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Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. In the first three lectures, we provide a broad introduction to the play, thinking about the life and career of Oscar Wilde, as...

15 lectures


Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

In this course, Dr Marion Turner (University of Oxford) provides an introduction to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The course begins with a discussion of the opening lines of the General Prologue, before going on to discuss Chaucer himself, the...

6 lectures


Prof. Marion Turner

University of Oxford

English Literature

Dystopian Literature

In this course, Professor Nicole Pohl (Oxford Brookes University) provides an introduction to and overview of dystopian literature. In the first module, we introduce the concepts of 'utopia' and 'dystopia' themselves, as well as the idea of...

7 lectures


Prof. Nicole Pohl

Oxford Brookes University


Russia: The Revolution of 1905

In this course, Dr Jonathan Smele (Queen Mary, University of London) explores the (so-called) Revolution of 1905. We begin in the first module by considering whether this was a revolution at all and – if so – whether we should see events as being ...

5 lectures


Dr Jonathan Smele


English Literature

Victorian Literature and Darwin's Origin of Species

In this course, Dr Will Abberley (University of Oxford) explores the influence of Charles Darwin's 'Origin of Species' on contemporary works of Victorian literature: 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens, 'The Coming Race' by Edward...

4 lectures


Dr Will Abberley

University of Oxford

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Religion: Polis Religion

In this course, Professor Esther Eidinow (University of Bristol) thinks about Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood’s theory of ‘polis religion’ as a means of understanding Greek religious practice. We begin in the first module by thinking about some of the...

5 lectures


Prof. Esther Eidinow

Bristol University


World War I: Causes and Origins, 1815-1914

In this course, Dr Sascha Auerbach (University of Nottingham) explores the causes and origins of the First World War. The course begins with a broad overview of Europe in the nineteenth century, as Europe moved from co-operation in the first...

6 lectures


Dr Sascha Auerbach

Nottingham University

Classics & Ancient History

Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus

In this course, Dr Rosie Wyles (University of Kent) explores Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus. In the first module, we think about where Sophocles chooses to start the story and how it proceeds, compared to other versions of the myth. After that,...

5 lectures


Dr Rosie Wyles

Kent University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Philosophy of Religion: The Existence of God

In this course, Professor John Cottingham (University of Reading) explores some of the classic arguments for the existence of God – and their criticisms. In the first module, we think about some of the Classical antecedents to later Christian...

4 lectures


Prof. John Cottingham

Reading University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Religion: Mystery Cult

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores the Greek institution of mystery cults, focusing in particular on the Eleusinian and Dionysian Mysteries. In the first module, we think about what a mystery cult actually...

5 lectures


Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University


The Reign of James I, 1567-1625

In this course, Dr David Smith (University of Cambridge) explores the reign of James I of England (also James VI of Scotland). The course begins by thinking about James’ reputation among modern historians, before considering his reign in four...

5 lectures


Dr David Smith

University of Cambridge

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: Iliad

In this course, Professor Barbara Graziosi (Durham University) explores Homer’s Iliad. In the first module, we focus on the so-called ‘Homeric Question’, focusing on how and when the poem was composed, who composed it, as well as what it was...

5 lectures


Prof. Barbara Graziosi

Durham University

Government & Politics


In this course, Professor Jeremy Jennings (King’s College London) thinks about the history of socialism from its origins to the present day. We begin in the first module with the French Revolution which set the European precedent for political...

5 lectures


Prof. Jeremy Jennings

King's College London

Classics & Ancient History

Politics of the Late Republic: Cicero

In this course, Professor Catherine Steel (University of Glasgow) explores the politics of the Late Republic through one of its central figures: Marcus Tullius Cicero. We begin by thinking about Cicero's early life and education, including his...

6 lectures


Prof. Catherine Steel

Glasgow University

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