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.

2020 Programme

John Locke Institute

Summer School

University of Oxford,

St Aldate's, 

Oxford, OX1 1DW

United Kingdom

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

Learning Formats

30 Lectures

These are plenary sessions during which an academic expert will give an authoritative treatment of an important topic. An excellent preparation for university studies.

16 Seminars

These smaller sessions, with usually around eight or nine students, provide an opportunity for closer interaction between students and faculty, and a deeper exploration.

12 Precepts

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. 

1 Tutorial

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

Political psychology.


Intellectual history: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill and Marx.

History of government and politics.

Economic history.


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.


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