Government & Politics

The Party System in the United Kingdom

In this course, Professor Paul Webb (University of Sussex) explores the operation and dynamics of the party system – or should that be party systems? – in British politics. In the first module, we introduce the idea of a party system, exploring...

6 lectures


Prof. Paul Webb

Sussex University

Government & Politics


In this module, Dr Shelley Budgeon (University of Birmingham) explores feminism and some of the core ideas that constitute feminist thought. In the first module, we introduce some of the key concepts that are important in contemporary feminist ...

6 lectures


Dr Shelley Budgeon

Birmingham University

Government & Politics


In this course, Professor Ruth Kinna (Loughborough University) explores the idea of anarchism. In the first five modules, we introduce five key figures in anarchist thinking: Max Stirner (1806-65), Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-65), Mikhail Bakunin...

17 lectures


Prof. Ruth Kinna

Loughborough University


The Social Cure

In this course, Dr Mhairi Bowe (Nottingham Trent University), discusses the social identity approach to health, also known as the ‘social cure’. In module one, we think about the social identity approach in psychology more generally and how it...

6 lectures


Dr Mhairi Bowe

Nottingham Trent University

Government & Politics


In this course, Professor Tariq Modood (University of Bristol) explores the idea of multiculturalism. In the first module, we think about what constitutes ‘difference’ between distinct groups in a multicultural society. In the second module, we...

3 lectures


Prof. Tariq Modood

Bristol University

Government & Politics


In this course, Professor Jeremy Jennings (King’s College, London) provides an overview of Liberalism from its origins to the present day. In the first module, we provide a broad introduction to liberalism as a political philosophy, focusing in ...

7 lectures


Prof. Jeremy Jennings

King's College, London

Classics & Ancient History

The Persian Empire, c.550-330 BC

In this course, Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (University of Cardiff) presents the Persian Empire through non-Greek sources including Persian art and architecture, sculpture and epigraphy, and parts of the Hebrew Bible. In the first module, we...

6 lectures


Prof. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Cardiff University


The Cold War, 1945-1991

In this course, Dr Thomas Tunstall Allcock (University of Manchester) provides an introduction to the Cold War, 1947-91, the period of geopolitical tension between the Soviet Union and its satellite states (the Eastern Bloc) and the United States...

11 lectures


Dr Thomas Tunstall Allcock

Manchester University


The Nervous System and the Endocrine System

In this course, Mr Kevin Silber (University of Derby) discusses the functions of the nervous system and the endocrine system. We begin by looking at the role of neurons, focussing on the process of synaptic transmission in module one, different ...

5 lectures


Mr Kevin Silber

Derby University

English Literature

Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

In this course, Dr Sophie Duncan (University of Oxford) explores Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. We begin in the first module by thinking about Venice as a key setting for the play and its significance at the time Shakespeare was writing....

5 lectures


Dr Sophie Duncan

Oxford University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

In this course, Professor John Roe (University of York) explores Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. We begin in the first module by thinking about the history of the story of Romeo and Juliet and the sources that Shakespeare may have used when ...

8 lectures


Prof. John Roe

York University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

In this course, Professor Helen Smith (University of York) explores Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In the first module, we imagine a trip to the theatre in the late 16th century, thinking about the literary, historical and theatrical context of...

5 lectures


Prof. Helen Smith

York University