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Faulks: Birdsong

In this course, Dr Allison Adler Kroll (University of Oxford) explores Sebastian Faulks' 1993 novel, Birdsong. We begin by thinking about the genesis of the novel – why did Faulks want to write a story about the First World War...

11 lectures


Dr Allison Adler Kroll

Oxford University


The Wars of the Roses, c. 1450-1525

In this course, Professor Michael Hicks (University of Winchester) explores the Wars of the Roses, c. 1450 – c. 1525. In the first module, we explore the English system of government in the late Medieval period, focusing in particular on...

6 lectures


Prof. Michael Hicks

Winchester University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Theatre

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores several aspects of Greek tragedy and comedy. In the first module, we think about the contribution made by vase painting to our understanding of Greek theatre. After that ...

8 lectures


Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University


Psychopathology – Depression

In this course, Professor Linda Gask (University of Manchester) discusses the topic of depression. We begin by thinking about what depression is and how it can be diagnosed in module one. We then look at a number of different models of ...

6 lectures


Prof. Linda Gask

Manchester University

English Language

Child Language Acquisition

In this course, Professor Henriëtte Hendriks (University of Cambridge) provides an introduction to child language acquisition. In the first module, we provide an introduction to the study of language acquisition, before turning in the second...

9 lectures


Prof. Henriëtte Hendriks

Cambridge University

English Literature

The Poetry of Lord Byron

In this course, Professor Sir Drummond Bone (University of Oxford) discusses the life and poetry of Lord Byron. After a brief introduction to the man himself—once famously described as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know”—we then provide a brief...

7 lectures


Prof. Sir Drummond Bone

Oxford University


Witchcraft and Witch-Trials, c. 1450-1750

In this course, Professor Suzannah Lipscomb (University of Roehampton) explores the history of witchcraft and witch-hunting in Europe and the United States in the period 1450-1750. In the first module, we think about belief in witches and...

6 lectures


Prof. Suzannah Lipscomb

Roehampton University

Government & Politics

The Constitution of the United Kingdom

In this course, Dr Matthew Cole (University of Birmingham) explores the British constitution. In the first module, we think about the four sources of the British constitution – legislation, conventions, treaties and authoritative works – as well...

4 lectures


Dr Matthew Cole

Birmingham University


Psychopathology – OCD

In this course, Dr Emma Sharpe (University of Derby) discusses obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a mental health condition characterised by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. In module one, we think about how OCD can ...

6 lectures


Dr Emma Sharpe

Derby University


The Rise of Italian Fascism, 1911-39

In this course, Dr Hannah Malone (University of Cambridge) explores the rise of Italian Fascism, focusing in particular on five key questions: (1) How did the experience of the First World War contribute to the rise of Fascism? (2) Was...

7 lectures


Dr Hannah Malone

Cambridge University

English Literature

Satrapi: Persepolis

In this course, Dr Dominic Davies (University of Oxford) explores Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel, Persepolis. We begin by thinking about what Persepolis is and what it's about, focusing in particular on the historical events that form the...

6 lectures


Dr Dominic Davies

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Ancient Sparta

In this lecture, Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) examines the ancient city-state of Sparta. In the first module, we discuss the evidence for ancient Sparta, noting the tendency for both contemporary and later writers to...

6 lectures


Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

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