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Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

What does Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus tell us about the author and the time at which the play was written? This free course, Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus, will help you to discover the intricacies of the play and recognise how a knowledge of the historical and political background of the time can lead to a very different ...

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15 hrs
Composition and improvisation in cross-cultural perspective free course icon level 3: advanced icon

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Composition and improvisation in cross-cultural perspective

Improvisation and composition are words frequently used in the western world to describe the creation of music. But are they really two distinct processes, or are they aspects of the same phenomenon? In this free course, Composition and improvisation in cross-cultural perspective, we will explore the relationship between the two using examples ...

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20 hrs
Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective free course icon level 3: advanced icon

History & The Arts

Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective

Music is created to be performed, in most cases for an audience, whether in a concert hall, at a street fair or through a radio. But how those listeners receive a piece or style of music influences future music production. This free course, Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective, explores how audience reception, changing social ...

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15 hrs
Minds and mental phenomena: an introduction free course icon level 3: advanced icon

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Minds and mental phenomena: an introduction

This free course, Minds and mental phenomena: an introduction, examines the philosophical questions surrounding the mind. You will examine how beliefs have changed over the centuries and be able to contrast the views of Descartes with more modern ideas.

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20 hrs
Emotion: an introductory picture free course icon level 3: advanced icon

History & The Arts

Emotion: an introductory picture

What is emotion? This free course, Emotion: an introductory picture, takes a philosophical approach to this question in an attempt to understand why people respond to events in a certain way. Is there a difference between an emotion and a bodily feeling or is one a consequence of the other?

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20 hrs
Language and thought: introducing representation free course icon level 3: advanced icon

History & The Arts

Language and thought: introducing representation

How does what you say come to mean something? Does what you say inherently represent what you, the speaker, think it means, whatever that might be, or does what you say carry its own meaning, separate from your intentions in saying it? This free course, Language and thought: introducing representation, introduces you to the key questions about ...

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20 hrs
Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy free course icon level 3: advanced icon

History & The Arts

Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy

What is imagination and can philosophy define it in any meaningful way? This free course, Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy, will introduce you to some of the possible answers to these questions and will examine why philosophy has sometimes found it difficult to approach imagination. It will then go on to examine the relationship ...

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20 hrs
Introducing consciousness free course icon level 3: advanced icon

History & The Arts

Introducing consciousness

What is consciousness? How does the brain generate consciousness and how can a science of the mind describe and explain it adequately? This free course, Introducing consciousness, will introduce you to the slippery phenomenon that is consciousness, as well as some of the difficulties consciousness presents to science and philosophy.

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20 hrs
The Roman Empire: introducing some key terms free course icon level 3: advanced icon

History & The Arts

The Roman Empire: introducing some key terms

This free course, The Roman Empire: Introducing some key terms, will define basic concepts and terms that are essential for an understanding of the culture and identity of the Roman Empire. Terms such as 'Roman Empire' and 'imperium' will be introduced in the context of the formation and expansion of the empire, and the course will provide you ...

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14 hrs
Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga free course icon level 3: advanced icon

History & The Arts

Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga

From Rome to Pompeii and Ephesus the excavation of Roman remains is well known, but what of Roman remains in Africa? This free course, Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga, looks at the Roman city of Thugga and examines the influence that Roman architecture and art had on Africa and its people.

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14 hrs
The repute and reality of being a Roman emperor free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

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The repute and reality of being a Roman emperor

The Roman emperor had key relationships with several differing groups within the Roman empire, including the senate, the populace of Rome, the army and the provinces. This free course, The repute and reality of being a Roman emperor, will focus on exploring the emperor's relationship with the provinces and will show you how this relationship was...

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15 hrs
Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground free course icon level 3: advanced icon

History & The Arts

Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground

This free course, Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground, introduces 'voice-leading' or 'Schenkerian' analysis, perhaps the most widely used and discussed method of analysing tonal music. In this course, this method is explained through the analysis of piano sonatas by Mozart. The course is the first in the AA314 series of three ...

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20 hrs