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The Norman Conquest and the Reign of William the Conqueror, 1035-87

In this course, Professor David Bates (University of East Anglia) explores English history between 1035-87, focusing in particular on the Norman Conquest and the reign of William the Conqueror. After an introduction to the course as a whole in...

12 lectures


Prof. David Bates

University of East Anglia


African Kingdoms, c.1400-c.1800

In this course, Dr Toby Green (King's College, London) explores the history of four West African kingdoms in the period c.1400-1800. After a broad introduction to West African history as a whole and some of the ways in which it...

5 lectures


Dr Toby Green

King's College London


The French Wars of Religion, 1562-98

In this course, Professor Mark Greengrass (University of Sheffield) explores the French Wars of Religion. In the first module, we consider whether the Wars of Religion are a period or a problem, thinking in particular about the key characteristics...

6 lectures


Prof. Mark Greengrass

Sheffield University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

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


Prof. Tom Stoneham

York University

English Literature

Morrison: Beloved

In this course, Professor Gina Wisker (University of Brighton) explores Toni Morrison's 1987 novel, Beloved. We begin by providing a broad introduction to Black women's writing, focusing in particular on the works of Alice Walker, Zora Neale...

6 lectures


Prof. Gina Wisker

Brighton University

English Literature

Classics & Ancient History

Seneca and Early Modern Drama

Shakespeare’s most famous – and infamous – tragedies draw on the Roman playwright Seneca for their dramatic form and theatrical style - including ‘Hamlet’, ‘King Lear’, and ‘Titus Andronicus’. Seneca also had a huge influence on Shakespeare’s...

8 lectures


Dr Helen Slaney

Oxford 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


Dr Elton Barker

Open University

English Literature

Shakespeare: Twelfth Night

In this course, we explore several aspects of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. We begin by thinking about the play’s status as a comedy, before looking at a number of aspects of the play and its performance. In particular, we explore the...

6 lectures


Dr Sophie Duncan

Oxford University

English Literature

Austen: Pride and Prejudice

In this course, Dr Katie Halsey (University of Stirling) explores Jane Austen's 1813 novel, Pride and Prejudice. We begin by providing a broad introduction to the historical, literary, social and cultural context of the novel including the early...

5 lectures


Dr Katie Halsey

Stirling University

Classics & Ancient History


In this course, Dr Andrew Sillett (University of Oxford) provides an introduction to Cicero's life and times through six legal and political speeches, from his first speech (Pro Roscio Amerino), delivered when he was just 26, through the speeches...

6 lectures


Dr Andrew Sillett

Oxford University

English Literature

Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale

In this course, Dr Madeleine Davies (University of Reading) explores Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel, the Handmaid's Tale. We begin by thinking about some of the contexts – political, religious, literary – that are relevant when reading the novel,...

10 lectures


Dr Madeleine Davies

Reading University

Classics & Ancient History

Euripides: Medea

In this module, we explore Euripides' Medea, a tragedy in which a Medea kills her own children to get back at Jason, who has left her for another woman. The course begins by looking at the myth of Medea and...

6 lectures


Dr Lucy Jackson

King's College London

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