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At A Glance

  • Length of Course: 2 Weeks
  • Tuition: 15 Hours Per Week
  • Campus: St Hugh’s College
  • Age Range: 15 to 17 Years
  • Class Size: Maximum 15 Students
  • Key Skills Developed: Public Speaking, Critical Thinking, Debating, Collaboration, Leadership
  • Language Level Required: Intermediate and Above
  • Suitable for Further Study or Career: Politics, International Relations, Finance, Economics

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Why Choose Politics & Economics?

Our Politics & Economics course introduces students to economic systems and political ideologies. Students in this course examine the history of modern political institutions, and discover how economics forms political thinking. The course also develops the research, presentation and English language skills needed for successful academic study, and later political career.

Course Objectives

  • To develop an understanding of key concepts in the process of governance and how they impact on society, as well as how governments are maintained or changed
  • To evaluate the ideologies and values at the heart of different political systems
  • To analyse how economics shapes political thinking and ideologies
  • To develop an understanding of economic growth and systems
  • To discover how resources and consumers shape domestic and foreign policy
  • To gain an enhanced set of leadership and presentation skills
  • To improve all-round confidence in using English communicatively

Time to Shine

Success in politics requires effective research and writing skills, public speaking and presentation skills, and the ability to understand your audience. Because of this, our Politics & Economics students are encouraged to utilise the political knowledge and insight they have developed on the course, in an engaging and collaborative Time to Shine project. During the course students will have the chance to run an exciting political campaign at the college, complete with speeches, rallies and an election.

What You’ll Take Away

Politics & Economics at Oxford College is the first step towards future studies in political science, economics, or law. Such a degree can open the door to a variety of professions, including politics, diplomacy, law, journalism, management and marketing. Not only will our Politics & Economics students develop specific subject knowledge, but they will also leave the course with transferable skills that are useful for a wide range of academic disciplines, including critical thinking, argumentation, presentation, research and teamwork skills.

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