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UNIQ is open to students studying in their first year of further education, who are based at UK state schools/colleges. Students make a single application between December and January and can be selected to participate in one of two activities: UNIQ Digital or UNIQ Spring and Summer.

UNIQ Spring and Summer gives you a taste of the Oxford undergraduate student experience. You will live in an Oxford college for a week, attend lectures and seminars in your chosen subject area, and receive expert advice on the Oxford application and interview process. The timetable also allows plenty of time for social activities; in the evenings you are free to tour the city, sample some of the University's sports and cultural facilities, and let your hair down at the farewell party.

Please visit the UNIQ website for further information.

History: Order and Freedom

Much of history can be understood as a struggle between those who favour radical reform, sometimes even revolution, and those who wish to preserve stability and tradition in the face of radical experimentation. Historians are interested not just in continuity and change, but also in those social pressures, ideas, and individuals that decide the balance between them.

History: Order and Freedom

Religious reformation, political debates, class conflicts and female emancipation can all be thought of as combining processes of reform, reaction, and rupture. There are a few dramas of history more fascinating than those great struggles to bring about freedom, which can be defined in so many ways, or to save imperilled order against its enemies.

In this week-long course, we will be thinking about and discussing these themes illustrated by case-studies and lectures given by experts. We will be engaging with freedom struggles, revolutions, civil conflicts, and the struggle to maintain social peace. Our aim will be to look at the dynamic of history itself. Informal discussion groups will explore the ideas of order and freedom and the past they help to illuminate.

You will be given use of Oxford’s libraries to write an essay connected to the topics discussed, and this essay will be the basis of a tutorial at the end of the week. It will give a real feel for the Oxford academic experience. Visit the UNIQ website to find out more!


Requirements: Studying History to A2 is highly recommended

Available Places: 30

Places to Applicants: 1 in 6

Dates: 22 - 27 July 2018

History: Race and Protest

The History of Race and Protest course is an immersive and deeply interesting course. It focuses on the struggle for Black Civil Rights in the twentieth century, looking at leaders such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and others, as well as examining other civil rights issues within the movement, such as those of class and gender.

History: Race and Protest

One of the most interesting aspects of the course is its trans-national standpoint, looking at the interlinkage of Civil Rights movements across the world, not just in the United States but in African Nations and Britain too. The course is interesting for both those who already know a little about the topic, and those who are new to it. You will engage in real sources and writings of these leaders and really try to get to grips with these movements on a national and international level.

The course itself consists of a wide range of lectures, discussion classes, research and culminates in a tutorial, giving a real flavour of the Oxford experience. Over the course of the week you will write a short essay about the themes in the course material, aided by your student ambassadors and will have a tutorial in twos or threes at the end of the week, to discuss your essay.

The History of Race and Protest really gives a flavour of a week in the life of an Oxford History undergraduate, and its subject matter reflects a hugely important movement, still alive today, in vibrant and accessible terms. Visit the UNIQ website to find out more!


Requirements: Studying History to A2 is highly recommended

Available Places: 30

Places to Applicants: 1 in 4

Dates: 15 July - 20 July 2018


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