British Culture Studies

Fall semester 2020: for Covid related reasons, the British Culture course will be offered as tutorial based seminars.

Spring semester 2021 onwards: this course examines themes from the British past and their traces in present day Britain. Students attend lectures, field trips, and a tutorial, but spend most of their time doing independent study to produce detailed, scholarly essays.

Study Abroad Oxford Christian Student Reflecting
I loved the amount of ways we were able to look at British culture through the course: through examining ideas and preoccupations, through doing individual research and writing essays, and through visiting the places where history actually occurred.
Michaelmas term (spring semester) 2019

The course

The teaching for the course is given through lectures, a tutorial, and field trips. Assessment is by the submission of essays examining in detail particular aspects of British life. The field trips change from year to year, and in past have included Stonehenge and Salisbury cathedral, Winchester cathedral, Bath, and the HMS Victory moored in Portsmouth.

The course is taught by specialists in each of SCIO’s major academic concentrations. Students may receive credit in one of 11 disciplines by submitting work in that discipline.  Part of the objective of the course is to help you understand British people (dead and alive) through an appreciation of their past and present, and so better understand this country that you are living in while on the programme.

Allocating credit

The course is structured to be highly flexible, and while everyone does the course together, you can earn credit in different disciplines by choosing different tracks.

Apart from earning credit in history, through this course you can instead earn credit in:

  • History of art
  • Classics
  • English language and literature
  • Gender studies
  • History of science
  • Musicology
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Political science
  • Theology


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