Corpus Christi College Oxford

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Politics is an important part of two of the most successful Joint Honour Schools at Oxford: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), and the smaller and more recent History and Politics (HPOL). Most PPE students choose to continue to study politics in the second and third year, so at any point in time there are generally around 25 Corpus students studying politics.

The Fellow in Politics is Giovanni Capoccia, Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and IR. His teaching concentrates in the area of comparative and European politics: French and German politics, Comparative Politics, Political Sociology, plus optional courses on European politics. His research concentrates on comparative and European politics. Dr Scot Peterson is a College Lecturer in Politics. He is in charge of the teaching of UK and US politics, both in the first and subsequent years of PPE and HPOL. His research is in the area of constitutional history, public law, and politics and religion.

In the first year, Politics students take tutorials in College on the Politics of Germany, the UK and the US, as well as on some basic concepts of political theory. In their second year, students choose two "core" courses (called "papers" in the Oxford jargon) from a list of five including Theory of Politics, Comparative Government, Political Sociology, International Relations, and British Politics and Government since 1900. The "core papers" are then complemented by a number of optional papers (generally two) chosen from a long list of options, and by some revision classes offered in the course of the third year. There is also the possibility to substitute one of the option papers with a supervised honors thesis.

Generally, Corpus students take tutorials (small group teaching varying between one and three students per session) in the entire first year and most of the second year in College. Students taking specialised optional courses that are not taught in College are sent out to specialist tutors.

College tutorials are complemented by a very large variety of lectures and classes offered by the Department of Politics. The Politics Prelims syllabus is covered in a number of lectures running through the academic year. Each of the second year core papers is covered in at least 16 lectures, and generally 12 to 16 lectures are offered in each of the optional courses. Some optional courses are taught in the Department through a mixture of lectures and small classes.

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