The SJC Oxford 2016: Oxford as Text

IMG_6187Join faculty and students for a spring 2016 course, HIS/PHI 280- Oxford as Text.  

Semester: Spring 2016 with travel in the first two weeks of July
Travel Dates: July 3rd through July 16th 2016

Description: This cross-listed course will explore the role that Oxford, England has played in the intellectual, literary, philosophical, and religious history of the Anglo-world. From the origins of Oxford — one of the first European universities of the 12th century — we find a tradition of philosophical reflection on self, God, the world. How does a place serve as a catalyst for philosophical reflection, religious fervor, and creative imagination? From Roger Grosseteste, John of Salisbury, John Wyclife, and the Oxford Reformers through Lewis Carroll’s Alice and C.S. Lewis’ Narnia, we uncover ideas, fantasies, life and death—all worlds emerging from a small midlands town on a tributary of the Thames.  We will explore how the microcosm of this university town has given birth to ideas with worldwide influence

We will read a wide range of texts across disciplines to explore these ideas. This course, offered in the spring, will be based online with some face to face meetings during the spring term, followed by a two week stay in Oxford for a reading and study period in the last two weeks of June. This will offer you a chance to study in the very place where scientific ideas, intellectual and religious history, philosophical puzzles, and imaginary worlds meet.   We will also have the opportunity to visit some important sites in England, including Stonehenge and, of course, London.

More information will be coming!
Dr. J. Blakeley and Dr. W. Turgeon

Excursions:
–a visit to London
–Stonehenge
–The Globe Theater
–many adventures in the city of Oxford itself!

This course is a Quest for Meaning course and counts for the Integrated area of learning community or experiential leaning.   It is suitable for any students, no prerequisites necessary but you will need to submit a letter of interest as to why you would like to be included in this learning community.

Visit this site on the history of Oxford.