Weekly Themes

The summer theme is Oxford: A Global City, exploring Oxford's role in the past, present, and future

These themes will feature throughout the course and will inform course content from classroom discussions to study visits to excursions (to be confirmed and subject to availability).

We will also have guest speakers presenting regular talks for advanced students related to the following weekly themes.

Week 1 (June 16): Oxford and the Arts

Oxford Festival of the Arts

Alice in Wonderland

Visits: Ashmolean, Natural History & Pitt Rivers Museums, Modern Art Gallery

Week 2 (June 23): Science & Engineering

50 years since the moon landing

500 years of Leonardo da Vinci

Advanced talk: Everyday Science (Tom Rocks Maths)

Visits: Weston Library, Natural History & Pitt Rivers Museums, History of Science Museum

Week 3 (June 30): International Affairs

Malala Day


Advanced talk: International Inequality (Oxfam)

Visits: Weston Library, Magistrates Courts

Week 4 (July 7): Music & Festivals

Wilderness Festival

Woodstock and Glastonbury

Visits: Natural History & Pitt Rivers Museums

Week 5 (July 14): Digital Media

World Emoji Day


Visits: Weston Library, Oxford University Press, Blackwell's Art & Poster Shop

Week 6 (July 21): Business and the Economy

Business Trends 2019

Crowdfunding and Startups

Advanced talk: Starting Your Own Business (Oxford Business Person 2018)

Visits: Weston Library, Saïd Business School, History of Science Museum, Lady Margaret Hall

Week 7 (July 28): Environmental Awareness

Oxford Green Week

Drowning in Plastic

Advanced talk: Fusion Energy (UKAEA)

Visits: Weston Library, Natural History & Pitt Rivers Museums, History of Science Museum

Week 8 (Aug 4): Sport & Culture

Wimbledon & Tour de France

Oxford Sports: Punting and Rowing

Advanced talk: Sports vs. Maths (Tom Rocks Maths)

Visits: Port Meadow, University Parks

Week 9 (Aug 11): Youth Culture: Fashion, Phones, & Films

International Youth Day


Visits: Ashmolean, Modern Art Gallery