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An introduction to the Plays of Ben Jonson View details

Ben Jonson (1572 - 1637) was a funny, confrontational and important playwright. He was a contemporary of Shakepseare and wrote many great classical plays. We will study three of his key plays and discuss how they work theatrically on stage. There will be class discussions, reading aloud and workshopping of key scenes. All welcome with an enthusiasm for theatre.

An Introduction to the Rise of the Atlantic Slave Trade View details

The Atlantic slave trade was different from all other forms of slavery. To explain why the course examines slavery in the ancient world and unfree labour in Africa. It will look at how the “triangular” trade developed and how society and racism developed in the Americas and how Britain and Holland came to be dominant in the trade, replacing Spain and Portugal. It will look at records left by former slaves including Olaudah Equiano, slavers and campaigners against the trade. Each week's discussion will include visual presentations.

An Introduction to the Sultan of Oman View details

Oman is a rapidly progressing country at the southern end of the Arabian peninsula which is still not widely known. The combination of cherished traditions and modern development provides a fascinating basis for study. We take a broad overview of the physical characteristics of the country and its region then focus on pre-modern Oman - the period up to 1970. Sultan Qaboos' considerable achievements in modernising his nation are then reviewed. Oman was a great colonial power in earlier times and its links with East Africa (especially Zanzibar) are fascinating. We encounter Oman’s indigenous people, the Bedu, as well as the older customs and practices that survive. We look at the development of crafts and family life in Oman; finally, at the country as a destination for tourists and expatriates.

An Introduction to World Literature View details

Want to discover some of the modern classics of world literature? We will read texts from Japan, China, the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere and look at how we might contextualise and explore the themes of works from outside the established Western literary canon. No books are required and all texts will be read in English.

Ancient Egypt: From the Black Pharoahs to Alexander View details

Discover one of the hidden histories of Egypt after the pharaohs of the New Kingdom. This course will explore the fascinating Late Period of ancient Egypt, a time which juxtaposes strength, renaissance, trade, cultural fusion and autonomy with occupation, conflict and division. The rule of Nubian Pharaoh Taharqa is followed by brief Assyrian involvement leading to Twenty-Sixth dynasty Egypt which, with high quality art and monumental tombs, should be considered one of the gems of Pharaonic history. This apogee of the Late Period is replaced by the first of two Persian occupations, the second of which is brought to an end by the shattering conquest of Alexander the Great in 332 BC.

Ancient History View details

The city of Athens is well known for having created the world's first democracy. But there was more to life in Athens than politics and more to Athenians than the adult male citizens who had exclusive access to political life. In this course you will use the ancient evidence (mostly produced by free adult males) to try to discover what life was like for all the inhabitants of Athens and its territory. Our case studies will include women, the resident foreigners known as metics and the slaves who were critically important in a society which yet placed such value on freedom. We shall also look life beyond what we would consider political, for example the religious festivals and dramas for which Athens was also famous. Was the ancient city of Athens in its democratic heyday one that feels familiar or alien, a society to be admired or not? By the end of this course, you should be in position to judge for yourselves.

Ancient History: The Glory that was Greece View details

During the term, you will learn about the archaeological and historical evidence for Classical Greece from 356 – 323 BC with particular stress on the rise of the Macedonian hegemony. We will examine the rise to prominence of King Philip, and in particular give a close and detailed consideration of Phillip's career, paying careful attention to the major means by which he was able to secure and dominate the other Greek states. We will go on to look at the ambitions and designs of other major Greek states during the period, both those acting as rivals to Macedon but also the circumstances prevailing in Greater Greece and especially Syracuse and the later carer of Timoleon. We will then look at the circumstances of Philip's downfall and conclude with a detailed analysis of the career of Alexander III, looking carefully at the reasons for his victories and the extent of his conquests, as well as the on-going ambitions of the Greek cities during the same period.

Anglo Saxon England View details

In 600 the mission to convert the English had just begun and was complete by 700 The prosperity of the 8th century was dented in the 9th by the Viking raids until only Alfred's Kingdom of Wessex held out Then under his children and grandchildren the move to create a united England began to take shape This course examines the changes within society in these important years

Animation View details

Animation workshops are a fantastic way to engage, empower, educate and inspire people of all ages and abilities and allow you to creatively express your ideas while learning many invaluable skills. A great opportunity to learn everything you need to know about making an animation using traditional techniques. The workshops are unique as they aim to de-mystify the animation process and a supportive environment is offered where you can develop and explore ideas and be inspired to animate. On this new workshop you will develop three methods of early animation. With the help and guidance of your tutor you will develop ideas, characters and stories and transform them into moving images through animation techniques of thaumatropes, flipbooks, also building and creating an animation for your very own zoetrope.

'Anniversaries' View details

Anniversaries have powerful emotional meaning across cultures and and are now used to significant extent as a tool in the marketing of literature. The course will explore ways in which poets and novelists have used this theme and analyse its impact. We shall also identify how the publishing industry uses the births and deaths of writers to enhance sales and the impact of this on our reading choices.