Classics & Ancient History

Invention of the Barbarian – Aeschylus and Herodotus

In this course, Professor Lynette Mitchell (University of Exeter) explores the presentation of Persians and other non-Greeks (‘barbarians’) in Aeschylus’ Persians and Herodotus’ Histories. In the first module, we offer a brief history of the...

6 lectures

0:54:02

Prof. Lynette Mitchell

Exeter University

Government & Politics

US Politics – The Second Amendment and Gun Control

In this course, Dr Kevin Yuill (University of Sunderland) explores the history of gun control in the United States from the colonial period to the present day. In the first module, we think about the history of the right to bear arms in English...

5 lectures

0:44:13

Dr Kevin Yuill

Sunderland University

History

Germany – Life in East Germany, 1949-89

In this course, Dr Marcel Thomas (University of Manchester) explores life in East Germany between 1945-89 via six key questions: (1) Why was housing seen as so important to the building of a socialist society?; (2) Were women more emancipated in...

6 lectures

1:00:43

Dr Marcel Thomas

Manchester University

History

The Tudors – Elizabeth I and France, 1558-88

In this course, Dr Estelle Paranque (New College of the Humanities) explores the reign of Elizabeth I through the eyes of the French monarchy. In the first module, we think about the French perception of Elizabeth at the very beginning of her...

6 lectures

0:54:15

Dr Estelle Paranque

New College of the Humanities

History

Russia: The Development of the Soviet Politics, 1917-22

In this course, Dr Lara Douds (Northumbria University) explores the development of the Soviet system of government in the years following the October Revolution. In the first module, we introduce the rich and contested scholarship on this topic,...

5 lectures

1:09:52

Dr Lara Douds

Northumbria University

History

The Presidency of Richard Nixon, 1969-74

In this course, Dr Kevin Yuill (University of Sunderland) explores the presidency of Richard Nixon, 1969-74. In the first module, we think about the incident for which Nixon is best known and which dominated his final year in office – the...

5 lectures

0:45:56

Dr Kevin Yuill

Sunderland University

History

Britain – Healthcare, c.1900-48

In this course, Dr George Gosling (University of Wolverhampton) explores healthcare in Britain prior the establishment of the NHS in 1948. In the first module, we think about when the NHS began, looking at the importance of the Second World War...

5 lectures

0:44:01

Dr George Gosling

Wolverhampton University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Art – Vase-Painting

In this course, Professor Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge) explores vase-painting in the Greek world from the eighth century to the middle of the fifth century BC, tracing a narrative that includes each of the vases on the OCR A Level...

6 lectures

0:58:30

Prof. Robin Osborne

Cambridge University

History

Germany – The Weimar Republic, 1918-33

In this course, Professor Matthew Stibbe (Sheffield Hallam University) explores Weimar Germany through twelve key questions: (1) Was Weimar Germany doomed to fail from the start?; (2) Why did Weimar fail in the early 1930s?; (3) How much of a...

12 lectures

2:35:17

Prof. Matthew Stibbe

Sheffield Hallam University

History

The Tudors – Henry VII, 1485-1509

In this course, Dr Sean Cunningham (The National Archives) explores the reign of Henry VII through eight key questions: (1) How did Henry Tudor become king of England?; (2) Did Henry rely too heavily on his friends for support?; (3) How secure was...

8 lectures

1:12:52

Dr Sean Cunningham

The National Archives

History

China – The End of the Qing Dynasty, 1842-1911

In this course, Dr Lars Laaman (SOAS, University of London) explores the history of China between the end of the First Opium War (1839-42) to the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1911. In the first module, we think about the immediate aftermath of...

8 lectures

1:20:41

Dr Lars Laamann

SOAS, University of London

English Literature

Miller: Death of a Salesman

In this nineteen-part course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. We begin with a broad introduction to the historical, literary and cultural context, before going through the play...

19 lectures

2:54:13

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University