The first-year English course at Oxford is mostly divided between Early Medieval English Literature and the literatures of the Victorian period and of the 20th and 21st centuries. Early Medieval English is taught throughout all three terms; the period is taught in the first term Michaelmas and the modern period in the second term Hilary. The teaching of these subjects is done by a mixture of tutorials and classes here in Balliol; and there is a complementary programme of lectures and seminars offered by the University English Faculty, and you are encouraged to take full advantage of that. You will be assessed on all this work by a number of examinations, called Prelims, which you will sit at the end of the third term Trinity , as well as by a Portfolio for Paper 1 submitted during Trinity.
While many of our incoming students have previously studied History of Art at A-level or have other Art School training, we recommend the following books in preparation for our BA programme, which stresses the importance of both historical research and critical thought. The following is a suggested reading list. A familiarity with the overall history of art is essential. Students should consult any number of 'survey' textbooks to gain this knowledge. There is no specific bible for such a task and students should read broadly and voraciously in all areas. Above all, students should familiarize themselves with the rich collections available to them in London libraries and collections. Students will also be introduced to the different critical approaches or 'methodologies' used in the discipline.
A stack of this year's freshman reads. Heather Kim for NPR hide caption. The college common reading program is usually a freshman's first, unofficial assignment. The program is a way schools try to stimulate discussion. Not every school participates in these programs, but the ones that do pick books — both fiction and nonfiction — ranging in topics from race and politics to climate change.
This is a list of suggested economics reading which will help give a better understanding of the subject. Whatever their perspective they all can add to our understanding. Separate chapters help to break down the material. Paul Krugman has been one of most prolific commentators on economics.