Humanities and social sciences

"Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers"

-François-Marie Arouet (also known as Voltaire)

The Humanities and Social Sciences course is OxNet's longest-running course, beginning in Hackney just over ten years ago and directed by academics at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. It is a broad course that principally covers the subject areas of History, English, Politics, Economics and Philosophy, but also encompasses sociological, anthropological and classical themes (to name but a few). It is a truly interdisciplinary course.

The seminar series for this course is themed around Thinkers and Cultures. Students examine the following key ideas and figures:

  • Reason, Religion and Toleration

  • Slave Narratives and the Literature of Abolition

  • The Dawn of Modern Philosophy

  • Scarcity, Choice and Fairness

  • Evolutionary and Revolutionary Change

  • Knowledge, Narrative and Time

Pupils on all six Year 12 strands participate in Access Week at the end of the intensive course, allowing for space and time to be dedicated to more specific areas of study led by our team of tutors.