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

Classics & Ancient History

Catullus

In this course, Dr Llewelyn Morgan (University of Oxford) explores the poetry of the Roman poet Catullus. In particular, we think about Catullus as a poet who combined the innovative and subversive with the traditional and conservative.

4 lectures

0:41:23

Prof. Llewelyn Morgan

Oxford University

Philosophy

The Ethics of Art

In this course, Dr Sacha Golob (King’s College, London) explores the relationship between ethics and aesthetics. Must a work of art be morally good in order to qualify as ‘great’? Can morally bad works of art ever be considered great?...

8 lectures

0:42:27

Dr Sacha Golob

King's College, London

History

The Witch Craze in Britain, Europe and North America, 1500-1700

In this course, Robin Briggs (University of Oxford) explores the witch craze in Britain, Europe and North America, looking in particular at Germany, England, Salem and the Duchy of Lorraine. As we move through the course, we think about the...

6 lectures

0:58:28

Mr Robin Briggs

Oxford University

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

0:42:39

Prof. Barbara Graziosi

Durham University

History

The High Noon of Empire, 1815-1902

In this course, Dr Sascha Auerbach (University of Nottingham) explores the ‘high noon’ of the British Empire, beginning with the defeat of Napoleon in 1815, and closing with the end of the Second Boer War in 1902. As we move...

6 lectures

0:50:38

Dr Sascha Auerbach

Nottingham University

History

Philosophy

The Scottish Enlightenment

In this course, Dr Anna Plassart (Open University) explores the Scottish Enlightenment. In the first module, we think about the Enlightenment as a whole—why it happened when it did, its principle goals and central doctrines—before moving on in the...

6 lectures

0:51:58

Dr Anna Plassart

Open University

English Literature

Ford: 'Tis Pity She’s a Whore

In this course, Professor John Lennard explores John Ford’s 17th-century tragedy, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. The course begins by thinking about john Ford himself, about whom we know very little, and his literary output, before moving on to explore...

5 lectures

0:51:54

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Webster: The Duchess of Malfi

In this course, Professor John Lennard explores John Webster’s masterpiece, the Duchess of Malfi. The course begins by thinking about John Webster himself, about whom we know very little, and the historical context for the play itself. After that,...

5 lectures

0:51:25

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

The Poetry of John Keats

In this course, Dr Ross Wilson (University of Cambridge) explores the poetry of John Keats. In the first two modules, we think of Keats in terms of first reader, then writer, thinking about his engagement with both the texts of...

6 lectures

1:01:40

Dr Ross Wilson

Cambridge University