Philosophy

Sartre: Being and Nothingness

In this course, Ms Kate Kirkpatrick (University of Oxford) explores Jean-Paul Sartre’s ‘Being and Nothingness’, a text regarded by many as one of the greatest works of 20th-century philosophy. Having introduced Sartre himself and the historical...

8 lectures

1:08:02

Dr Kate Kirkpatrick

Oxford University

English Literature

Ford: 'Tis Pity She’s a Whore

In this course, Professor Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam) explores John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. The course begins by exploring the play’s central theme—incest—before moving on to consider the concepts of ‘heart’ and ‘blood’. After that, we...

5 lectures

0:50:26

Prof. Lisa Hopkins

Sheffield Hallam University

History

The French Wars of Religion, 1562-98

In this course, Professor Penny Roberts (University of Warwick) explores the French Wars of Religion (1562-98). The course begins by exploring the interplay of religion and politics in the period, and thinking about the extent to which the French...

6 lectures

0:32:18

Prof. Penny Roberts

Warwick University

History

The Tudors – Elizabeth I, 1558-1603

In this course, Dr Susan Doran (University of Oxford) explores the reign of Elizabeth I. In the first module, we think about the first five years of Elizabeth’s reign, the problems she faced in his period, and how well she...

6 lectures

1:07:19

Prof. Susan Doran

Oxford University

Philosophy

Schopenhauer: World as Will and Representation

In this course, Professor Chris Janaway (University of Southampton) explores the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, focusing in particular on his World as Will and Representation. After a brief introduction to Schopenhauer’s philosophy in general...

5 lectures

0:41:13

Prof. Chris Janaway

Southampton University

Philosophy

Berkeley: Principles of Human Knowledge

In this course, Professor Tom Stoneham (University of York) explores the philosophy of George Berkeley, focusing in particular on his ‘Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge’ (1710) as well as his ‘Three Dialogues Between Hylas and...

6 lectures

0:53:58

Prof. Tom Stoneham

York University

History

Charlemagne and the Carolingian Empire, 768-814

In the course, Professor Rosamond McKitterick (University of Cambridge) explores the rule of Charlemagne and the Carolingian Empire. The course begins by considering the sources available for historians of the period—including Charlemagne’s...

5 lectures

0:49:57

Prof. Rosamond McKitterick

Cambridge University

English Literature

The Poetry of Christina Rossetti

In this course, Dr Ross Wilson (University of Cambridge) explores the poetry of Christina Rossetti. Having begun with a summary of Rossetti’s critical reception, both in her own lifetime and then after her death, we then explore Rossetti’s poetry...

6 lectures

1:03:40

Dr Ross Wilson

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Herodotus: Histories

In this course, Professor Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge) explores the Histories of Herodotus. In the first module, we discuss what the Histories are actually about, before thinking about the form of the Histories—its overall structure, as...

4 lectures

0:45:57

Prof. Robin Osborne

Cambridge University

History

The Reign of Charles I, 1625-49

In this course, Dr David Smith (University of Cambridge) explores the reign of Charles I of England. The course begins by thinking about Charles’ reputation among modern historians, before considering his reign in four parts: his early life and...

5 lectures

0:46:54

Dr David Smith

Cambridge University

History

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

0:44:09

Dr David Smith

Cambridge University

History

Germany – The Weimar Republic, 1918-33

In this course, Professor Benjamin Ziemann explores the Weimar Republic, the system of government that replaced the German Empire in 1919. In the first module, we think about the beginning of the Weimar Republic, before moving on to consider...

6 lectures

1:08:23

Prof. Benjamin Ziemann

Sheffield University