Oxford Academia High School Seminars

Choose Your Seminar

Choose a major seminar and a minor seminar, and dive deep into your academic subjects. Major seminars meet six days a week for three hours; minor seminars meet three days a week for two hours. Begin with classroom discussions that frame your seminar concepts and identify key issues. Then take the learning beyond the classroom with site visits, meetings with experts, and guest lectures from distinguished academics and renowned scholars.

Archaeology & Anthropology

In this discussion-based workshop, use firsthand experience, interviews, and case studies to gain an understanding of what defines human culture based on physical remains from the distant past. Dive into the timeline of human history and use it to further understand the development and diversity of human societies to the present day. Discover relics and remains on field visits, meet with experts conducting research in the field, and investigate world-spanning archaeological and anthropological histories using Oxford’s four university museums and world-class libraries as your classroom.

Architecture, Design, & Sustainability

In this seminar, explore how we interact with space through hands-on exercises paired with critique sessions, small-scale construction projects, and guest designers. Dive deep into topics centered on utility and aesthetics with digital drafting and historic styles. Throughout the session, explore how the concepts of design and sustainability are inextricably linked, and increasingly so. Learn how the concepts of use cases, impact studies, material life cycles, and functional aesthetics overlap and inform both products and policies focused on design.

Business, Banking & Markets

This hands-on seminar begins by examining the economic players and the playing field where firms operate, with discussions of supply and demand, regulations and free trade, international trade, and currency flows. With role-playing, guest speakers, and lectures, consider the practical aspects of business, including management, finance, marketing, advertising, and public relations. Then expand to a macro-level, and explore the topics of finance, investment, trade, and banking and how they interact in a global market.

Creative Writing

Whether you want to write your first novel or create a poem that captures a specific emotion or experience, this dynamic workshop-style seminar is a step toward finding your voice and pushing your boundaries as a creative writer. Through personalized exercises led by published authors, develop skills in the genre of your choosing while exploring important craft challenges such as dialogue, imagery, narrative structure, word choice, theme, and storytelling technique. Share your work and receive valuable feedback from your peers and instructor as you push yourself to think creatively and try new techniques.

Criminology & Justice

In this seminar, look critically at case studies from around the world and learn how forensic evidence can be used in securing criminal convictions. Learn how evidence is collected—how to approach a crime scene, from preserving evidence to documenting through sketch and photograph—and how it can be used both by prosecutors and defense attorneys in court. Discuss the CSI-effect and its impact on the courtroom, then work in teams to solve crimes using scientific knowledge and reasoning. Examine how the enforcement or non-enforcement of laws and the prosecution of crimes can influence and shape a society’s conception of justice.

Engineering

Discover various disciplines in the field of engineering; electrical, industrial, mechanical, and aerospace through daily hands-on seminars, workshops, and field visits. Develop skills in critical thinking, communication, and experimentation as you work in teams to tackle engineering design challenges, producing a model or concept that addresses a problem. Meet with working engineers and learn about their expertise and experience working in the field. Explore how engineering creates solutions to critical issues in the world today, and its critical importance in a future shaped by science and technology.

Evolutionary Biology & the World Today

Drawing from our evolutionary past, explore solutions for many of the world’s more pressing issues, like climate change, preserving species and biodiversity, feeding a global population, and understanding genetically based diseases. Through hands-on activities, guest speakers, and field visits, this seminar covers the earth’s most distant past to explain the living world and our place in it. Learn about and participate in citizen scientist initiatives, meet with experts doing research in the field, and understand the role of technology in the collection and analyzing of critical data.

International Relations

In this seminar, lay the groundwork for a better understanding of the state of global diplomacy through lectures, thought-provoking discussions, and interactive exercises. Whether it’s human rights, commerce and trade, human migration, climate change, or cybersecurity, world leaders are constantly walking the diplomatic tightrope and weighing the resulting costs and benefits. Investigate the relationship between governments, state and non-state actors, and the role of international media. Identify the tools essential to policy makers and ambassadors alike and put them to the test through mock debates on various issues facing our world today.

Journalism

In this skills-based seminar, begin with an introduction to the principles and practices of journalism and digital media through a simulated daily “newsroom.” Engage in dynamic assignments that cover topics such as how to find story ideas, how to effectively pitch those ideas, and how to conduct interviews. Develop techniques for writing fair, accurate, and engaging hard news, profiles, and feature articles. As you learn to be your own best editor, expressing yourself with clarity and concision, practice working with the constraints and possibilities of social media and video platforms, where many people now source their news. Confront ethical questions around objectivity, explore new skills in visual journalism, and utilize digital research methodologies.

Law & Society

In this seminar, explore legal principles to better understand why laws exist, their place in our social world, and the state’s role in defining what may be ambiguous or evolving doctrine. Examine the different forms of constitutional governments, and apply a critical lens to the relatively modern concept of constitutions as governing documents. Learn about the various multinational institutions—including the UN, the WTO, and the International Court of Justice—that work independently and together to establish order throughout Europe and beyond. Examine the scope of their regulatory and enforcement power and discuss controversial cases and legal doctrine. Compare and contrast the British and American legal systems, and meet with international law professionals.

Medicine

Led by a senior professor of medicine, this seminar introduces students to every aspect of medicine, from the science prerequisites in the pre-med major, to the systems of the body and how they correlate with the various specializations in medicine, to career paths in clinical practice and research, to the latest developments in medical research today. Meet with researchers and medical practitioners to gain a better sense of the challenges doctors face today and how the practice of medicine continues to evolve.

Molecular Medicine

Drawing on the science of genetics, this seminar explores the latest diagnostic and therapeutic developments in molecular medicine. Learn how genes and proteins function in cells, and participate in discussions about mutations, diseases, and evolution. Topics covered in this seminar include genomics, CRISPR gene editing, and bioinformatics, with attention to such diseases as cancer, diabetes, obesity, HIV, and COVID-19, among others.

Psychology & AI

Begin this seminar by learning the basic goals of psychology, then examine theories that attempt to explain the many aspects of personality and behavior. Build upon these key concepts to start to understand the challenges and opportunities that come with a future where artificial intelligence will be universal. Gain an understanding of the different types of AI, how algorithms are shaped by human behavior, and how AI is already influencing our daily lives. Then dive into advancements in AI technology systems for the future and beyond.

Shakespeare & the Creative Imagination

In this seminar, explore the work of Shakespeare and why it continues to fascinate us and stay relevant over 400 years later. Deconstruct his prose and poetry as you delve into his famous works, using the idyllic town of Oxford and the surrounding countryside as inspiration. Explore Shakespeare’s haunts, from the tavern at the Oxford Inn to St. John’s College, where he performed frequently. This is also a theatre seminar, with a wide variety of short workshops in skills such as gesture and voice, improv, timing, and stage combat. Act in and produce a series of Shakespearean scenes fitted to contemporary tastes.

War & World History

In this discussion-based seminar, dive into a timeline of major world events and wars through guided readings, engaging discussions, field visits, and guest speakers. Examine historical and political conditions that led to many world wars, and how the outcome of those wars shaped history and human culture. Leading all the way up to WWII, the most recent war that shook Europe to its foundations, learn how England was a major battleground and understand how the memory of the war lives on in England today.

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