Duke in Oxford

6-week summer program

Experience the University of Oxford Tutorial Method

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This distinguished academic program offers the opportunity to study modern British culture at England's oldest and one of its most venerable universities. The course of study, organized and taught by members of the Oxford faculty, uses the tutorial method, the unique style of instruction that is the central feature of an Oxford education. The program is organized by Oxford's Department of Continuing Education in conjunction with Trinity College of Arts and Sciences of Duke University. Dr. Michael Gillespie, Duke University, and Dr. David Grylls, University of Oxford, co-direct the program.

To introduce students to the unique tutorial approach to learning, the Duke in Oxford summer program utilizes experienced Oxford faculty as tutors. Students attend seminar meetings and engage each week in small intimate meetings with their tutor as an integral feature of this academic program. Students have access to the Bodleian Library, a most distinguished library in which to compose the one paper required per week. Five guest lectures will be given by academic staff of the University of Oxford and by experts from outside the University. Participants may meet the speaker at the reception before the Guest Night Dinner; students will be invited to join the school staff, the guest lecturer, and other guests at High Table.

PROGRAM FAST FACTS

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Term: Summer

Dates: June 30, 2018 - August 11, 2018

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

Academic Theme(s): Tutorial Method; English, Political Science, History, Philosophy, Public Policy, Religion

Credit Type: Duke Credit

Eligibility: Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Preference will be given to students who have taken at least one course in the area in which they intend to study at Oxford. There are no prerequisites. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.

Housing: Residence Hall (New College)

GEO Advisor: Carolyn Covalt

ACADEMICS

Students enroll in one double-credit course and work under the direction of a tutor who is normally a faculty member at Oxford University. Course participants receive Duke credit and letter grades for the double-credit upper level courses. Neither auditing, nor the pass/fail option is permitted. 

In addition to enrolling in one of the five courses, students are required to attend seven (7) lectures given by noted British scholars in the Exeter College summer lecture series on topics in the Humanities, Social Science, and History, and to contribute to discussion of these lectures on an online forum for the course.

  • TUTORS
  • COURSES
  • GUEST LECTURES

TUTORS

The challenging course of study introduces students first hand to the style of education that Oxford has made famous. The distinctiveness of the Oxford tutorial system lies in the small intimate meetings of students with their tutors and the opportunity to attend lectures by distinguished academics from other Oxford Colleges. While students attend seminar meetings, the central part of the student's work lies in meetings with the tutor. Each course requires one substantial paper per week. The tutors, all of them experienced Oxford faculty, understand how to introduce students to this unique approach to learning.

COURSES

Students may choose one of the following double-credit courses. Minimum enrollment in each course is six students. Courses with fewer than six will be cancelled and students will be placed into their next available course choice.

ENGLISH 290AS-2 
Topics in 19th Century British Victorian Literature 

(ALP) 2.0 credits

This course will identify some of the characteristic features of Victorian literature. Among the issues attended to will be the growing sense that conventional models of selfhood and gender were hostile to the demands of a satisfying and, indeed, moral life; the widespread sense of emotional, intellectual and spiritual homelessness; the felt pressure to recreate beliefs and values, and to keep up and renew aesthetic activity, in an increasingly post-Christian culture. The texts will be read in relation to both Victorian cultural conditions and contemporary literary theory. 

POLSCI 282A/HISTORY 399A 
Political System of Modern Britain
 

(CCI, SS) 2.0 credits

This course will give students an introduction to contemporary British history. It will examine the problems of post-war renewal, economic decline and revival, party political competition, and political economy. Britain's relationship with the world changed as its Empire declined in the context of the Cold War, and as the referendums on British membership of the EEC/EC/EU in 1975 and 2016 showed, Empire has not been replaced with a settled European identity. Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and others have sought to give direction to Britain as long-standing questions of national identity, class relationships and military and diplomatic power have remained problematic.

PHIL 384AS/POLSCI 377S 
Classical and Contemporary Political Philosophy
 

(SS, EI) 2.0 credits

A study of the moral basis of government authority from Hobbes and Locke through J.S. Mill, Rawls and Nozick, comparing alternative contractarian, natural law, utilitarian, Kantian and libertarian theories of the scope and limits of permissible government coercion. Two course credits

PHIL 385AS/RELIGION 282AS/PUBPOL 258S 
Science, Ethics, and Society 

(CZ, EI) 2.0 credits

Public debate about the intersection between science and ethics is controversial: citizens tend to disagree about questions such as the pursuit of stem cell research, the role of the state in encouraging citizens to make healthier choices or the moral significance (if any) of the difference between humans and animals. In this course, by looking at six cutting-edge policy examples from the US and the UK, we will explore two major reasons why disagreement about these issues is common: firstly, because people disagree about the nature and scope of the philosophical concepts that underpin these questions (e.g. “What is happiness? What is liberty?”); and secondly, because thinking about these issues requires weighing important moral values against each other (e.g., utility vs. fairness). The aim of this course is to equip students with the critical thinking skills necessary to develop and refine their own ethical arguments about contemporary political and social issues.

POLSCI 294A/ECON 434A/PUBPOL 355A/SOCIOL 294A 
Political Economy of Immigration 

(CCI, SS) 2.0 credits

Within the broader frame of migration and diaspora, refugees, exile and asylum are distinctive phenomena of worldwide concern and action embodied in international conventions and a complex humanitarian regime. Today over 65 million people are forcibly displaced – including both refugees and internally displaced people - and their existence poses a challenging academic and policy agenda. 

Students are introduced to key theories, empirical research and debates about the determinants, effects and international responses to forced displacement in both developing and high-income countries. It examines Refugees and other forcibly displaced populations both as a 'subject' and as an 'object' of governments, hosts, international actors and humanitarian agencies. Offering a multidisciplinary, social science perspective on forced displacement, the course is centred on political, economic and sociological disciplines, with a strong international comparative dimension.

GUEST LECTURES

Guest lectures will be given by academic staff of the University of Oxford and by experts from outside the University. There will be an opportunity for participants to meet the speaker at the reception before the Guest Night Dinner; students will also be invited in turn to join the staff of the school, the guest lecturer and other guests at High Table.

Program participants are required to attend seven (7) guest lectures.

EXCURSIONS

Examples of past program excursions include:

  • Tour of Stratford-upon-Avon and an evening production of the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Day trip to London with an evening at the National Theatre
  • Day trip to Bath

Excursions take place on weekdays. Because of the academic demands of the program, you should plan to spend most weekends in Oxford. Students who wish to travel should plan to do so either in June before the beginning of the program or following its completion in August.  

HOUSING & MEALS

  • Participants have private (single) bed/sitting rooms on the quadrangles across from the college chapel.
  • The program provides full board; all meals are taken in the Great Hall. 

Residential Life at Oxford

One of the hallmarks of Oxford is the way that academic pursuits become part of an active and intimate community life centered on the college. The spacious single rooms in New College afford privacy and quiet – and yet a close community life evolves as students get to know each other, take meals in the Great Hall, and discuss readings informally on the quadrangle, in the garden, or the Junior Common Room.

Once a week, the program joins in the tradition of hosting distinguished guests at High Table, a formal and festive dinner in the Great Hall. Receptions in the Founder's Library and the Cloisters also are regular features of the summer program. 

The University of Oxford appoints a dean of administration to live at the college, provide assistance and information, and handle daily affairs of the program. Tutors are accessible and may join students at meals or on excursions.

COSTS

Estimates are based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.

Summer 2018

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $6,780 $6,780
Program Fee $3,000 $3,000
Transcript Fee N/A $40
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated): $12,680 $12,720

Explanation of Costs

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving financial aid are eligible for aid for this program (work-study funds must be converted to loans). Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.

Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.

Scholarships

This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:

DATES

Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.

  • Arrival: June 30, 2018
  • Departure: August 11, 2018

Flights

You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyGlobalEd to update your travel registry.

Housing Before/After

Lodging is not available at New College before or after the program dates. Students who wish to spend more time in Oxford should book accommodations early, as hotels fill up quickly in the summer.

VISA & PASSPORT

VISA

No visa is required of U.S. citizens to participate in this program. Non-U.S. citizens should pay special attention to the visa requirements for their specific citizenship by contacting the country embassy to find out if any visa restrictions are in effect.

PASSPORT

All participants must have a valid passport. Make sure your passport has at least six months of validity beyond the program end date to avoid unintended disruptions. For instructions on obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit passports.state.gov.

International Student Identity Card

An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is optional. ISIC is the only internationally recognized form of student ID, endorsed by UNESCO. If purchased in the U.S., the card also carries with it a supplemental insurance policy, which can prove to be very helpful in the event of serious injury. You may purchase this card through www.myisic.com. Processing of the card takes between 4-15 days. 

Program Faculty & Staff

Program faculty director(s) can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the GEO representative listed.

Michael Gillespie

Professor of Political Science

Carolyn Covalt

GEO Program Coordinator / Advisor

ADMISSIONS

Deadline: February 1, 2018 

This program does not have rolling admission. Decisions will be released in three waves: December (once grades for fall semester are posted), Mid-January, Mid-to-late February. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. Application opens November 1.

PriorityPriority is given to applicants who submit all materials by the deadline and meet prerequisites. Preference will be given to students who have taken at least one course in the area in which they intend to study at Oxford. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as this is a very popular program.

Minimum GPA: Must have cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Non-Duke studentsNon-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.

APPLY

Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.

Submit the following items using MyGlobalEd

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First-year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted.
  3. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate
  4. Academic letter of recommendation (one)