143 results for Classics

Classics & Ancient History

Politics of the Late Republic: Cicero

In this course, Professor Catherine Steel (University of Glasgow) explores the politics of the Late Republic through one of its central figures: Marcus Tullius Cicero. We begin by thinking about Cicero's early life and education, including his...

6 lectures

1:06:40

Prof. Catherine Steel

Glasgow University

Classics & Ancient History

Imperial Image

In this course, Dr Hannah Cornwell (University of Birmingham) explores Augustus' self-presentation and management of public opinion during his reign as Emperor. In the first module, we explore the evolution of Augustus' names, from his birth name...

5 lectures

0:44:22

Dr Hannah Cornwell

Birmingham University

English Literature

Golding: Lord of the Flies

In this course, Professor Nick Groom (University of Exeter) explores William Golding’s 1954 novel, The Lord of the Flies. We begin by thinking about the historical context for the novel, focusing in particular on the state of Britain and Europe...

9 lectures

1:18:50

Prof. Nick Groom

Exeter University

English Literature

Chaucer: Historical, Literary and Cultural Context

In this course, Professor Marion Turner (University of Oxford) explores the historical, literary and cultural context for Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. In the first module, we think about the literary and linguistic culture of 14th-century England,...

6 lectures

1:01:14

Prof. Marion Turner

Oxford University

English Literature

The Poetry and Prose of Seamus Heaney

The American poet Robert Lowell described Seamus Heaney as the greatest Irish poet since W. B. Yeats, and many noted the coincidence that Heaney was born in the year that Yeats died. A Nobel prize winner and Ireland's unofficial national...

8 lectures

1:37:33

Dr Rosie Lavan

Trinity College, Dublin

English Literature

Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus

In Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare's first tragedy, the fragmentation of sacrificed and mutilated bodies gives rise to a polyphony of dismemberment. Over the course of these six lectures, Andrew Zurcher explores how Shakespeare figures the...

6 lectures

1:23:22

Dr Andrew Zurcher

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: The Worlds of the Iliad and Odyssey

In a special set of two lectures, Dr Elton Barker (Open University) explores the worlds of the Homeric epics, suggesting in particular that both the Iliad and the Odyssey question the use of violence as a means of conflict-resolution. In...

2 lectures

0:31:24

Dr Elton Barker

Open 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

The Persian Empire, c.550-330 BC

In this course, Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (University of Cardiff) presents the Persian Empire through non-Greek sources including Persian art and architecture, sculpture and epigraphy, and parts of the Hebrew Bible. In the first module, we...

6 lectures

0:40:34

Prof. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Cardiff University

Classics & Ancient History

Politics of the Late Republic

In this course, Dr Ed Bispham (University of Oxford) explores several aspects of the politics of the Late Republic. In the first module, we think about the extent to which structural deficits within the Republican constitution were responsible for...

6 lectures

1:14:49

Dr Ed Bispham

Oxford University

Psychology

Schizophrenia

In this course, Mr Kevin Silber (University of Derby) explores different aspects of the severe mental health condition schizophrenia, including its characteristics, causes and available treatments. We begin, in module one, with considering the...

6 lectures

1:03:44

Mr Kevin Silber

Derby University

Psychology

Prejudice

In this course, Dr Juliet Wakefield (Nottingham Trent University) discusses prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination. We begin, in module one, with a definition of these three concepts, before moving on, in module two, to explore some social ...

6 lectures

0:46:02

Dr Juliet Wakefield

Nottingham Trent University

Psychology

Conformity

In this course, Mr Kevin Silber (University of Derby) discusses conformity, a type of social influence which describes changes in a person’s behaviour, thoughts and feelings in response to a group norm. We begin with a definition of the term ...

6 lectures

0:41:10

Mr Kevin Silber

Derby University

Government & Politics

Conservatism

In this course, Dr Mark Garnett (University of Lancaster) introduces the core political idea of conservatism. We begin in the first module by thinking about the origins of conservatism in Edmund Burke’s reaction to the French Revolution. In the...

4 lectures

0:37:05

Dr Mark Garnett

Lancaster University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

In this course, Professor John Lennard explores Shakespeare’s most urban comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. As we move through the course, we think about a number of issues, including: the setting of the play and its impact on the action;...

5 lectures

0:48:10

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

English Literature

Carol Ann Duffy: The World's Wife

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Carol Ann Duffy’s 1999 collection, 'The World's Wife'. After a brief introduction to the collection as a whole, the course continue with a read-through and analysis of each...

30 lectures

3:22:10

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

Psychology

Criminal Psychology

In this course, Prof. Francis Pakes (University of Portsmouth) discusses some issues in Criminal Psychology. In module one, we think about Lombroso and the notion of the ‘born criminal’ before moving on, in module two, to discuss genetic ...

6 lectures

0:41:08

Prof. Francis Pakes

Portsmouth University

English Literature

Miller: Death of a Salesman

In this course, Professor Grace Ioppolo (University of Reading) explores Arthur Miller’s masterpiece, ‘Death of a Salesman’. We begin by thinking about the historical context in which the play was written, focusing in particular on the ...

6 lectures

0:58:13

Prof. Grace Ioppolo

Reading 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

English Literature

Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four

In this course, Dr Adam Stock (York St John University) explores George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. The first four modules cover historical and literary context, including the genre of the novel, the life and career of George Orwell himself,...

11 lectures

1:53:34

Dr Adam Stock

York St John University

Psychology

Obedience

In this course, Dr Stephen Gibson (York St John University) discusses Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiments. Module one begins by introducing Milgram’s experimental procedure and the findings which resulted from his study. We then ...

5 lectures

1:00:54

Dr Stephen Gibson

York St John University

Classics & Ancient History

Invention of the Barbarian – Aeschylus and Herodotus

In this course, Professor Lynette Mitchell (University of Exeter) explores the presentation of Persians and other non-Greeks (‘barbarians’) in Aeschylus’ Persians and Herodotus’ Histories. In the first module, we offer a brief history of the...

6 lectures

0:54:02

Prof. Lynette Mitchell

Exeter University

Psychology

Eating Behaviour

In this course, Professor Jane Ogden (University of Surrey) discusses eating behaviour and its related problems. We begin by exploring why we eat what we eat, focussing on cognitive and developmental models of food preferences in module one and...

6 lectures

0:57:50

Prof. Jane Ogden

Surrey University

English Literature

Milton: Paradise Lost: Religious and Literary Background

In this course, Dr Edmund White (University of Oxford) explores the religious and literary background of Paradise Lost. This course provides an introduction to the religious culture of seventeenth-century England, and shows how this culture...

24 lectures

0:51:03

Dr Edmund White

Oxford University

Philosophy

Utilitarianism

Utilitarianism is the belief that the right action is the one that maximises happiness. The philosophy theory has its origins in the hedonism of Aristippus and Epicurus, though reached its most well-known form in the writings of Jeremy Bentham and...

5 lectures

0:47:58

Dr Claire Benn

Van Leer Jerusalem Institute