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Stan Rosenberg

Stan Rosenberg, PhD

Executive Director
Elizabeth Baigent

Elizabeth Baigent, DPhil

Senior Tutor and Academic Director
Kathryn Goetz

Kathryn Goetz, MA

Senior Academic Administrator
Simon Lancaster

Simon Lancaster, MSc

Associate Director
Jonathan Kirkpatrick, DPhil

Jonathan Kirkpatrick, PhD

Lecturer and Director of Studies in Classics and the History of Art
Paulina King

Paulina King Bravo, MBA

Finance Manager
Kirsten Mackerras

Kirsten Mackerras, MA

Junior Dean, North Wing, Wycliffe Hall

Sarah Coogan

Student Affairs and Programmes Coordinator

Tutorial seminars are at the core of the SCIO Online from Oxford. All tutorial seminars are synchronous, so you can discuss and debate live with like-minded peers from around the globe, and experience the tutorials for which Oxford is famous — one-on-one meetings with tutors (faculty). Subjects include literature, theology, philosophy, science and religion, psychology, and more.

Each tutorial seminar consists of three discussion classes, four gobbets classes, and two tutorials (gobbet is Oxford’s word for a small mouthful of text for close reading or translation and then discussion).  Students will also have the opportunity to present their research to the group.

Below you will find detailed syllabuses and reading lists so that, once your tutorial seminar allocation has been confirmed, you will be able to start some preparatory reading.

Tutorial seminar discussion classes are meetings of one hour with the seminar leader and fewer than 12 students. For each discussion class students read all or parts of assigned texts and then discuss them.

Gobbets classes are 45 minute meetings with your tutor and a small group of up to four students where you discuss texts in more detail. No written work is required for either the discussion or the gobbets classes.

Tutorials are individual meetings of one hour between the seminar leader and each of the seminar participants. In preparation for each tutorial the student reads assigned texts and writes an essay of 2,000 words (3,000 words in the case of graduate students) in response to a question set by the seminar leader.

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SCIO Online from Oxford is an interdisciplinary programme that gives no preference to students in any particular field of study. However, a good academic record is necessary: generally a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale is required, though in the case of non-traditional students this may be reviewed (note this GPA requirement differs from that of the Oxford Semester Programme), and we may accept any exceptional student we believes can meet the rigorous demands of the programme.

All active learners must be willing and able to participate fully in academic discussions, and complete reading, preparation, and writing assignments outside class time. Independent/non-traditional students with a college/university background and willing to write are also welcome and will receive a certificate of completion.

How Do I Apply?

Simply complete the SCIO Online from Oxford Application for the term during which you plan to participate. Each campus makes its own policies regarding online coursework, so you should consult your academic dean and/or advising faculty member at your school to ensure completion of all campus requirements.

Before your application can be reviewed for admission, you must submit all of the following materials:

  • A completed application form 
  • One faculty recommendation
  • Transcript(s) of all college course work (unofficial transcripts are sufficient)
  • Certification Form

Term Dates:

Rolling Admissions

January Term Jan 7 – Feb 5, 2021
Spring Term Jan 21 – Apr 23, 2021

HOW MUCH DO I PAY?

Tutorial seminars are $1,650 per seminar ($550 per credit hour)

Available Scholarships*:

  • Select two tutorial seminars and receive a $150 multi-seminar scholarship
  • SCIO alum receive a $150 discount
  • Apply for the January Term by 14 December and receive a $150 scholarship
  • Apply for the Spring Term by 1 January and receive a $150 scholarship

*Applicants can receive a maximum of two discounts/scholarships for a maximum of $300

Note: Schools or individuals who pay with a credit card will also be charged a credit card service fee.

HOW DOES BILLING WORK FOR SCIO ONLINE FROM OXFORD PARTICIPATION?

SCIO Online from Oxford is an extension campus of each member institution of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU); each school grants the academic credit for program participation.

As SCIO Online from Oxford billing often differs from semester billing, it’s possible your home campus will require that CCCU GlobalEd bill you directly. In direct-bill situations, please refer to our General Policies for payment deadlines. For students paying through your home campus, CCCU GlobalEd invoices campuses for the programme fees and in turn campuses bill their students following the campus’s established policies and procedures. 

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Stan Rosenberg

BA (Colorado State University), MA, PhD (Catholic University of America), FISSR

Stan Rosenberg is the founding director of Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO), the U.K. subsidiary of the CCCU. He is also an academic member of Wycliffe Hall, on the faculty of theology and religion at the University of Oxford, and a fellow of the International Society of Science & Religion. He has published on Augustine’s thought, early Christianity and Greco-Roman science, and ancient preaching and popular religion. Rosenberg is on the editorial board of the journal Religions, and on advisory councils for BioLogos and the Museum of the Bible. He has overseen numerous science and religion projects for faculty, funded by major granting bodies, and directs the Logos program on biblical manuscripts, texts, and reception. Recently, he co-organized a funded project that led to his edited book, Finding Ourselves after Darwin: Conversations on the Image of God, Original Sin, and the Problem of Evil

Elizabeth Baigent

MA (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), PGDipLATHE (Oxon), FSA, FRHistS, FRGS, FHEA

Dr Baigent is the university reader in the history of geography.  She was educated at the universities of Oxford and Münster.  She has held research fellowships at the universities of Oxford and Stockholm and a visiting professorship at Johns Hopkins University, with funding from bodies such as the British Academy and the Fulbright Commission.  From 1993 to 2003 she was research director of the Oxford dictionary of national biography, and research lecturer in the history faculty.  She has 550 scholarly publications, including a (co-authored) book which won an international prize.  She is fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Geographical Society, and the Higher Education Academy. 

Kathryn Goetz

BA (Hope College), MA (Georgetown University)

Kathryn studied German and philosophy at Hope College and completed a master’s at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. After studying and working in Germany for three years, she served as director of two not-for-profit organizations in Washington, D.C.: the Buxton Initiative (interfaith dialogue) and PathNorth (leadership development). Prior to joining SCIO, she worked in international affairs for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which oversees the audits of public companies in order to protect the interests of investors.

Simon Lancaster

BMus (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) GradDipMus. (ANU Canberra), Cert Christian Counselling (CWR), MSc (Oxon)

Simon has worked as a historical researcher and contributor for some of the most prestigious presses in the world, and was an academic member of the modern history faculty at Oxford University, working as the chief bibliographic editor for the Oxford dictionary of national biography. He is one of the authors for the New Hart’s rules, Oxford University Press’s official style guide, and probably knows as much about style and bibliography as anyone in Oxford. His MSc dissertation in English Local History was awarded the Critchley prize by Kellogg College in Oxford, and he is now working towards his DPhil. He has been a member of the Christian Counselling Association and is trained as a professional Christian counsellor.

Jonathan Kirkpatrick

BA (Oxon), MSt (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

Dr Kirkpatrick graduated BA in classics, MSt in oriental studies, and DPhil in classics from Oxford, and his research interests currently centre on pagan religious cults in Roman Palestine. From 2004 to 2006 he was departmental lecturer in Jewish Studies at the University. He is writing a book on C.S. Lewis’s connection with the classics, and co-ordinates SCIO’s activities with the Green Scholars’ Initiative.

Paulina King

BA (Universidad San Francisco de Quito), MBA (INCAE), CGMA

Paulina studied business and administration at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador and completed her MBA in economics and sustainable development at INCAE in Costa Rica, in connection with which she was an exchange student in Leipzig, Germany. After having lived and worked in different countries in Latin America, she moved to England where she has been involved with sustainability projects, volunteering for MNDA, and teaching vocational qualifications at an independent college in Oxford. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and honorary treasurer of her son’s primary school.

Kirsten MacKerras

BTh (Brisbane School of Theology), MA (Macquarie University)

Following her undergraduate degree in biblical studies, Kirsten read for a master’s in ancient history, with a thesis on Irenaeus. Her studies have focused on the interaction between religion and politics in the ancient world, and the context and content of early Christianity. Kirsten is currently completing a DPhil in patristics in Oxford’s Faculty of Theology and Religion, where she is exploring how the church father Lactantius uses Roman ethical ideas to argue against the persecution of Christians.

Sarah Coogan

BA (Wheaton), MA (Wheaton, IL), PhD (Notre Dame)

Dr Coogan graduated BA in English and philosophy from Wheaton, IL and MA and PhD in English from the University of Notre Dame. Her research explores global Modernist poetry, focusing on twentieth-century responses to the cultural past. She has published in Religion and Literature (2017), New Hibernia Review (2017), and in David Jones: A Christian Modernist? ed. Erik Tonning et al. (2017). She is Advising Editor of Religion and Literature.

Contemporary British Culture: History, Politics, and Society

Dr. Elizabeth Baigent

Britain in the twenty-first century is a country looking for an identity.  Having left the European Union in January 2020 Britain needs to find new policies at home and a new role abroad.  Having ‘regained our national sovereignty’, as Brexit supporters put it, Britons now need to decide how to make use of that sovereignty.  Covid-19 has forced further reappraisal of what matters to Britons:  should the country return as soon as possible to how things were before, or is this a singular opportunity to reimagine polity and society, giving priority to the things which lockdown showed us were valuable?

This course takes a succession of British tropes to probe what they tell us about contemporary Britain and how they shape discussions of the nation’s future.  What, for example, does the Union Jack (strictly speaking the Union flag) reveal about the constituent parts of the United Kingdom and their relationship with the whole? What does the British cup of tea tell us about the nation’s role in global trade and colonisation?  What does the queen tell us about Britain’s version of democracy?  What can we learn from the James Bond novels and films about Britain’s fear of international decline and its sense of superiority?  In what way are soccer, cricket, and Wimbledon windows on to British class, ethnic, and regional cultures?  What does Britain’s ‘green and pleasant land’ reveal about conservation, rural life, and leisure in Britain?  What does Westminster Abbey, the national pantheon, reveal about Britons’ relationship to the past?   What does a country church tell us about religion in Britain?  Why on earth do Britons talk about the weather all the time?  What does the BBC reveal about the English language, Britain’s role in the world, free speech, and British values?  What does the Channel Tunnel tell us about Britain’s relationship to Europe?

With these and other tropes we explore Britain and its inhabitants, searching for explanation rooted in the past, and considering what the nation might look like in the future.

Oxford and the Pursuit of Beauty: Art and Criticism in the Nineteenth Century

Dr. Jonathan Kirkpatrick

Two of the greatest Victorian art theorists, John Ruskin and Walter Pater, studied and taught at Oxford, and their influence both in the city and further afield was immense. While Ruskin sought to link the visual arts to a serious moral vision of society, based in his evangelical upbringing, Pater preached the gospel of Aestheticism, pursuing beauty as an end in itself and advocating art for art’s sake. Their writings are theoretically challenging and controversial, as well as being masterpieces of prose, and we will examine their ideas and put them in their wider context.

We will examine the influence of these ideas as well. Ruskin’s love of medieval society and gothic architecture influenced buildings and painting in Oxford, where the battle between the classical and gothic styles was seriously and bitterly pursued. His ideas spurred revolutionary young painters: the original PreRaphaelites; and subsequently William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, both undergraduates at Oxford, whose work laid down the foundations of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Walter Pater’s elevation of beauty made him a pariah in conservative Oxford, but his shocking ideas enraptured young people looking to break free from stuffy social expectations. Oscar Wilde, another Oxford undergraduate, was captured by his spell, and worked out his philosophy in masterpieces of creative literature.

We will study at the buildings in Oxford whose design reflects competing ideologies about art: the Martyrs’ Memorial, the Ashmolean Museum, the University Museum, and Keble College, among others. We will examine the artists who worked in Oxford, from professionals such as Dante Gabriel Rosetti to amateurs such as the passionate photographer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (otherwise known as Lewis Carroll). We will also consider patrons, such as Thomas Combe, printer to the university, whose love of PreRaphaelite art combined with his commitment to the High Church and whose prize painting, Holman Hunt’s “Light of the World”, hangs today in Keble Chapel.

In this seminar we will look at revolutionary texts about the place of visual art in society: texts which propose opposing views about what is valuable in art and which still have an impact on the way we look at art today. We will also look at the art that inspired and was inspired by these writings, aiming to enjoy it, understand it, and place it in its historical context.