International Relations at Oxford College
Oxford College | Ages 15 - 17
Our International Relations course will introduce students to global issues which form today’s political and humanitarian environment, as well as developing the English language skills necessary to understand them. Students will analyse how and why the international landscape looks as it does, by studying real-life political models and contemporary global issues. Our students will apply their understanding to a range of interactive and challenging role-play scenarios, to enhance their skills in presentation, negotiation and diplomacy.
To assist students in developing effective presentation and diplomacy skills, they are challenged to think about the perspectives of a variety of countries throughout the course and look at different conflict resolution strategies around the world. In doing so, students can interpret global political issues and events from different viewpoints, and advance their critical thinking, problem-solving and debating skills. The programme culminates in all our students taking on the role of delegate for an assigned country, and participating in a Model UN congress, held before an audience.
What can history teach us about diplomacy and conflict resolution? This module looks at the causes of historical international conflicts, and how they achieved resolution – or not – through diplomatic means.
What is the role of the UN and NATO? How did they come in to being? Do they operate effectively, or have they been negligent in certain cases? This module looks at the role of these two important international diplomatic organisations, and analyses their function and effectiveness. As part of this module, International Relations students will take part in a Module UN assembly.
The International Declaration of Human Rights was produced and adopted by the United Nations in 1948. Since then, it has enshrined the rights and freedoms of all human beings. This module explores the declaration in detail and analyses where it has proved a successful safeguard, and how the UN resolves issues where the declaration has not been adhered to.
Modules are given for example purposes and are subject to change.