Our Philosophy elective introduces students to a range of both classical and contemporary philosophical themes and concepts. Topics include the essence of knowledge and reality, ethics, the nature of the mind, the philosophy of logic and language and the study of key philosophers, such as Kant and Hegel. Transferable study skills are an integral part of the programme and thought-provoking class discussions will enable students to develop their ability to analyse, reason and form their own judgements. As part of the course students will participate in an assignment in which they research, evaluate and present a philosophical subject they are interested in.
Oxford College Summer School’s Philosophy programme is a unique two week residential programme situated in the heart of historic Oxford.
We have created our Philosophy programme at Oxford College Summer School to enable our students to develop their knowledge and understanding of key philosophical concepts, as well as their analytical skills and the ability to criticise and reason logically. Our Philosophy curriculum includes the study of current and historical schools of thought, important thinkers in the history of philosophy, and examines questions on philosophical dilemmas such as the fundamental nature of reality, the limits of our knowledge, and how we make moral judgements.
At Oxford College Summer School, our dynamic tutors ensure that the Philosophy programme focuses on learning through communicating, meaning that all students participate actively in spoken English at all times.
A vital skill required for the study of philosophy is the ability to present concise and cogent arguments. The art of presenting is a central focus in our Philosophy course and throughout, students will participate in an assignment in which they research and evaluate a philosophical and/or ethical subject, culminating in a philosophical colloquium at the end of the course.
This study of philosophy can give you tools that are relevant to all sorts of future careers. Being able to reason logically, present complex ideas simply, identify weaknesses in arguments, write clearly, read closely and analyse critically is a highly sought-after set of skills that benefits any student. The study of Philosophy has been the starting point for world-renowned actors, business moguls, politicians, authors, producers, directors and religious leaders.
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