Experience UNIQ History at Oxford!


The Faculty is proud to support two UNIQ History summer courses. The aim of UNIQ is not just to educate, but to give participants a realistic view of Oxford student life.

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UNIQ Summer participants live in an Oxford college or annexe and attend lectures and seminars in their chosen area, and workshops about applying to Oxford.


UNIQ is open to students studying in their first year of further education and who are based at UK state schools/colleges. As it is an access programme, preference is given to applicants from low socio-economic status backgrounds and/or from areas with low progression to higher education.


The deadline for applications for summer 2018 was 31 January 2018: for the latest information on the next round of applications, and for full details, please visit the UNIQ website.


History: Order and Freedom


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.

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


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.

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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