Short Courses in History

History is the science concerned with finding, gathering, structuring and passing on facts about events in the past. It aims at objectively establishing a cause-effect explanation of events in a chronological, complete and truthful manner.The study of history helps us understand why the human society is the way it is today, why there are differences between societies and how people and society have evolved over time. A good understanding of the past leads to better decisions in the present and better planning for the future. Although History is regarded as a descriptive science of the past, it has great impact on the present.A student of this discipline will learn how to assess evidence of various types, how to interpret conflict in an objective, based manner and how to assess and explain past changes. This discipline of studies offers a broad perspective that offers flexibility, good analytical skills, good writing and speaking skills, capacity to identify, assess and explain trends and behaviours and great research skills. All these attributes are vital in a number of different occupations in the job market, so a graduate of history has a wide range of jobs that he or she could be fit for.

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Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations
  • Any time
  • National $ 34 per module
  • International $ 34 per module
  • Not specified

That very remoteness, and our willingness to shunt aside these great civilizations, should be reason enough to study them, according to Professor Kenneth W. Harl. And remoteness, he emphasizes, is far from the only reason that demands our attention to the ancient cultures visited in Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations.

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Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle
  • Any time
  • National $ 199 per module
  • International $ 199 per module
  • Not specified

Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle, a 36-lecture course taught by Professor Bartlett, provides you with a detailed analysis of the golden age of Athenian philosophy and the philosophical consequences that occurred when Socrates—followed first by his student Plato and then by Plato's own student Aristotle—permanently altered our approach to the most important questions humanity can pose.

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Major Transitions in Evolution Major Transitions in Evolution
  • Any time
  • National $ 214 per module
  • International $ 214 per module
  • Not specified

Major Transitions in Evolution tells this science-detective story in 24 lavishly illustrated lectures that focus on the giant leaps that gave rise to nature's boundless diversity. In a course of breathtaking scope, you study the conditions that led to the first complex cells, flying insects, flowering plants, mammals, modern humans, and many other breakthroughs. And in the process of studying the past, you gain a powerful understanding of the present world.

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English Poetry of the First World War (Online) English Poetry of the First World War (Online)
  • Jan 2016
  • Sep 2015
  • EEA £ 245 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 295 per year
  • 3 months

Some of the most powerful and moving English poetry of the modern period was written during or about the First World War. This course examines the context of that poetry and issues involved in studying it by exploring the life and writing of three major war poets: Owen, Rosenberg and Sassoon, amongst others.

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Summer school: The Romanovs and St. Petersburg Summer school: The Romanovs and St. Petersburg
  • Jun 2016
  • Aug 2016
  • EEA € 300 per module
  • Non-EEA € 300 per module
  • 7 days

Outcome (diploma or credits): Language practice in Russian. Understanding of Russian economics, politics and social life, history, culture and science. The certificate showing the number of earned 3 ECTS credits.

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The early Tudors, 1485-1558 The early Tudors, 1485-1558
  • Jan 2016
  • International £ 235 per module
  • Not specified

The Tudor dynasty, which ruled between 1485 and 1603, transformed England and monarchs such as Henry VIII are larger-than-life figures who are instantly recognizable. But where did the Tudors come from and why were they so successful? This online course will examine the first four Tudor monarchs, we will begin with Henry Tudor's victory at Bosworth, before moving on to examine the complex and often violent history of the English Reformation under Henry, Edward VI and Mary.

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Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Historic Environment Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Historic Environment
  • Feb 2016
  • Nov 2015
  • National £ 2,300 per module
  • International £ 2,300 per module
  • 24 months

The Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Historic Environment is a part-time research-based course which offers students the opportunity to undertake supervised independent study over two academic years, culminating in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words. Students choose their own research topic and the research proposal is considered when they apply. The format of the course, requiring just seven visits to Cambridge over the two-year period of the course, makes it accessible to students from across the UK and beyond.

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Berlin 1961-1989: Radical Lives in the Shadow of the Wall Berlin 1961-1989: Radical Lives in the Shadow of the Wall
  • Jan 2016
  • Jun 2016
  • Jul 2016
  • EEA € 900 per module
  • Non-EEA € 900 per module
  • Not specified

This course would be of particular interest to students of history, urban history, politics, cultural studies, literature and film, as well as Berlin, Germany, and twentieth century European history.

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How did Christianity begin? How did Christianity begin?
  • Oct 2015
  • International £ 235 per module
  • Not specified

The appearance of Christianity is one of the great events in world history but how should it be explained? This course will introduce the latest thinking by scholars in the field and is intended to help participants arrive at their own, informed, conclusions. Each unit will focus on a question key to making sense of the subject. These include: are ancient explanations of the origins of Christianity of any historical value? Did Jesus intend to found the new religion or were others, such as Paul, responsible? Why did Christianity become so popular, so quickly? What light can modern discoveries and new academic approaches contribute to our understanding?

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Age of Revolution (Online) Age of Revolution (Online)
  • Jan 2016
  • Sep 2015
  • EEA £ 245 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 295 per year
  • 3 months

Revolution was a powerful dynamic in European politics and society from 1789 to 1848. All over Europe radical citizens and reforming governments changed laws and ruling structures in a way which has created the forms of the modern European state. This course will examine this tremendous era of change.

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The War of the Roses: Power, Politics and Personalities (Online) The War of the Roses: Power, Politics and Personalities (Online)
  • Jan 2016
  • Sep 2015
  • EEA £ 245 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 295 per year
  • 3 months

The recent discovery of Richard III's remains in Leicester highlights the dynamic new research being conducted into the period known as the Wars of the Roses. This courses asks students to engage with the latest work on this exciting and tumultous period.

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Elizabeth I (Online) Elizabeth I (Online)
  • Jan 2016
  • Sep 2015
  • EEA £ 245 per year
  • Non-EEA £ 295 per year
  • 3 months

This course will examine the life and reign of Elizabeth I, from her troubled childhood to the death of the aged Virgin Queen. But what do we really know of this iconic queen? Can her reign be accounted a success?

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