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Studying Art and Humanties in Oxford

Posted 16 April 2014
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If you’ve read my previous article titled ‘Arriving as a New Student in Oxford’, featuring two Art and Design Foundation students, Sheryl and Anis, then you’d know that Bellerbys College Oxford has quite a reputation for Arts and Humanities. This is the reason that Bellerbys College Oxford has been selected to become a specialist centre that focuses on these subjects.

If you’ve read my previous article titled ‘Arriving as a New Student in Oxford’, featuring two Art and Design Foundation students, Sheryl and Anis, then you’d know that Bellerbys College Oxford has quite a reputation for Arts and Humanities. This is the reason that Bellerbys College Oxford has been selected to become a specialist centre that focuses on these subjects.

Therefore, I thought it’d be a great idea to introduce you to Arts and Humanities classes at Bellerbys College Oxford, including Art, Government & Politics, History, and Sociology. Truthfully speaking, if you’re considering doing any Arts or Humanities courses in the UK, Bellerbys College Oxford should be your first choice.

Art

 

Fortunately, I’ve had several chances to visit the Art Room. This is where Art teachers and students keep everything, from materials to art projects produced by students themselves. There are colours everywhere: on the desks, on the walls. It’s the perfect room for such a dynamic and fun subject where your creativity will surely thrive. In Art class, you will learn a combination of different art and design skills, which you will use to gradually develop your ideas throughout the whole course.

Teachers will be there for you every step of the way, but you will also have the chance to work independently on your projects. In fact, from what I saw during my visits to the room, each individual Art student was very focused on their artistic work even when their teachers were not around. However, this doesn’t mean that the room is quiet; in fact, it’s very lively and friendly. They are all good friends; it’s great!

The impression I received from visiting the Art Room is that Art courses at Bellerbys College Oxford are truly ‘colourful’.

Government & Politics

 

I actually started the A-Level Government & Politics course myself, but due to circumstances I had to switch to another subject after three months. However, I can assure you, my time in the class was great. We would learn a lot about the British government and discuss political ideologies in small debates. Learning about Britain’s government and politics can be both challenging and fascinating at the same time.

Politics students also have a lot of opportunities to visit the Houses of Parliament in London (where Big Ben is!) in order to understand more about the history of British politics. When I first arrived in the UK, listening to or reading the news proved to be quite difficult, mainly because I understood neither the topics being presented nor the terminology used. However, after a few months studying Politics, I was able to follow the news without any hassle. Excitingly, every Wednesday, a few of my classmates and I would watch Prime Minister's Question Time, which is an opportunity for members of the British parliament to question the Prime Minister publicly. Seeing important politicians debating live on television is a great experience.

I’m sure that if becoming a politician or working in the political area is your interest, Bellerbys College Oxford is where you’d want to start.

History

 

History is a subject that is very closely linked to Government & Politics. In History, you will be learning a lot (but not all) about the history of the British people, including significant individuals, societies, events, developments and issues.

Many students find History to be their favourite subject as it enables them to acquire more knowledge about the past and the development of several countries. I do not study History myself, but my friends all praise it very much because it aids them in other Humanities subjects. In my personal opinion, some international students may find the learning style is very different from what they are accustomed to. For example, back in my country, History is more about important historical figures and memorising dates. This is not what studying History is like at Bellerbys Oxford. Here, you will learn how to construct an argument and to do research to support your arguments in class. History will definitely teach you a lot of academic writing skills that you will find beneficial as a Humanities student in higher-level studies (such as at university).

If you love learning about history and conducting in-depth research about historical themes, History is definitely the subject for you. History at Bellerbys College Oxford will teach you a lot about Britain, Europe and the world as a whole.

Sociology

 

Sociology is truly one of my favourite subjects. Sociology is the study of human societies in a lot of ways. There are many discussions on this subject, in which you will be able to point out the strengths and weaknesses of each sociological theory that you may come across.

Over the course of two years, I have learnt about the sociological aspects of family, education, beliefs (religions), crime and deviance, and about research methods too. All are very, very interesting. After a few months, you will know how to question everything from a different perspective, and how not to let your own opinions cloud your judgement in scientific studies. Learning all of these theories and methods may seem overwhelming at first, but it is a great journey from the beginning to the end if you love the subject.

You also do practical exercises, such as creating surveys to hand out to students from other classes to fill in. This kind of exercise will help you learn how to design research, analyse the data you’ve collected, and finally write a report to present your conclusions. For example, we made a questionnaire in which we asked Bellerbys students whether they were ‘happy’. After analysing the data, we concluded that Bellerbys students are definitely in very good moods!

In short, Bellerbys College Oxford has been and always will be the study centre you should go to when you aspire to be a student of the Arts and Humanities. It has a great reputation in teaching these subjects and students absolutely love them. I hope you’d find learning Arts and Humanities-related subjects at Bellerbys College Oxford as exciting as I did!

Ha Thuy Linh Nguyen

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