Welcome to the 2020 John Locke Institute
Summer School, now in Oxford.
Our flagship academic programme, for students from fifteen to twenty, follows our signature curriculum of philosophy, politics, economics, history and psychology.
To learn what to expect, and to see why our summer school is perfect for bright, curious, ambitious students, we invite you to look at the course outline and other information below.
John Locke Institute
University of Oxford,
Oxford, OX1 1DW
Course I: Saturday 25 July to Tuesday 4 August
Course II (online only): Tuesday 4 August to Sunday 16 August
Course III: Sunday 16 August to Wednesday 26 August
These are plenary sessions during which an academic expert will give an authoritative treatment of an important topic. An excellent preparation for university studies.
These smaller sessions, with usually around eight or nine students, provide an opportunity for closer interaction between students and faculty, and a deeper exploration.
This is one of the key elements of the JLI educational experience. With only five or six students per precept we can create a bespoke experience for each small group.
6 Special Sessions
Using game play and a range of unconventional learning techniques, these sessions leave a profound impression on our students, and transform the way they think.
Every student will prepare a piece of written work to present to a senior member of our faculty in the style of a Cambridge supervision or an Oxford tutorial.
Foundations of moral theory: deontology, consequentialism and virtue ethics
Critical thinking: introduction to formal symbolic logic
Epistemology and simulations.
Theory of politics: liberty, justice, equality.
Social contract theory.
Democracy: understanding shortcomings and designing compromises
Intellectual history: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill and Marx.
History of government and politics.
What you know vs. what is so.
Opinion formation vs. justification.
Changing minds: your own and others’.
Microeconomics; political economy; value and price theory; mathematical foundations; market failure; unintended consequences; behavioural economics; and game theory.