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Portraits of France: Pascal, Molière, Madame de Pompadour, Manet and Debussy

This course explores the glories of creativity in France from 17th century and the Napoleonic era through to the birth of modern art, using a mixture of written commentary, original texts, and audio and visual material. The characters studied include: Blaise Pascal – mathematician, scientist and philosopher; Moliere – France’s greatest comic playwright; Mme de Pompadour – royal mistress and patron of the arts (some music to be included); Queen Marie Antoinette and the paintings of... [More]

Richard III: His Life and Times

Richard III is one of the most enigmatic figures in English history. Was Shakespeare’s hunchback the real man and, if not, why was it so important to present him as evil? This course raises questions about truth, propaganda and tyranny in our own era and examines Richard in the context of the extraordinary times in which he lived, a period of enormous upheaval, uncertainty and change. Course Tutor Carole Cusack Supplied Course Material Course Booklet Units & Pricing 8 units / $88... [More]

A Short History of Russia

Is Vladimir Putin the saviour of the motherland or an evil monster bent on conquering the world? Is Russia a threat to its neighbours or are they a threat to Russia? What influence does Russia have on the world and how will that play out in the future? To consider these questions, we need to understand how the major events of Russian history remain relevant today and how they have shaped today’s Russia. Putin is a product of Russian history and Russia’s relations with its... [More]

Private Lives: Six Medieval People

The lives of six extraordinary people from the Medieval period are studied in this course, looking at their fascinating life-stories, and the times and societies in which they lived. People studied are: Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II’s tough and controversial queen; Abbot Sugar of Saint-Denis, founder of the gothic style of architecture; Peter Abeldard, the monk famed for his disastrous love affair with the beautiful nun, Heloise; Joan of Arc; Emperor Frederick II of Germany; and... [More]

The Vikings

History shows the Vikings were just as splendid as we imagine – valiant, adventurous and scholarly seafarers. This course presents an attractive and clear picture of this great era of a people who figure larger than life in our imaginations. Course Tutor Carole Cusack Supplied Course Material Course Booklet Units & Pricing 6 units / $78 per person Course Code for Enrolment D07 Getting Started 1. Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded... [More]