Selected topics in British culture

On this course you will examine aspects of past and present day Britain, either with direct studies of its society and culture or through its novelists and philosophers, artists, and poets, mystics, and myth makers.

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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

 

This course is offered as tutorial seminars. You will attend discussion classes in the topic of your choice and have two tutorials.  You will develop your close reading skills with study of gobbets (short pieces of text which epitomise an argument or illustrate a technique), hone your writing skills by producing two tutorial essays, after extensive reading, and polish your presentation skills with an oral presentation to the group.  Assessment is by the submission of one short answer, two essays, and a presentation.

 

In addition you will join the whole student group on field trips to memorable sites in Oxford and the south of England.  The field trips change from year to year, and in the past have included trips to Stonehenge and Salisbury cathedral, Winchester cathedral, Bath, and HMS Victory moored in Portsmouth.

 

The course is taught by specialists in each of SCIO’s major academic concentrations. Credit is offered in 11 disciplines of which you’ll choose one.  Each course will help you understand Britain and appreciate the rich past and present of the country where you live while on the programme.

Allocating credit

Selected topics in British cultureDiscipline(s) in which you can earn credit

Contemporary British culture: history, politics, and society

History
Political science
Sociology

Creative writing

English

C.S. Lewis and the classics

Classics

Faith and reason in the British enlightenment

Philosophy
Theology

Intellect and imagination: the rational religion and theological stories of C.S. Lewis

Philosophy
Theology

J.R.R. Tolkien: Oxford's creator of other worlds

English

Jane Austen in context

English
Gender studies

Oxford and the pursuit of beauty: art and criticism in the 19th century

English
Gender studies
History
History of art
Philosophy

Prohibition and transgression: the 18th and 19th century novel

English

Psychology and literature: from Margery Kempe to Sylvia Plath

English
Psychology

Science and the Christian tradition

History of science
Philosophy
Theology

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