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Tennyson: Maud

In this course, Professor Seamus Perry (University of Oxford) explores Tennyson’s ‘Maud’ (1855), a narrative poem about man’s relationship with a sixteen-year old girl called Maud. As we move through the course, we think about the concepts of...

6 lectures


Prof. Seamus Perry

Oxford University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Direct Realism

In this course, Dr Laura Gow explores the theory of perception known as direct realism. In the first module, we think about why perception is so important to us, before contrasting direct realism with another popular theory of perception: indirect...

7 lectures


Dr Laura Gow

Liverpool University

Government & Politics

The Presidency of the United States

In this course, Dr Jon Herbert (University of Keele) thinks about the office of the Presidency of the United States, focusing in particular on the extent of the president’s powers. We begin in the first module by thinking about how the Founding ...

4 lectures


Dr Jon Herbert

Keele University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: The Worlds of the Iliad and Odyssey

In a special set of two lectures, Dr Elton Barker (Open University) explores the worlds of the Homeric epics, suggesting in particular that both the Iliad and the Odyssey question the use of violence as a means of conflict-resolution. In...

2 lectures


Dr Elton Barker

Open University


Classics & Ancient History


In this course, Professor Neville Morley (University of Bristol) explores Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, focusing on the key episodes in the text and thinking in particular about some of the historiographical issues that modern...

7 lectures


Prof. Neville Morley

Exeter University


Forensic Psychology – Criminality

In this course, Professor Francis Pakes (University of Portsmouth) explores key issues in criminal psychology. In the first lecture, we think about Lombroso and the notion of the ‘born criminal’. In the second lecture, we discuss genetic...

6 lectures


Prof. Francis Pakes

Portsmouth University


Russia: The Great Terror, 1936-38

In this course, Professor James Harris (University of Leeds) thinks about the Great Terror, Stalin’s campaign of political repression between 1936-38 that left more than 750,000 dead. In the first module, we think about the sources available for...

7 lectures


Prof. James Harris

Leeds University


The Tudors – Elizabeth I and the Catholic Problem, 1558-1603

In this course, Professor John Morrill (University of Cambridge) thinks about the treatment of Catholics during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603). The course begins by thinking about Elizabeth's own religious beliefs, focusing in particular at...

6 lectures


Prof. John Morrill

Cambridge University


The End of the British Empire, 1945-1968

In this course, Dr Simon Potter (University of Bristol) explores the final decades of the British Empire, from the end of the Second World War in 1945 to Britain’s withdrawal of troops “East of Suez”, announced by Harold Wilson in...

6 lectures


Dr Simon Potter

Bristol University


The Sectional Crisis in the United States, 1848-61

In this course, Dr Kevin Waite (University of Durham) explores the Sectional Crisis of 1848-61, the period of rising tensions between the free states of the American North and the slave states of the American South, which eventually led to...

7 lectures


Dr Kevin Waite

Durham University

Classics & Ancient History

Democracy and the Athenians

In this course, Prof. Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge) explores the development and operation of Athenian democracy. In the first half of the course, we outline the major landmarks in the development of development of democracy, from ...

7 lectures


Prof. Robin Osborne

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Democracy and the Athenians: Cleisthenes

In this course, Dr Tom Hooper (University of Cambridge) explores the democracy reforms of Cleisthenes in the early 6th century BC. We begin by thinking about the development of the Athenian constitution in the sixth century, including the reforms...

6 lectures


Dr Tom Hooper

Institute of Classical Studies, London

Classics & Ancient History

Tacitus: The Year of the Four Emperors (Histories 1)

In this module, Dr Chris Whitton (University of Cambridge) explores Tacitus’ Histories, Book 1. In the first module, we provide an introduction to Tacitus and the Histories at a whole, before turning in the second and third modules to the figures...

7 lectures


Prof. Christopher Whitton

Cambridge University


Forensic Psychology – Important Practices and Research

In this course, Professor David Canter (University of Liverpool) provides an introduction to the field of forensic psychology and some of the most important practices and areas of research associated with it. In the first lecture, we start with a...

9 lectures


Prof. David Canter

Liverpool University

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