English Literature

Faulks: Birdsong

In this course, Dr Allison Adler Kroll (University of Oxford) explores Sebastian Faulks' 1993 novel, Birdsong. We begin by thinking about the genesis of the novel – why did Faulks want to write a story about the First World War...

11 lectures

1:37:37

Dr Allison Adler Kroll

Oxford University

English Literature

Marlowe: Edward II

In this course, Professor Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University) explores Christopher Marlowe's final play, Edward II. We begin by thinking about the theme of homosexuality in the play, arguing that while the relationship between Edward and...

5 lectures

0:49:19

Prof. Lisa Hopkins

Sheffield Hallam University

English Literature

Austen: Pride and Prejudice

In this course, Dr Katie Halsey (University of Stirling) explores Jane Austen's 1813 novel, Pride and Prejudice. We begin by providing a broad introduction to the historical, literary, social and cultural context of the novel including the early...

5 lectures

0:59:35

Dr Katie Halsey

Stirling University

Classics & Ancient History

Virgil: Aeneid

In this course, Professor Llewelyn Morgan (University of Oxford) explores Virgil's Aeneid. In the first module, we think about the theme of the city in the poem, focusing in particular on the centrality of the city of Carthage, the use...

6 lectures

1:08:54

Prof. Llewelyn Morgan

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Democracy and the Athenians: 5th Century

In this course, Professor Edward Harris (University of Durham) explores the development and operation of Athenian democracy in the fifth century BC. In the first module, we think about the kind of society that existed in Attica in the sixth...

6 lectures

1:21:47

Prof. Edward Harris

Durham University

History

The Decline and Fall of the Mughal Empire, 1658-1739

In this course, Dr Nandini Chatterjee explores the decline and fall of the Mughal Empire, from the reign of Aurangzeb (1658-1707) to the disintegration of the Empire after his death. We begin by thinking about the reign of Aurangzeb, looking...

5 lectures

0:54:11

Dr Nandini Chatterjee

Exeter University

Philosophy

Classics & Ancient History

Plato: Symposium

In this course, Dr Frisbee Sheffield (University of Cambridge) explores Plato's Symposium. We begin by providing a broad introduction to the Symposium, including the historical, social, cultural and philosophical context. After that, we go through...

5 lectures

0:45:09

Dr Frisbee Sheffield

Cambridge University

History

African Kingdoms, c.1400-c.1800

In this course, Dr Toby Green (King's College, London) explores the history of four West African kingdoms in the period c.1400-1800. After a broad introduction to West African history as a whole and some of the ways in which it...

5 lectures

0:47:03

Dr Toby Green

King's College, London

Philosophy

Classics & Ancient History

Plato: Phaedo

In this course, Professor David Sedley (University of Cambridge) explores Plato's Phaedo, in which several arguments are made for the immortality of the soul. We begin by providing a broad introduction to the dialogue, focusing in particular on...

12 lectures

1:19:18

Prof. David Sedley

Cambridge University

English Literature

Hemingway: A Farewell to Arms

In this course, Professor Peter Messent explores Ernest Hemingway's 1929 novel, A Farewell to Arms. We begin in the first module by thinking about the way Hemingway reacts in his language to the sensationalism and empty sloganeering of Allied...

5 lectures

0:56:30

Prof. Peter Messent

Nottingham University

History

The Norman Conquest and the Reign of William the Conqueror, 1035-87

In this course, Professor David Bates (University of East Anglia) explores English history between 1035-87, focusing in particular on the Norman Conquest and the reign of William the Conqueror. After an introduction to the course as a whole in...

12 lectures

2:00:34

Prof. David Bates

University of East Anglia

History

The Reign of Henry VI, 1422-61

In this course, Dr James Ross (University of Winchester) explores the reign of Henry VI of England (1422-61). We begin by thinking about Henry's birth, his upbringing, and the legacy he inherited from his illustrious father, Henry V. After that,...

6 lectures

1:02:34

Dr James Ross

Winchester University