History Courses 2010
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The Victorian Age Victorian history is an exceptionally rich, stimulating and challenging study, that is central to an understanding of modern Britain. This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the study and nature of history. Emphasis is placed on the ability to critically analyse primary and secondary source material. It also gives the student an opportunity to engage in lively debate with group members and the intellectual rigour of independent study.
Options The Oxford Summer Academy offers two modern history courses. The Victorian Age is a major option; 20th Century Military History ‐ World Wars I and II is a minor option. The courses are taught in small‐group tutorials each morning with a maximum class size of 6. Students have a choice of electives for afternoon sessions, including debate and public speaking, creative writing, drama, photography, tennis, rowing and orienteering. Students may either enrol for a 2‐week course, or a 4‐week course.
This course offers an overview of the Victorian age. Topics will include examination of the political, social and imperialist aspects of Victorian life. The course includes an opportunity to conduct an independent investigation into a specific area of interest, for example, imperialism, the life of Queen Victoria, or social evils such as poverty and prostitution.
20th Century Military History: World Wars I and II
The course will be divided into two separate areas of study. The World War I course will explore High Command and leadership within the British Army, the tactics and terminology employed in Battles such as Verdun and the Somme. The psychology of war will also be examined ‐ what makes a soldier fight? Total war makes demands on the home front – how did the civilian population adapt to war? The World War II course will investigate the leadership of Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler. Examination into successful battles, for example, D Day, and military failures such as the Battle of Arnhem.
This course aims to offer an exciting overview of World War I and World War II; a fascinating insight into both the Front line and the Home front, in both world wars. This course offers an introduction to 20th century military conflict. Emphasis is placed on gaining an understanding of total war and its inherent complexities. Both primary and secondary source material will be critically assessed allowing students to develop their historical abilities.
Booking Information Applications can be made on‐line at www.theoxfordsummeracademy.com or by e‐mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post: Oxford Summer Academy Ltd, College House, 39‐42 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford OX1 2EP.