Academics | The Exeter Summer Programme
Academic Package

The Exeter Summer Programme models itself on Oxford undergraduate teaching. Through lectures, seminars and tutorials, you will undertake 80hrs of research-focused tuition. The tutorial system, one of the key strengths of an Oxford undergraduate education, brings students together with Faculty in individual tutorials and small seminars. Such teaching ensures students get direct, expert guidance as they undertake in-depth study in a chosen area of research.

There are 12 disciplinary lecture courses arranged into 6 streams; you select two. Each of these consists of two complementary lecture courses, each course comprising 12 x lectures, 6 x seminars and 2 x tutorials. All sessions are 1.25hrs long.

On application you will be asked to select your two streams and each lecture course within your two streams as either ‘major’ or ‘minor’. For example:

  • Stream Choice 1: “Law and Philosophy”; Major ‘Jurisprudence’, Minor ‘Political Philosophy’.
  • Stream Choice 2: “International Relations and Economics”; Major ‘Development Economics’, Minor ‘International Relations between the two World Wars 1914-1945’.

Within each major, you must attend all lectures (12), seminars (6) and tutorials (2); and within each minor, you attend only the lectures (12). This gives a total of 40hrs contact tuition per academic stream. You will be assessed by written exam and research essay in your majors, but will not be assessed in your minor, although attendance is mandatory.

The range of lectures and seminars offered in the arts and humanities, social science, maths, science, and engineering reflects the array of academic expertise in Oxford and has been designed to allow you to work both towards your home University degree requirements and to try something new.

Lecturers will be drawn from Exeter College, Oxford University Faculty and from other distinguished Universities. Lecture courses will be academically rigorous and challenging but accessible.

Small classes, discussion-based learning and opportunities to work closely with teaching Faculty are defining features of an Oxford undergraduate education. To replicate this model lectures have been capped at 30 and seminars at 8.

At the heart of Exeter College’s Summer Programme is the tutorial system which brings students together with Faculty in individual tutorials and small seminars. This is your chance to undertake research-based work under the guidance and supervision of an expert in the field. For more information please refer to the ‘Tutorial System’ page.

Academic Streams

You may select any two subject streams A – F, below.

To view the lecture course syllabi, please click on the course titles.

A)  Literature and Art & Cinema History
(i) Literatures of Modernism the Modernist Novel in English
(ii) Defining the Modern Visual Arts and Modern Cinema

B)  History and Anthropology/Sociology/Culture
(i) Histories of Migrations
(ii) Representing Migrant Experience Modern Migration in Literature and Film

C)  International Relations and Economics
(i) Introduction to International Relations
(ii) Development Economics

D) Law and Philosophy
(i) Jurisprudence
(ii) Contemporary Political Philosophy

E) Engineering and Medicine
(i) Machine Learning  
(ii) Neuroscience

F) Science and Mathematics
(i) Mathematics for Chemistry
(ii) Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

We will endeavour to place you in your first choice majors and minors, however spaces are limited and to ensure the small class, discussion-based learning experience we will ask for your 2nd choices in your application.

We recommend selecting one stream within your major subject and with the other you should try a subject that is new and different. Any combination of streams is possible, so please keep an open mind.

Most courses do not have prerequisites and are therefore open to everyone. Read the lecture course descriptions carefully and take time to choose wisely. You will have an opportunity to switch classes in Week 1, but if you decide to change subject streams this will be subject to availability and you will need a good reason and the agreement of the Academic Director.

Exeter reserves the right to alter or cancel any course in the event that a lecturer becomes unexpectedly unavailable, or in the unlikely event of a course being undersubscribed. In both cases we will use our best endeavours to find an alternative teacher and/or advise you of the best alternative course.


Course: Literatures of Modernism: the Modernist Novel in English
Lecturer: Dr Michael Mayo
Dr Michael Mayo was a first-generation student at Harvard College, where he received an honours degree in English. After working as a teacher and principal at urban public schools, he received his M.A. in English from Middlebury College and an MSc in Literature and Modernity from the University of Edinburgh. For his DPhil (on Jamaes Joyce) he came to Oxford, where he was a lecturer at Exeter College; he is now the Junior Research Fellow in English at Worcester College, Oxford. He is currently writing a book based on his DPhil research on the formal relations between the texts of James Joyce and Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, the order of priests who taught Joyce at school. He uses psychoanalytic theory, particularly that of Melanie Klein, to trace the ways both Loyola and Joyce use frustration and satisfaction to drive their readers into a peculiar position, one both hermeneutic and existential, ironic and earnest, tragic and (potentially) hilarious. Still a lecturer teaching Exeter undergraduates, as a Fellow of Worcester College, he teaches Literature in English from 1830 to the present, with special focus on modernist narrative.

Course: Defining the Modern: the Visual Arts and Modern Cinema
Lecturer: Ms Liz Rideal
Liz Rideal is Reader in Fine Art in the Painting Department of the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.  Since 1985, her work has been shown in 44 solo exhibitions in both public and private art galleries across Europe and America together with 5 catalogue publications and 20 public commissions. Her artwork is held in public collections including Tate; Victoria & Albert Museum; British Museum; The National Portrait Gallery; The Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; Museet for Fotokunst, Denmark; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; The George Eastman Museum & the Yale Centre for British Art, USA. Rideal received a Leverhulme Fellowship in 2016-17, a British Academy grant to work in India in 2011, and the Rome Wingate Scholarship at the British School at Rome, in 2008/9. Her publications include;  Mirror/Mirror: Self-portraits by Women Artists, National Portrait Gallery, London, and Watson-Guptill, NY, 2001; Insights: Self-portraits, NPG, London, 2005; and How to Read Painting, Bloomsbury, London, and Rizzoli, NY, 2014, and 2015. She is co-author of Madam and Eve: Images of women by women 1968-2018, to be published by Laurence King, 2018.

Course: Defining the Modern: the Visual Arts and Modern Cinema
Lecturer: Dr Cleo Hanaway-Oakley
Cleo Hanaway-Oakley was awarded her doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2013 after having completed a BA in English and Philosophy and an MA in Twentieth-century Literature at the University of Leeds. Her work is concerned with the interrelations between literature, philosophy, film, culture, and science. James Joyce and the Phenomenology of Film, her first monograph, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2017. She is Founder and Lead Convener of Oxford Phenomenology Network, an international group of multi-disciplinary scholars and practitioners interested in all aspects of phenomenological thought and practice. She currently works at the University of Oxford in the role of Knowledge Exchange Facilitator and as a tutor at various Oxford colleges.

Course: Histories of Migration
Lecturer: Dr Saima Nasar
Dr Saima Nasar is a Teaching Fellow in the History of Race and Culture in Twentieth Century Britain and America at the University of Birmingham. She is a social and cultural historian who works on race, empire and Britain’s diasporic communities. The core of her teaching has been on World History, African American History, and the History of Race, Immigration and Empire. She has also taught courses on Comparative Research Methods as well as an introduction to African History survey course which has been greatly informed by my own research. She leads both undergraduate and postgraduate modules and has extensive experience of dissertation supervisions.

Course: Representing Migrant Experience: Modern Migration in Literature and Film
Lecturer: Dr Michelle Witen
Dr Michelle Witen obtained her DPhil from the University of Oxford, where she was also a Visiting Fellow from January-July 2016, and holds an MA in Comparative Literature as well as a Scholars’ Electives Honours BA in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Western Ontario. Her monograph, James Joyce and Absolute Music, will be appearing with Bloomsbury in 2017, and her other recent publications include articles on Joyce for Genetic Joyce Studies and Variations, a chapter on T. S. Eliot and music for the Edinburgh Companion to Eliot and the Arts (Edinburgh University Press 2016)an article on Frankenstein and hysteria, and a co-edited volume on Shakespeare and Space: Theatrical Explorations of the Spatial Paradigm (Palgrave 2016). Her research interests are far-ranging, clustering around 19th-21st-century literatures, particularly within the contexts of music; intermediality; animal studies; migrations and notions of homecoming; and literary theory. Her current projects include co-editing a volume on Modernism in Wonderland and writing her Habilitation project on the literary products of vice, scandal and news in 19th-century newspapers from 1850 onwards.

Course: Introduction to International Relations
Lecturer: Dr Elisabetta Brighi
Dr Elisabetta Brighi was the first Bennet Boskey Fellow in International Relations at Exeter College University of Oxford and is now a Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and IR, University of Westminster. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of International Security and International Political Theory. They include terrorism, urban security, affect and mimesis. She has published, most recently, the co-edited volume The Sacred and the Political (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) and the journal article ‘The Globalisation of Resentment’, in Millennium: Journal of International Studies (2016).

Course: Development Economics
Lecturer: Dr Donna Harris
Dr Donna Harris is a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), Department of Economics at Oxford Univerisity. Prior to this post, she was a  Departmental Lecturer in Development Economics at the Department of International Development, University of Oxford and a Career Development Fellow (CDF) in Economics at Somerville College, University of Oxford. Prior to Oxford, she was an ESRC-MRC Interdisciplinary Post-Doctoral Fellow at Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge. She holds a PhD and MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge, MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Economics from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. She has been awarded research grants from the British Academy and a joint Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC), UK. Her research areas are in Behavioural and Experimental Economics with applications to developing countries. Her research also uses methods in Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience using fMRI in order to understand individual and group decisions. Her current research project examines the roles of social identity, norms and narratives within social networks in the functioning of public organisations in developing countries (joint work with Prof. Paul Collier and Prof. Stefan Dercon, University of Oxford). Her other research explores the impacts of social interactions and communication on economic decisions including social preferences, financial decision-makings, and cooperation. Donna has taught Behavioural Development Economics course for the MSc in Economics for Development as well as undergraduate courses in Microeconomics, Game Theory and Development Economics.

Course: Jurisprudence
Lecturer: Dr Sandy Steel
Dr Sandy Steel read law (BA, PhD) at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. From 2010-2014 he was a Lecturer in Law at King’s College London. He is interested in the English, French, and German law of obligations and in philosophical questions about that area of law. He has written mainly about torts. He also maintains an interest in general jurisprudence and has co-authored (with Nick McBride) a critical guide to the subject: Great Debates in Jurisprudence (Palgrave, 2014). In 2016, he was awarded the Modern Law Review’s Wedderburn Prize for his article ‘Justifying Exceptions to Proof of Causation in Tort Law’ and won joint second prize in the Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship for his book, Proof of Causation in Tort Law (CUP, 2015). His work has been cited by the UK Supreme Court and the High Court of Australia.

Course: Jurisprudence
Lecturer: Hasan Dindjer
Hasan Dindjer is an Examination Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate at New College, Oxford and then at Harvard Law School. He is interested in a range of topics in public law; legal, moral, and political philosophy; and public international law. His current research is focused on the concept of reasonableness in public law. He is working on an account of what the law does and ought to do in requiring that public authorities act reasonably, and of how this relates to the ideas of rationality and proportionality.

Course: Contemporary Political Philosophy
Lecturer: Dr Sara Goff
Dr Sarah Goff received her PhD in 2012 from the Princeton Politics Department, with a primary specialization in political theory and a secondary specialization in international relations. During the 2012-2013 academic year, she was a research fellow with ‘Justitia Amplificata: Rethinking Justice – Applied and Global’ at Goethe University Frankfurt. From September 2013 to January 2017, she was postdoctoral fellow in Government at the London School of Economics, where she taught on the Global Politics MSc and the Political Theory MSc programs. This past spring term, she was visiting assistant professor in Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on international trade, international assistance, global justice, economic justice, and responsibility in non-ideal circumstances.

Course: Machine Learning
Lecturer: Professor Dino Sejdinovic
Professor Dino Sejdinovic is an Associate Professor at the Department of Statistics, University of Oxford, a Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford, and a Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. He previously held postdoctoral positions at the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London (2011-2014) and at the Department of Mathematics, University of Bristol (2009-2011) and worked as a data science consultant in the financial services industry. He received a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bristol (2009) and a Diplom in Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science from the University of Sarajevo (2006). Dino’s research interests include large-scale statistical machine learning with an emphasis on nonparametric and kernel methods, as well as applications in communications, signal processing and neuroscience. He has served as an Area Chair for NIPS 2015 and on the SPC of AISTATS 2016 and 2017.

Course: Neuroscience
Lecturer: Dr Deborah Clarke, Biography Coming Soon

Course: Mathematics for Chemistry
Lecturer: Dr Martin Galpin
Dr Martin Galpin is a Fellow and College Lecturer in Mathematics for Chemistry at University College, University of Oxford. He teaches undergraduates in Mathematics for Chemistry and, at the graduate level, organises and teaches the core maths component of the CDT in Theory and Modelling in the Chemical Sciences. His work is in the general area of condensed matter theory, the aim of which is to understand the physical properties of solids, liquids and related phases of matter. Of particular interest are so-called ‘correlated electron systems’. For a selection of publications, please see

Course: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Lecturer: Professor Grant Ritchie
Professor Grant Ritchie was an undergraduate and DPhil student at Trinity College, Oxford. After winning a prestigious Royal Society Fellowship, he is now a University Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at the University of Oxford, and is a Tutorial Fellow in Chemistry at Worcester College, Oxford. His (physical chemistry) research focuses on the application of laser-based spectroscopic techniques to a variety of fundamental and applied problems in the areas of gas phase reaction dynamics, optical micromanipulation and medical diagnostics (see

Course: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Lecturer: Professor Philipp Kukura
Professor Philipp Kukura read Chemistry at St Hugh’s College Oxford, did a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley with Rich Mathies before moving to ETH Zurich to work with Vahid Sandoghdar.He returned to Oxford initially as an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow in 2010 and was elected to a tutorial fellowship at Exeter College, Oxford in 2011 and promoted to Full Professor in 2016. He has received awards by the Royal Society of Chemistry (Harrison-Meldola 2011 and Marlow 2010) and the European Biophysical Society Association (2017) and currently holds an ERC Starting Investigator Grant. He leads an interdisciplinary research group that develops and applies new optical methodologies to study structure and dynamics down to nanometer length scales and femtosecond timescales. His research is motivated by a vigorous back and forth between pushing the boundaries of what can be measured with light and the application of our developments to fundamental questions in chemistry, physics and biology.

The Tutorial System

By participating in seminars and tutorials you will experience the small discussion-group learning that is central to undergraduate student life in Oxford. The tutorial system will ensure you receive direct, expert guidance as you undertake study in a chosen area of research.

You will meet an expert in the field once or twice a week in small groups of no more than 8 to discuss your work with your peers and to report on progress and receive feedback, constructive criticism and guidance from your seminar leader. In addition, you will meet your seminar leader for two 1-to-1 tutorials in which, through dialogue between teacher and student, you will participate in the ancient oral tradition, test the soundness of your ideas and explore questions in depth.

Seminars and tutorials will build on themes introduced in your lectures. You will be given a list of essay titles to choose from in your first seminar and in the weeks that follow under the direction of your seminar and tutorial leader you will spend time reading independently and preparing written work, leading to the production of a final 3,000-word essay.

By participating in the Summer Programme seminars, you will:

  • gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter
  • improve your ability to think critically and work independently
  • develop the skills to assess and make use of source materials
  • hone your oral and written communication skills
  • learn to formulate and justify a thesis, and to anticipate and respond to counter-arguments
  • develop individual academic interests within the context of your chosen subjects
  • have the opportunity to begin work on a senior thesis or other area of special academic interest
  • benefit from close intellectual engagement with your tutorial and seminar leader and fellow students

The tutorial system will be academically challenging but rewarding. You will be expected to undertake self-directed preparatory work before each session (e.g. reading, writing short essays, or working through a set of problems) and then to take an active part in the seminars and tutorials by presenting and defending your ideas and analysing and critiquing the ideas of your instructor and classmates.

Assessment and Academic Credit

Students who successfully complete the Programme will receive a transcript showing two grades, one for each major, expressed as a grade-% and a letter equivalent, together with grading guidance notes.
Your final grades will comprise:

(1) Written exams; One 3hr exam per major in which you will be asked to write 3 x essays.
(2) Research essay; One 3,000 -word essay per major.
(3) Attendance.

While subject streams have been designed to be credit-bearing and we will assist you to transfer credit home, Exeter College does not operate a credit system and ultimately the calculation of credit will be decided by your home University. As a guide, courses usually receive 6 University of California quarter credits, 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS credits.

Evening Lectures
In addition to your academic lectures, seminars and tutorials, we will arrange a series of 6 evening lectures delivered by luminaries from the University of Oxford and other leading universities, as well as from public and professional life. The format of these lectures will provide time for you to question the speaker and to continue discussions over drinks immediately afterwards.
Academic Resources

To support your studies, you will have access to Exeter College Library and to the University’s Bodleian and associated Faculty Libraries as well as supplementary resources posted online by your Exeter Summer Programme Faculty.

You will be advised of any pre-course reading prior to the start of the Programme.

Time Table and Workload

Classes will run Monday-Friday. You can expect to have c.15hrs of contact teaching per week and to spend time reading and preparing for your lectures, seminars and tutorials in advance. There will be time in week 6 for exam revision and writing up research essays. Generally, week-ends will be free for you to travel independently or catch up on your academic work.

Lecture course schedules are available here:

A)  Literature and Art & Cinema History
(i) Literatures of Modernism the Modernist Novel in English
(ii) Defining the Modern Visual Arts and Modern Cinema

B)  History and Anthropology/Sociology/Culture
(i) Histories of Migration
(ii) Representing Migrant Experience Modern Migration in Literature and Film

C)  International Relations and Economics
(i) Introduction to International Relations
(ii) Development Economics

D) Law and Philosophy
(i) Jurisprudence
(ii) Contemporary Political Philosophy

E) Engineering and Medicine
(i) Machine Learning
(ii) Neuroscience

F) Science and Mathematics
(i) Mathematics for Chemistry
(ii) Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

The full Programme time table is now available here: