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US History – Early Steps in the Civil Rights Movement, 1940-60

In this course, Professor Charles M. Payne (Rutgers University) explores the early steps made in the Civil Rights Movement from 1940-60. In the first module, we explore how the Civil Rights Movement evolved in the years before the 1950s. After...

5 lectures


Prof. Charles Payne

Rutgers University


China – The Making of Modern China

In this course, Professor Kerry Brown (King’s College, London) provides a broad introduction to Chinese history from the 2nd millennium BC to the present day, with a focus on how China became the economic and political powerhouse it has done in...

6 lectures


Prof. Kerry Brown

King's College London

English Literature

Shakespeare: Henry IV, Part I

In this course, Professor John Roe (University of York) explores Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I. The course begins by introducing the tetralogy as a whole (Richard II—Henry IV, Part I—Henry IV, Part II—Henry V), before focusing on the play’s four...

6 lectures


Prof. John Roe

York University

Government & Politics

Political Ideas – Giddens and the Third Way

In this course, Dr Matt Dawson (Glasgow University) explores the political ideas of Anthony Giddens. We begin with some context on the life and works of Anthony Giddens, before moving on in the second lecture to explore the history of socialism...

6 lectures


Dr Matt Dawson

Glasgow University

English Language


In this course, Professor Bas Aarts (University College, London) provides an introduction to English grammar in context. In the first two modules, we ask the questions 'What is grammar?' and 'Why study grammar?', before turning in the third module...

7 lectures


Prof. Bas Aarts


Government & Politics


In this course, Professor Matthew Humphrey (University of Nottingham) thinks about ecologism as a political ideology by surveying five key thinkers to illustrate both the diversity of ecological thought, and its core unifying themes. We begin in...

6 lectures


Prof. Matthew Humphrey

Nottingham University

English Language

Language and Power

In this course, Professor Emma Moore (University of Sheffield) thinks about the relationship between language and power. In the first module, we think about the relationship between social class, language and power, focusing in particular on the...

6 lectures


Prof. Emma Moore

Sheffield University


China – Deng Xiaoping and the Opening of China, 1979-97

In this course, Professor Frank Ching (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) explores the development of Chinese society, politics and economics during the rule of Deng Xiaoping, sometimes referred to as the ‘Opening of China’. In the...

6 lectures


Prof. Frank Ching



US History – The Great Depression and New Deal, 1929-39

In this course, Professor David Kennedy (Stanford University) examines the Great Depression and New Deal in the United States. In the first module, we explore what America was like in 1929 before the Great Depression. After this, we examine the...

6 lectures


Prof. David Kennedy

Stanford University

English Literature

Eliot: The Mill on the Floss

In this course, Dr John Rignall (University of Warwick) explores George Eliot's 1860 novel, The Mill on the Floss. The course begins by thinking about George Eliot herself and the place of the novel in her career. In the second...

5 lectures


Dr John Rignall

Warwick University

English Literature

Shakespeare: As You Like It

In this course, Professor John Roe (University of York) explores Shakespeare's As You Like It – a play that was written in 1599, first performed in 1603, and first published in the First Folio, 1623. We begin by thinking about...

6 lectures


Prof. John Roe

York University


Britain – The Liberal Reforms, 1906-14

In this course, Professor Matthew Cole (University of Birmingham) thinks about the series of acts of social legislation passed by the Liberal government between 1906-14, known collectively as the Liberal reforms. In the first module, we think...

4 lectures


Dr Matthew Cole

Birmingham University

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