seminars and tutorials by presenting and defending your ideas and analysing and critiquing the ideas of your instructor and classmates.
(1) Written exams; One 3hr exam per lecture course in which you will be asked to write 3 x essays.
(2) Research essay; One 3,000-word essay per major.
Seminars and tutorials will build on themes introduced in your lectures. You will be given a list of essay titles to choose from in your first seminar and in the weeks that follow under the direction of your seminar leader and tutor you will spend time reading independently and preparing written work, leading to the production of a final 3,000-word essay.
Tutors are experts in their field, and tutorials are your opportunity to get individual teaching from them. In a ratio of 2 students to 1 tutor, you will discuss topics in depth with your tutor in a series of 8 x 1.25hr tutorials during the Programme. This personalised attention is at the heart of an Oxford undergraduate education and provides opportunities to test the soundness of your ideas, think critically and develop your academic skills in ways that are not possible in lectures.
You will meet your seminar leader once or twice a week in small groups of no more than 8 to discuss your work with your peers and to report on progress and receive feedback, constructive criticism and guidance from your seminar leader.
By participating in seminars and tutorials you will experience the small discussion-group learning that is central to undergraduate student life in Oxford. The tutorial system will ensure you receive direct, expert guidance as you undertake study in a chosen area of research.
In addition to your academic lectures, seminars and tutorials, we will arrange a series of 6 evening lectures delivered by luminaries from the University of Oxford and other leading universities, as well as from public and professional life. The format of these lectures will provide time for you to question the speaker and to continue discussions over drinks immediately afterwards. In previous years, speakers have included General Sir Richard Shirreff, Baroness Helena Kennedy and Professor Frank Close CBE.