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English Language

Language and Power

In this course, Professor Lesley Jeffries (University of Huddersfield) explores some aspects of language and power. In the first module, we think about the relationship between power, ideology and language, including the concept of ideation. In...

5 lectures

0:44:59

Prof. Lesley Jeffries

Huddersfield University

English Language

Gender, Sexuality and the Media

In this course, Dr Helen Ringrow (University of Portsmouth) explores issues of gender and sexuality in media texts. In the first module, we provide a brief introduction to some of the issues we'll be discussing in the rest of the course, including...

5 lectures

0:41:53

Dr Helen Ringrow

Portsmouth University

English Language

Gesture in Communication

In this course, Dr Jack Wilson (University of Salford) explores the use of gesture in communication. In the first module, we think about the concept of multimodality, the idea that communication can involve different 'modes', e.g. linguistic,...

6 lectures

0:59:16

Dr Jack Wilson

Salford University

English Language

Grammar

In this course, Professor Bas Aarts (University College, London) provides an introduction to English grammar in context. In the first two modules, we ask the questions 'What is grammar?' and 'Why study grammar?', before turning in the third module...

7 lectures

0:35:22

Prof. Bas Aarts

UCL

English Language

Discourse Analysis

In this course, Professor Veronika Koller (Lancaster University) provides an introduction to discourse analysis. In the first module, we introduce the concept of discourse, before turning in the second module to think about the concept of critical...

6 lectures

0:53:46

Prof. Veronika Koller

Lancaster University

English Language

Creative Writing

In this course, the writer and critic Edmund Gordon (author of The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography) provides some tips and tricks for improving one's creative writing, both fiction and non-fiction. In the first module, we think about the...

5 lectures

0:35:03

Mr Edmund Gordon

King's College London

English Language

Creative Writing

In this course, the novelist Anthony Cartwright (UWE, winner of the Betty Trask Award for his 2004 novel, The Afterglow) introduces some techniques for improving creative writing, both descriptive and narrative. In the first two modules, we think...

7 lectures

1:13:25

Mr Anthony Cartwright

UWE Bristol

English Language

Analysing Language

In this course, Professor Rodney Jones (University of Reading) explores how we can analyse texts on a linguistic level, i.e. by looking at the language itself. In the first module, we think about what we mean by the word 'text', including the...

6 lectures

0:51:32

Prof. Rodney Jones

Reading University

English Language

Accent Bias

In this course, Dr Dominic Watt (University of York) explores the concept of accent bias – the idea that some accents are considered 'better' or 'more correct' than others. In the first module, we think about what we mean when we talk about...

4 lectures

0:45:21

Dr Dominic Watt

York University

English Language

Language and Power

In this course, Professor Annabelle Mooney (University of Roehampton) explores the relationship between language in power. In the first module, we explore the concept of speech acts and Jakobson's six functions of language. After that, we...

6 lectures

1:08:09

Prof. Annabelle Mooney

Roehampton University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Religious Pluralism

In this course Professor Gavin D’Costa (University of Bristol) explores religious pluralism in Christian thought. In the first module, we examine John Hick’s arguments for religious pluralism. After that, in the second module, we look at the...

4 lectures

0:39:51

Professor Gavin D'Costa

Bristol University

History

US History – The New Deal, 1932-39

In this course, Professor Eric Rauchway (UC, Davis) discusses the New Deal. We start by looking at the economic conditions of the election year of 1932. After this, we compare and contrast the beliefs and motivations of the two candidates of the...

4 lectures

0:39:42

Prof. Eric Rauchway

UC Davis

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