Oxford has been a global hub for the study of social sciences. In particular, study subjects such as politics, economics, law, psychology and others have led to significant advancements in these fields. Some of the famous social scientists associated with Oxford include Adam Smith, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke.
Economics is that branch of social sciences which analyses the mechanisms of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. The emergence of globalisation has necessitated the need for a better understanding of the economic linkages between nations: an issue which will be discussed in depth in this course.
Politics is an art or science of influencing people at either civil or individual level and has stemmed from the Greek word politikos that means “of, for or relating to citizens”. This course introduces the students to a range of topics in a field of study that was declared by Aristotle as the “mother of all sciences”.
International Relations explores the relationships between countries, including the roles of states and other international organisations such as the inter-governmental organizations (IGOs), international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and multinational corporations (MNCs).
Law is the set of rules that guides the conduct of individuals in a society and is enforceable through public agencies. It is universally accepted as being one of the key pillars of the nation state. It provides a framework for much of the activities that individuals undertake in their everyday lives. Activities like filing a tax return, asking the state to widen the road in your street, avoiding a traffic ticket are all scenarios that involve the ‘Law’. This course is designed to provide students with answers to questions like: (i) What is Law?; What are its origins?; (iii) What are its different branches?; and How is the law enforced?
Psychology is the study of mechanisms that underlie the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours of people. This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts and core topics within contemporary psychology through a mixed delivery mode. Students will be taught about different psychologists and case studies.
Students will get the opportunity to study leading entrepreneurs in different fields to understand the art of developing business. It will help them develop their own entrepreneurial outlook through learning key aspects.
ACCOUNTING & FINANCE
Accounting is the production and transmission of information about an enterprise from those who have it to those who need it. The two main components of accounting are: management accounting and financial accounting. Management accounting introduces students to the key disciplinary areas of planning, controlling, decision-making and performance measurement. Financial accounting focuses on reporting including some specific problem areas for reporting such as accounting for intangible assets.
Business studies introduces students to a range of business functions to develop a holistic understanding of the business processes and its interaction with the outside world. It will help students to identify specific business activities that they are interested in and would like to pursue in the future.
Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It has two branches. One which comes under social sciences (i.e. human geography) and the other that comes under natural sciences (i.e. physical geography). Human geography focuses on cultures, societies and economies, and physical geography is the study of physical landscapes and the environment.