You will be sent some things to read before you arrive in Oxford - don’t worry, you don’t need to buy any of it yourself. Some examples of the reading are: an excerpt from J.S. Mill’s Utilitarianism, an article about the UK House of Lords, and a paper discussing UK income inequality.
You’ll have seven of these while you’re on UNIQ, each covering a different aspect of, or way of thinking about, equality. What is equality? What sort of equality should we care about? How can the law affect equality? How is equality measured? These are the sorts of questions that your lectures will help you answer. And the lecturers always leave time at the end so that you can ask them your own questions!
You’ll spend most of your work-hours on the Summer School preparing for and then writing an essay, which will be in response to a question on equality that you’ll be set during the week. Writing the essay is challenging, fun and very rewarding. It won’t be marked or graded: the only person who has an interest in its quality is you!
The day after you hand your essay in, you’ll have a tutorial with an Oxford tutor. They’ll read your essays beforehand – then, in the tutorial itself, you’ll discuss your ideas and have them challenged by the tutor. Tutorials are fantastic for prompting you to think in ways you’ve never thought before and revealing flaws in your thinking. The tutorial is the undoubted highlight of PPE at UNIQ: it’s where everything really comes together.