Humanities Tutorials

Ariel Wood, '17, French and Global Studies:

My tutorial was entitled “Gender in Colonial Algeria” and counted towards my French major. We studied gender & politics during the Algerian War from the perspective of (mostly) Algerian writers.

Selected bibliography:

Michel de Montaigne-Des Cannibales

Albert Camus- L’etranger

Azzedine Haddour- Colonial Myths

Edward Said- Culture and Imperialism

Simone de Beauvoir- La Deuxième Sexe

Frantz Fanon- Sociologie d’une Révolution

Mohammed Dib- Qui se Souvient de la Mer

Assia Djebar- Femmes d’Algers dans Leur Appartement

Elsa Kienberger, '19, English Literature and Theatre:

My tutorial was called “Gender and Sexuality in Victorian Literature” and fulfilled my Literature and Difference credit within my English Literature degree. We discussed the gender norms of the time, how they related to sexual expression, and how Victorian literature both challenged and accepted it. As a result, it dealt with topics of reputation and identity, while offering information on the historical context of the period including contemporary voices, groups, and movements that influenced the novels and poetry I read.

Selected bibliography:

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Charlotte Brontë

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

“The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Lilith by George MacDonald

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Molly Lindberg, '17, French and Global Studies:

This tutorial consisted of a survey of French poetry in the 19th and early 20th centuries and counted as FREN 202.

Selected bibliography:

François-René de Chateaubriand, René (1802)

Victor Hugo, Préface de Cromwell (1819)

Alphonse de Lamartine, Méditations poétiques (1820)

Alfred de Musset, Lorenzaccio (1834)

Gérard de Nerval, Sylvie (1853)

Interdisciplinary Programs Tutorials

Corinne Lythgoe, '19, Environmental Studies and Sociology:

My tutorial was called “Food Security” and counted as a 300 level course for my Environmental Studies major. The tutorial was an introduction to the concepts, ideas, and approaches to studying food security. I learned of the principles and sustainability of food production, the stakeholders involved in food systems and their roles in mediating food access at a range of scales from individual levels, to international levels.

Selected bibliography:

Carolan, Michael S. Reclaiming Food Security. 1st ed. London: Tayler & Francis, 2013. Print.

Cribb, Julian. The Coming Famine. 1st ed. Collingwood, Vic.: CSIRO Publishing, 2012. Print.

Maxwell, D., and Fitzpatrick, M., 2012, “The 2011 Somalia famine: Context, causes, and complications”, Global Food Security, 1:1, pp. 5-12

Prabhu Pingali, Luca Alinovi and Jacky Sutton, “Food Security in Complex Emergencies: Enhancing Food System Resilience”, Disasters, Vol. 29: Special Issue: Food Security in Complex Emergencies, June 2005, pp. 5- 24.

Laura Hillis, '17, Anthropology and Global Studies:

My tutorial was an anthropological study of global issues of development, refugees, and gender. I covered a broad range of anthropological history and analyzed its ties to colonialism. I also read some of the most influential ethnographies along with very recent studies that opened up theoretical debates. It was a great continuation of GLST 385 Global Development, and also a huge supplement to my anthropology major. It counted for an upper-level GLST development and social justice concentration course.

Selected bibliography:

Cheater, A. (ed.) The anthropology of power. Empowerment and disempowerment in changing structures. 1999. 

Escobar, A. Encountering development. The making and unmaking of the third world. 1995.

Nederveen Pieterse, J. My paradigm or yours? Alternative development, post-development, reflexive development. Development and Change 29(): 343-73. 1998

Stoler, A.L 2002. Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Warren, K. B. and S. C. Bourque (1991). Women, Technology, and International Development Ideologies: Analyzing Feminist Voices. In Gender at the Crossroads of Knowledge: Feminist Anthropology in the Post-Modern Era. M. di Leonardo ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 278-311.

Matthew Salzano, '18, Communication and Women's & Gender Studies:

My Oxford Tutorial was my first foray into properly reading gender, feminist and queer theory. I was reading texts like Gender Trouble, texts I had only previously encountered as references in lecture in context of communication theory. In this course, I was able to view it from the context of English critical theory; engaging more with the philosophical and historical lens of feminist and queer perspectives than I had previously. As we read and discussed these in the course, I was also writing analyses of television episodes and entire films. This puts me into the context of communication (Media Studies). I was able to use the theory that I was learning from reading to draw my own conclusions, which, as time went on, blended my pre-existing, disciplinary understanding of communication with a newfound interest in the more philosophical critical theory I was reading.  Each week, I followed and critiqued patterns of behavior exhibited by male-identified characters in modern U.S. film; looking to see how this exhibited and reinforced normative masculinity and how that harmed both men and women.

My tutorial counted as 490-level WMGS credit.

Selected bibliography:

Judith Butler, “Critically Queer”

Luce Irigaray, “This Sex Which Is Not One”

Luna Dolezal, “The (In)visible Body: Feminism, Phenomenology, and the Case of Cosmetic Surgery”

Michel Foucault, History of Sexuality, Vol. 1

Sophia Mahr, '18, Global Studies:

My tutorial on International Refugee Studies counted for GLST 350, an upper-division elective in my Global Studies’ Development and Social Justice concentration. This tutorial was entitled “Stepping Back and Moving Onwards: History, Refugee Studies, and Forced Migration Today”. My tutor was a PhD candidate in the Refugee Studies Centre and had a background working on the ground with refugees in Uganda. Each week, we focused on a different element of forced migration, such as International Relations Theory, the role and makeup of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), burden-sharing in the International Refugee Regime, the paradox of humanitarian action and intervention, or the contemporary refugee crises abundant around the world. Each topic had a corresponding question or set of questions to address in a 2,000 or more word essay.

Selected bibliography:

Barutciski, M. “Lessons from the Kosovo Refugee Crisis: Innovations in Protection and Burden-sharing. “Journal of Refugee Studies 14, no. 2 (2001).

Betts, Alexander and Loescher, Gil. Refugees in International Relations. WileyBlackwell, 2011.

Chimni, B.S. (2009) ‘The Birth of a ‘‘Discipline’’: From Refugee to Forced Migration Studies’. Journal of Refugee Studies 22(1): 11–29.

Gottwald, Martin. Competing in the Humanitarian Marketplace: UNHCR’s Organizational Culture and Decision-making Processes. Geneva: UNHCR, 2010.

Natural Sciences Tutorials

Brianna Celix, '19, Biology:

The topic of my tutorial was botany and counted as BIOL 350. We studied a wide array of botanical subjects including: plant life cycles, pollination, seed banks in conservation, plant derived cancer treatments, origin of agriculture, biological invasions, and plant adaptations.

Selected bibliography:

Finkel, E. “With Phenomics, Plant Scientists Hope to Shift Breeding Into Overdrive.” Science 325.5939 (2009): 380-81. Web.

Heywood, V. H. Flowering Plant Families of the World. Richmond, Surrey: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2007. Print.

Mable, Barbara K., and Sarah P. Otto. “The evolution of life cycles with haploid and diploid phases.” BioEssays 20.6 (1998): 453-62. Web.

Rout, M. E., and R. M. Callaway. “An Invasive Plant Paradox.” Science 324.5928 (2009): 734-35. Web.

Nathan Laudolff, '19, Biology:

My tutorial was called Immunology and Virology and counted for a cellular and molecular biology credit. I studied the components of the human immune system, with emphasis on the interplay between pathogens and immune cells, the recognition of self versus non-self cells, and the methodology we use to study the immune system. My readings consisted of textbook chapters and journal articles.

Rainey Aberle, '17, Geosciences and Physics:

My tutorial was titled “Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change” and counted as GEOS 107. My studies were split into two primary sections. For the first part, I worked with a tutor from the Oxford ecology department, where I focused on climate change indicators, attributions, and spent a good amount of time on biodiversity impacts and conservation policy. I culminated these weeks with a research project on Pacific Northwest salmon conservation laws and policy history. For the second section, I had the opportunity to work with a member of UKCIP, an organization that develops adaptation frameworks for businesses and communities, as well as serves as a sort of “middle man” between scientists and policymakers or the public.

My reading list consisted of ~15 scientific articles or in the later weeks, adaptation frameworks, which I would use to develop a 1000 word essay to bring to my tutorial meetings and guide discussion each week.

Social Sciences Tutorials

Emily Steelquist, '16, Biology:

My tutorial was at Nuffield college with Dr. Javier Garcia-Manglano. The tutorial was split into two halves: the first covered the historical progression toward the welfare state in the UK, and the second looked at family demographics of poor families and single mothers in the US. Most other tutorials write one essay per week; in my tutorial, I wrote about the same amount (roughly 2000 words per week) but created two larger essays over the course of the term. It covered my SOCW 190/101 credit as a SOCW 491 class, which was required for my Social Work minor.

Selected bibliography:

Himmelfarb, Gertrude. The Idea of Poverty, Faber and Faber, 1984.

McLanahan, S. (2009). “Fragile families and the reproduction of poverty”. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 621(1), 111-131.

McLanahan, S., & Garfinkel, I. (2012). “Fragile families: Debates, Facts, and Solutions”. In Marriage at the Crossroads: Law, Policy, and the Brave New World of Twenty-First-Century Families, 142.

Timmins, Nicholas. The Five Giants: A Biography of the Welfare State, Harper Collins 1995.

Micah Baits, '16, History:

My tutorial explored the subject of the acquisition of historical artifacts in British museums and the moral, political, and cultural debates that surround this, particularly in the 18th century when many of the world’s great museums were established. It counted as HIST 350, an elective for my history major.

Selected bibliography:

Harris, Jennifer. 2008. Globalisation, Post-Colonialism and Museums. International Council of Museums-ICOFOM-Study Series. 37: pp. 125-132.

Hitchens, Christopher, and Robert Browning. The Parthenon Marbles: The Case for Reunification. [New ed. London: Verso, 2008.

Miles, Margaret Melanie. Art as Plunder: The Ancient Origins of Debate about Cultural Property. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Vickers, Michael. “The Arundel and Pomfret Marbles in Oxford.” The Arundel and Pomfret Marbles in Oxford. November 1, 2007. Accessed May 2, 2015.

SOAC Tutorials

Jenny Kimura, '17, Graphic Design:

My tutorial was on Victorian book history. I specifically studied authors and illustrators such as Beatrix Potter, Arthur Rackham, Charles Dickens, Gustave Dore, Pre-Raphaelites, King Arthur, and Lewis Carroll and how they contributed to and/or clashed with Victorian culture. This counted as ARTD 491 (Independent Study), a required upper division art history course for my major. For the most part, my professor did not assign a reading list but did make suggestions each week of what to find in terms of original works. For instance, I looked at illustrations that appeared in a newspaper series from Gustave Dore (late 1800’s) in Weston Library. My professor liked to go page by page through my paper and had me read it out loud for us, and then we would discuss it. He would then assign next week’s and suggest anything he wanted me to go look up. He usually assigned a theme of each paper but was pretty flexible on direction of paper.

Selected bibliography:

Anderson, Patricia. The Printed Image and the Transformation of Popular Culture, 1790-1860.  Oxford: Clarendon Press 1991.

Hack, Daniel. The Material Interests of the Victorian Novel. Charlottesville; London: University of Virginia Press 2005.

Payne, David.  The Reenchantment of Nineteenth-Century Fiction: Dickens, Thackeray, George Eliot, and serialization. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2005.

Sillars, Stuart.  Visualisation in Popular Fiction, 1860-1960: Graphic Narratives, Fictional Images. London: Routledge 1995.

Siobhan Flanagan, '18, Theatre and History:

Over the course of the tutorial, I read several of Shakespeare’s plays and analyzed the content focusing on power, gender, prophesy, justice, and humanity among other things. The course counted as script analysis (THEA 330) which went toward my theatre requirements.

Selected bibliography:

Emma Smith, The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare (CUP, 2007)

Leah S. Marcus, Unediting the Renaissance: Shakespeare, Marlowe, Milton (1996)

Rebecca Bushnell, Tragedies of Tyrants: Political Thought and Theatre in the English Renaissance (1990)

Stephen Greenblatt, Shakespearean Negotiations (1988)

School of Business Tutorials

Oliver Johnson, '18, Individualized Major:

The name of the tutorial was Business Ethics, which counts towards a requirement for the business major. The subject matter was understanding the three primary schools of ethics (Utilitarianism, Kantianism and Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics) and how they apply to how people operate a business. For the first half of the course we went through each of these schools reading their primary texts (John Stuart Mill, Immanuel Kant, Aristotle) then in the second half we looked over case studies and applied the different schools of ethics to different business examples.