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2019 Programme

Welcome to the 2019 John Locke Institute Summer School in France.

 

This year we are offering two distinct courses. Our flagship summer school, for students from fifteen to twenty, is a modular programme that follows our signature curriculum of philosophy, politics, economics, history and psychology. But this year, for the first time, we are pleased to introduce our junior summer school, a one-week course for bright thirteen- and fourteen-year-olds. 

 

To learn what to expect, and to see why our summer schools are perfect for bright, curious, ambitious students, we invite you to look at the course outlines and other information below.

Summer School

This year our summer school will run for three weeks, from 29 July until 19 August, though if this is your first-ever JLI summer school you are welcome to apply to join us for the first, or first and second modules only. The curriculum develops as we move from one week to the next, and so does the professor/student ratio, so please look through the module descriptions.   ​

Module I: Core Principles

Monday, 29 July - Monday, 5 August 

In the first week we lay a firm foundation, introducing our students to the key principles in our core curriculum. Most days there are two or three plenary lectures and two seminars, and every day there are interactive 'precepts' where one preceptor will meet with a small group of six to eight students for an interactive discussion, debate or exercise.

 

The core curriculum includes ethics, logic, epistemology, political philosophy, theory and practice of democracy, political economy, microeconomics, behavioural economics, game theory, intellectual history, political and economic history, historical investigation case study, neuroscience and philosophy of mind, cognitive bias, and political psychology.   

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Module II: Advanced Study

In the second week, we follow a hybrid curriculum combining an advanced common core syllabus and individual electives. Every student will attend a series of lectures on Ethics and Political Economy, and a seminar on Second World War History (followed by a visit to the D-Day landing beaches). But each student will also choose two or three electives to study in greater depth, in very small precept groups.

 

The electives on offer are Philosophy & Theology, Politics & Law, Economics & Finance, History, Psychology & Neuroscience, and French. For both electives, each student will write a tutorial essay under the individual supervision of his or her preceptor.

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Monday, 5 August - Monday, 12 August 

Module III: Oxbridge Prep

Monday, 12 August - Monday, 19 August 

The final week of the summer school is open only to first-time JLI students of the very highest ability, or returning alumni by invitation. There are two parallel programmes in this module: 

 

1. Oxford-style tutorials (one professor with two students) for those who have finished school and are about to begin an undergraduate degree at one of the world's leading universities.

 

2. For students about to begin the final year of high school we provide subject-based tutorials (as above), individual practice interviews, training in the Oxbridge admissions tests, and expert editorial guidance for writing a compelling UCAS personal statement or US admissions essays.

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Course Fees

Module I:

Core Curriculum

Module II:

Advanced Study

The River Orne

Mont Saint-Michel

Module I + Module II + Module III + Canoeing on the River Orne + Day Trip to Mont Saint-Michel

Monday, 29 July to Monday, 19 August: £3,985.00

Module II:

Advanced Study

The River Orne

Module I + Module II + Canoeing on the River Orne

Monday, 29 July to Monday, 12 August: £2,715.00

Module II:

Advanced Study

Module I

Monday, 29th July to Monday, 5th August: £1,379.00

Module I:

Core Curriculum

Module I:

Core Curriculum

Module I:

Core Curriculum

Module III:

Oxbridge Prep

Module III:

Oxbridge Prep

Module III:

Oxbridge Prep

Module II:

Advanced Study

Mont Saint-Michel

Module II + Module III + Day Trip to Mont Saint-Michel

Monday, 5 August to Monday, 19 August: £3,085.00

Module I:

Core Curriculum

Module III:

Oxbridge Prep

The combination of Modules II and III, below, is available only to JLI alumni or students currently enrolled in a degree course at university.

What's Included?
 

The course fee for the John Locke Institute summer programmes includes all tuition, academic materials, meals and snacks, shared accommodation in our eighteen century château (with shared en-suite facilities), use of the château’s heated swimming pool, tennis court and other facilities, excursions to Bayeux (Module I) and Omaha Beach (Module II) and a personal report with detailed feedback on each student's performance.   

For: Thirteen- and fourteen-year-old students

Subjects: Mathematics, History, Introduction to Philosophy, Politics & Economics, Critical Thinking, and (optional) French 

Fees: £965.30

NEW

Monday, 12 August - Monday, 19 August 

Junior Summer School

Welcome to the JLI Junior Summer School, new in 2019!

 

This eight-day programme is designed to give bright young students (ages 13

and 14) a fun and innovative learning experience in Mathematics, History, Critical Thinking, and (optional) French. Students will be introduced to key elements of PPE, including the big ideas of great thinkers like Aristotle, John Locke and John Stuart Mill on ethics and politics, and an explanation of how market economies work.

 

After a few days with our brilliant university professors, we're confident our young students will be inspired to continue to explore these subjects when they return home, and work hard at school to achieve their academic goals. 

 

As well as seminars and precepts, our students will visit the WWII Landing Beaches and the famous Bayeux Tapestry, and will build new friendships through our exciting games and social activities, around the barbecue, on the tennis court or in the pool.

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FAQs

The Summer School Application Process

What does the John Locke Institute look for in an applicant? 

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What to Expect at the Summer School

 

What’s the structure of a typical day?

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Is there a dress code at the John Locke Institute?

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About being a student at the John Locke Institute

 

How does attending the Summer School help with my applications?

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"The plethora of notable academics introducing new concepts, helped expand my knowledge and challenged my existing opinions in a friendly and encouraging environment. When combined with a peer group, in which I have formed some super strong friendships, I feel I have participated in a unique and unrivaled programme. I hold such special memories from my experience of the John Locke Institute Summer School 2018, for which I am truly grateful. "

 

Anya Lonergan (Shrewsbury High School, Shrewsbury)