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Philosophy & Religious Studies

Nietzsche and the Death of God

In this course, Professor Ken Gemes (Birkbeck, University of London) explores the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. The course begins with the famous ‘death of God’ speech from ‘The Gay Science’, and focuses on what Nietzsche meant when he spoke...

5 lectures

0:47:28

Prof. Ken Gemes

Birkbeck College, London

Philosophy & Religious Studies

The Philosophy of Free Will

In this course, Professor Thomas Pink (King's College, London) explores the philosophical problem of free will. The course begins by thinking about what free will actually is, before going on to ask why free will is actually a problem for...

5 lectures

0:56:01

Prof. Thomas Pink

King's College London

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

History

The Westward Expansion of the United States, 1803-90

In this course, Dr Kevin Waite (University of Durham) explores the westward expansion of the United States in period 1803-90. After a broad introduction to the period in which we outline some of the factors that contributed to this westward...

7 lectures

0:54:28

Dr Kevin Waite

Durham University

History

The 1848 Revolutions

In this course, Dr Michael Rapport (University of Glasgow) explores the series of revolutions that arose in Europe in 1848-49. We begin by considering the medium- to long-term origins of the 1848 Revolutions, thinking in particular about the...

6 lectures

1:07:44

Dr Michael Rapport

Glasgow University

Classics & Ancient History

Virgil: Aeneid: Book 10

In this course, Professor Llewelyn Morgan (University of Oxford) explores Book 10 of Virgil's Aeneid. In the first module, we consider the council of gods that opens the books, a supremely impressive occasion, no doubt, but one in which precisely...

5 lectures

0:41:36

Prof. Llewelyn Morgan

Oxford University

History

Philosophy & Religious Studies

The Political Thought of Karl Marx

In this course, Professor Terrell Carver (University of Bristol) introduces the political thought of Karl Marx. In the first module, we think about the way in which Marx has been re-interpreted over the last century and make some attempt to...

6 lectures

1:05:26

Prof. Terrell Carver

Bristol University

Classics & Ancient History

Democracy and the Athenians

In this course, Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) explores compares and contrasts the democracy of Classical Athens with that of the United Kingdom in the 21st century. The course begins by considering the origins of democracy in...

6 lectures

0:48:28

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

English Literature

Conrad: Heart of Darkness

In this course, Professor Cedric Watts (University of Sussex) explores Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The course begins by looking at Conrad's life – beginning with his upbringing in the small town of Berdychiv, and following his career as...

5 lectures

0:43:47

Prof. Cedric Watts

Sussex 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

0:43:45

Dr Rosie Wyles

Kent University

English Literature

Achebe: Things Fall Apart

In this course, Professor Stephen Morton (University of Southampton) discusses Chinua Achebe's 1958 novel Things Fall Apart. The course begins by introducing the author himself and the publication on the novel, before moving on in the second...

6 lectures

0:42:08

Prof. Stephen Morton

Southampton University

English Literature

McEwan: Atonement

In this course Dr Allison Adler Kroll (PhD student, University of Oxford) explores Ian McEwan's 2001 novel, Atonement. The course begins with a discussion of the book's title – what is atonement? what is atoned for? – before moving on...

7 lectures

1:05:27

Dr Allison Adler Kroll

Oxford University

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