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  • The masterpieces of French opéra comique

    Listed on June 24, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    Beginning in the popular entertainments of the early 18th-century summer and winter fairs of Paris, the opéra comique soon developed into a recognisable form of operatic entertainment: a play with music reflecting the lives and ambitions of ordinary people. Soon this type of opera acquired its own theatre, and rapidly became a focal point in...

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  • Hardy: novels into film

    Listed on June 24, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    Why have films based on Hardy's novels proved so popular, and do they enrich or diminish their originals? We focus especially on Far From the Madding Crowd and Tess of the d'Urbervilles, two of his masterpieces, and consider the strengths and limitations of particular film versions, as well as the whole notion of literary adaptation.

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  • How do fossils record evolution? An exploration of the nature of the fossil record (online)

    Listed on May 30, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    This course addresses the question of how fossils record evolution through an exploration of the nature of the fossil record. From a look at the initial discovery and interpretation of fossils we will examine the emergence of their modern interpretation as the remains of once living organisms. This reveals the biased and fragmentary nature of...

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  • Psychology in context (online)

    Listed on May 30, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    This online course will introduce participants to the discipline of psychology by taking a context-based approach. Participants will be introduced to the history of psychology in the first week and will then see how various psychological approaches help our understanding of human behaviour in the following weeks. The course will introduce various fields within psychology,...

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  • The fall of the Roman Empire (online)

    Listed on May 30, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    What killed the Roman Empire in the West? Here we investigate the suspects, from crop failure to barbarian invaders, to discover what destroyed antiquity's greatest civilization. This course introduces one of the most fascinating periods in history and examines the controversies surrounding events which still affect our world today.

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  • Creative writing: an introduction to short story writing (online)

    Listed on May 30, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    The short story is often described as one of the most satisfying literary genres, both to read and to write. This course encourages students to identify how these stories 'work' by considering classic examples which, in each class, illustrate a particular aspect of short story composition. An exchange of ideas and responses between students and...

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  • Globalisation and its impact on international development (online)

    Listed on May 30, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    Globalisation has had a profound impact on the world. Technological developments and progress in communication and transport technologies have reshaped the way we interact. While globalisation encompasses a number of different aspects, in this course the focus is primarily on economic globalisation and its impact on international development. Using a number of case studies and...

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  • Modern physics for beginners: from Schrödinger’s cat to time travel

    Listed on May 21, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    Are you intrigued by quantum weirdness or the idea of faster-than-light travel? This day course will introduce you to the ideas that revolutionised physics in the 20th century, and will explore how these ideas can be applied, from understanding volcanoes to navigating with GPS systems.

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  • Jewish humour in the films of Mel Brooks and Woody Allen

    Listed on May 20, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    You think The Producers is hilarious? Or do you think: "well, talk about bad taste!". Maybe you think that Annie Hall is Woody Allen's greatest film, or Manhattan, or Zelig, or Crimes and Misdemeanors...? Very different in their comedy personae, Woody and Mel both started their professional careers writing for Sid Caesar in the 1950s...

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  • Introduction to Taoist philosophy

    Listed on May 20, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    Taoism is an ancient Chinese school of thought concerning human existence. We will examine the ideas of Taoist thinkers like Lao-tzu, Chuang-tzu, and others to see how their views about the Tao, return, no-mind, and non-activity/naturalness provide a philosophy of the human condition.

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  • Five young artists on the eve of the Great War

    Listed on May 20, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    We follow the artistic fortunes of Richard Nevinson, John Currie, Mark Gertler, Edward Wadsworth and Adrian Allinson, the five young artists portrayed in John Currie's 1912 painting 'Some Later Primitives and Madame Tisceron'. On this journey, we will encounter triumph and despair, fame and obscurity, and study some of the greatest British art of the...

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  • Urban experience, its history and its prospects

    Listed on May 20, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    Over half of the world's population now lives in towns and cities, and urbanisation is accelerating. Has 8,000 years been enough for the species to adapt to high density and low certainty? Do cities produce distinct types of community? With cases ranging from ancient Sumer and Rome to Mexico City and Hong Kong today, we...

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  • Advanced French: Monstres sacrés du cinéma français

    Listed on May 20, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    This weekend course is held entirely in French. It focuses on various topics illustrated through literature and art, often related to present cultural events, and aimed at language improvement. The texts, chosen from a wide range of classic and modern writers, will be used as a basis for discussion throughout the sessions. A variety of...

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  • A history of special education in England

    Listed on May 15, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    Idiot, defective, educationally sub-normal, handicapped – the labels put on children with special needs have changed over the last 150 years, but is it really a story of progress? You can judge for yourself as you explore behind the walls of the forgotten schools to which these forgotten children were consigned.

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  • Women of the Italian Renaissance: who were they?

    Listed on May 15, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    Have you ever seen a 'desco da parto' (birth tray)? What is it and what was it used for? And why is goddess Flora so often shown in paintings with a bare breast? For what special occasions were these things commissioned? All these objects are linked to the female sphere of Renaissance women. Through this...

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  • The Cambridge Five and the Soviet espionage offensive against Great Britain

    Listed on May 13, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    Five of the most successful spies in history, the Cambridge Five, generate both interest and controversy. The Soviet intelligence offensive against Britain, however, was much greater. This course examines why, how and where Soviet espionage took place and looks at the true nature of Soviet espionage in Britain which operated across all classes and posed...

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  • Reading Classical Greek: Advanced (verse)

    Listed on May 13, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    This weekend course is part of a series designed for those who want to learn Classical Greek. Over a series of weekends, Beginner students are introduced to the basic elements of grammar through reading passages adapted from ancient Greek authors. At Intermediate level, students move onto collections of passages selected from major Greek writers, and...

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  • Reading Classical Greek: Advanced (prose)

    Listed on May 13, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    This weekend course is part of a series designed for those who want to learn Classical Greek. Over a series of weekends, Beginner students are introduced to the basic elements of grammar through reading passages adapted from ancient Greek authors. At Intermediate level, students move onto collections of passages selected from major Greek writers, and...

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  • Reading Classical Greek: Intermediate

    Listed on May 13, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    This weekend course is part of a series designed for those who want to learn Classical Greek. Over a series of weekends, Beginner students are introduced to the basic elements of grammar through reading passages adapted from ancient Greek authors. At Intermediate level, students move onto collections of passages selected from major Greek writers, and...

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  • Reading Classical Greek: Continuing Beginners (Students who began in September 2014 – Group D)

    Listed on May 13, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    This weekend course is part of a series designed for those who want to learn Classical Greek. Over a series of weekends, Beginner students are introduced to the basic elements of grammar through reading passages adapted from ancient Greek authors. At Intermediate level, students move onto collections of passages selected from major Greek writers, and...

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  • Reading Classical Greek: Continuing Beginners (Students who began in September 2015 – Group E)

    Listed on May 13, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    This weekend course is part of a series designed for those who want to learn Classical Greek. Over a series of weekends, Beginner students are introduced to the basic elements of grammar through reading passages adapted from ancient Greek authors. At Intermediate level, students move onto collections of passages selected from major Greek writers, and...

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  • The pollinators: painting European butterflies

    Listed on May 13, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    In this course you will learn to draw and prepare a pencil drawing of a European butterfly, recording carefully the anatomical structure and pattern of the wings and then going on to complete a watercolour illustration. Practical work will be supplemented with an illustrated talk looking at the work of the great insect and butterfly...

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  • The Grand Tour

    Listed on May 13, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    The Grand Tour was an artistic and cultural phenomenon of the 18th century. This course analyses its effect upon portraiture, landscape, architecture and the art of collecting. We will also focus on the significance of Italian culture to the Englishman abroad and the impact of his patronage upon artistic development in both Italy and England.

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  • Intermediate Spanish: Barcelona, cultural capital

    Listed on May 13, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    This course provides an opportunity for total immersion in the Spanish language and Hispanic culture as well as plenty of speaking practice in a sound and supportive environment. It offers a mixture of language and culture - learning through topics such as Spanish and Latin American art, cinema, cuisine, fiestas, history, literature, etc. - thus...

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  • Flash fiction

    Listed on May 9, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    Flash fiction is the art of the very short story and is a great place for beginners to start and old hands to refine their skills. These sessions expose students to a range of styles, subjects and approaches and aim to build both confidence and expertise through writing short complete pieces of fiction. Challenging and...

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  • Writing with confidence

    Listed on May 9, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    This short series of stimulating workshops aims to take the isolation and frustration out of creative writing, and inject enthusiasm and confidence in their place. The basic nuts and bolts of good fiction will be scrutinised, with attention to constructing a satisfying plot, writing believable characters, developing a narrative voice, creating effective dialogue, building atmosphere,...

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  • Everyday ethics

    Listed on May 6, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    Do animals have moral standing? How ought we treat the environment? What ethics do we need in a consumer society? This course offers an introduction to the basic positions in normative ethics, namely virtue ethics, deontology and utilitarianism, and then looks at some ethical issues of pressing contemporary concern. It is a stimulating introduction to...

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  • IT to computer science: teaching in transition

    Listed on May 6, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    A weekend course for current teachers of IT to assist in transitioning to teaching Computer Science. This is an intensive course which is designed to help IT teachers make the leap into teaching Computer Science at GCSE and first year A-Level. A basic standard of mathematics will be required and some preparatory work will be...

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  • The American musical: Broadway to Hollywood

    Listed on May 6, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    Come and explore the history, development and genre of the American musical, from the iconic Showboat, to the Broadway and Hollywood smash hit film musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, George and Ira Gershwin, Kander and Ebb, and Sondheim, through DVD and CD recordings, group and solo singing if desired.

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  • Strong-minded women: the 19th-century women’s rights movement

    Listed on May 6, 2016 by Madingley Hall in Featured Courses

    This weekend meet some strong-minded Victorian women to discover how their life's work, in a variety of spheres, changed public attitudes towards women and their role in society, influenced government policy and paved the way for winning the vote. Using biographical material and discussion groups we shall investigate how the women's rights movement worked alongside...

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