Students get to grips with the global economy and, within it, with its inequalities. Drawing on geography, economics, biology, demography, social and political history, they seek to determine why, in the past 150 years, certain parts of the world have thrived while others have not, and what measures – if any – communities, governments, and supranational organizations can take to make the global economy more equitable while ensuring its sustainability. Students complete the course by proposing their own measures either for individual states, regions, or supranational organizations.
The Oxford Tradition is housed in Pembroke College, which was founded by King James I, in 1624. Pembroke boasts Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, American Senator J. William Fulbright, Samuel Johnson, author of The Dictionary of the English Language, and Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg among its alums.
In Oxford, students live in rooms that are occupied by undergraduates during the year. Students are housed in singles or doubles. Students can request a private bathroom (for a fee), on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Oxford Tradition offers students in grades 10 to 12 the chance to have a pre-university experience. They immerse themselves in subjects about which they are passionate, or that they are planning to study, under the guidance of a university teacher or a professional. Alongside, participants unlock the rich history and culture of Oxford from their base at Pembroke College.
Every class is designed to use Oxford as a teaching tool. When not in class, students have access to a full range of optional activities designed to help them discover Oxford and immerse themselves in English life. They can go on tours of sights like the Bodleian Library and Christ Church, take part in a variety of sports, attend local Shakespeare productions, or go on field trips to London.