To celebrate the centenary of the Oxford PPE degree, this summer the John Locke Institute is coming to Balliol College, Oxford, where the famous degree was first taught exactly one hundred years ago. We solicit applications from many hundreds of students from every part of the world. From that pool we invite the most intellectually curious, academically ambitious, and open-minded to join us in Oxford for two weeks to pursue an interdisciplinary curriculum of philosophy, politics and economics.
The inventive, interactive learning methods, the high-calibre academics, and the exceptional peer group will push you to develop your listening ability, refine your reasoning skills, and enhance the clarity, precision and persuasive power of your writing and speaking.
18 – 31 July, 2021
Ages 15 – 21
The PPE summer school covers ethics, metaethics, logic, political theory, history of political thought, political economy, micro and macroeconomics, maths-for-economics, and game theory; our interdisciplinary curriculum uses the material and methodology of each subject to illuminate the others.
You will certainly return from the summer school much more knowledgeable, and yet we are less concerned with communicating information and more interested in helping you to develop a valuable and sophisticated set of skills. You will learn how to listen generously, how to question, doubt and challenge, how to reason logically, and how to express your arguments clearly and persuasively.
We will give you a deeper appreciation of what you don’t know, and help you to test what you think you know in order to bring to light any unexamined assumptions. We hope to ignite your passion for learning, strengthen and refine your thinking skills, and cultivate the kind of intellectual humility that enables you to learn from people even with whom you disagree.
"And that sweet city with her dreaming spires,
She needs not June for beauty's heightening"
Seat of the oldest English-speaking university in the world, Oxford is also one of the world's most beautiful cities: manicured lawns enclosed within mediæval quadrangles of honey-gold stone, grand towers and halls, pretty walled gardens, and the stately progress of the Cherwell where it meets the Thames. These have become symbols of all that is finest in a proud tradition of academic excellence.
We are fortunate this year that Balliol College, Oxford's oldest college (by one measure) and the birthplace of PPE, has invited the John Locke Institute to hold our summer school within their college.
We look forward to welcoming you to Oxford, where our Institute was founded, where John Locke himself studied and taught in the seventeenth century, and where many of our alumni go on to matriculate. We think the spirit of Oxford will infuse your learning experience and will invite our students to aspire to a higher standard. In the breaks between lectures and precepts and tutorials, you will visit one of Oxford's world-class museums or galleries, enjoy a picnic in Christ Church meadow, and try your hand at punting.
Like many before you, you might succumb to Oxford's enchantment. We hope so!
Our courses provide the opportunity to engage personally with some of the most renowned academics in the world, which is a rare privilege. We are eager, as much as possible, to be able to include the best and brightest students we can find, irrespective of their financial circumstances. For this reason we are very happy to be able to make available a limited number of merit-based scholarships, which can be augmented, in special circumstances, by a means-tested bursary.
To be considered for a financial aid award students must first be admitted into one of our programmes; admissions decisions are not influenced by a student's ability to afford our tuition fees. For more information about scholarships and bursaries, please click the link below.