SCIO online seminars (offering 3 credits each) are based around Oxford’s tutorial method. Each student takes one or two seminars, and each seminar consists of three discussion classes, four gobbets classes, and two tutorials (gobbet is Oxford’s word for a small mouthful of text for close reading or translation and then discussion). Students will also have the opportunity to present their research to the group.
Unlike many online courses we will not simply give you access to pre recorded lectures and online quizzes; rather you will first meet your tutor and peers online for live seminar meetings with fewer than 12 students, and then work with your tutor in small groups of up to 4 students, all of whom have prepared with focused reading, to examine texts (gobbets) in detail. Finally, you will have your tutorials where you will discuss your ideas and your writing, one-on-one with your tutor. In short, our online seminars offer you the same personalised form of study as our onsite programme.
Below you will find detailed syllabuses and reading lists so that, once your seminar allocation has been confirmed, you will be able to start some preparatory reading.
Seminar discussion classes are meetings of 1 to 2 hours with the seminar leader and fewer than 12 students. For each discussion class students read all or parts of assigned texts and then discuss them.
Gobbets classes are one hour meetings with your tutor and a small group of up to 4 students where you discuss texts in more detail. No written work is required for either the discussion or the gobbets classes.