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Masterpieces Of World Literature And Why They Matter

Image Description Alisa Miller
10 lessons
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49m
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86%

Throughout history and around the world, certain books have made such an impact on readers that they created a permanent place in literature. Often, these books illustrate elements of humanity that resonate with people, such as class struggle or finding oneself. Other times, what the book brings is so unique or groundbreaking that it serves as an example for the next generation of literature. This course will explore ten literary masterpieces from around the world and why they have earned a measure of importance.

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Fundamentals of Economics

Image Description Dr. Michael McDonald
10 lessons
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45m
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88%

This course covers key fundamental topics in economics, which drives the world of business and affects people and nations around the globe. In just ten audio lessons, you’ll learn the basics of supply and demand, setting prices in business, Gross Domestic Product, government fiscal and monetary policy, inflation, and much more. After completion of the course, you will be equipped with enough knowledge to discuss a variety of economic issues in any setting, whether work-related or personal.

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What is Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy

Image Description Dr. Will Buckingham
10 lessons
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44m
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100%

“Philosophy” literally means “the love of wisdom.” But what is wisdom? And what can philosophy tell us about how we might be able to live more wisely? This course will introduce some of the greatest philosophers, from both the East and West, and explore the practical implications of their ideas.

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The Molecular Building Blocks of Life

Image Description Dr. Bill Thomas
10 lessons
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48m
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100%

Living things are made from a dazzlingly complex arrangement of different molecules. Surprisingly, this vast diversity is achieved by a handful of fairly simple organic molecules. While many of these molecular building blocks are familiar, their biological roles are often misunderstood. In this course, we will define terms like amino acid, carbohydrate, and DNA and explain how they form the basis for all life on earth.

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Understanding Your Brain

Image Description Betsy Herbert
10 lessons
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41m
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100%

This course will give a broad introduction to the fundamentals of neuroscience, covering just what exactly the brain is, what it’s made of, and how its individual components work together to orchestrate the astonishing range of feats we experience every day. We will begin by learning the grand anatomy of the brain, introducing each component part by part. Next, we will delve into the principles of neuronal communication, learning how information is transmitted in the form of electrical signals. We’ll then go on to explore how sensations from the outside world are experienced as perceptions...

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Women in Philosophy

Image Description Dr. Will Buckingham
10 lessons
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51m
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92%

Philosophy is about exploring the deepest questions of human life. But there is a significant problem in the history of philosophy. While women make up just over 50% of humanity, most philosophers throughout history have been men. This is beginning to change, but what happens when philosophy starts to take women’s voices seriously? This course aims to introduce some important women philosophers and to ask challenging questions about the relationships between philosophy, men, and women.

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Revolutions That Changed the World

Image Description James Wareing
10 lessons
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37m
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78%

Revolutions, so often driven from the lower levels of society, have the ability to inspire, as well as alter the course of history. Therefore, to understand revolutions and what drove the desire for change, we will look at their causes, which are numbered and varied. Revolutions have the power to defy social and political norms in a way that determines the course of a country, but that is not to say that they are all successful. While examining these ten revolutions from around the world, we will take a look at their impact and how they are viewed today.

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Why Read Homer's "Odyssey"

Image Description Robert Garland
20 lessons
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2h 37m
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100%

Homer's "Odyssey" was composed over two and a half thousand years ago. Why should we bother to read it now? Because the "Odyssey" is about such perennial issues as self-discovery, exploration, nostalgia for one's home, becoming an adult, appetite for the unknown, testing oneself to the limit, and love of family. Not the least of the reasons for reading it at this time is the fact that it empowers women. It is also a fairytale brimful with one-eyed cannibals, witches, seductresses, and princesses. Odysseus' odyssey is consistently hindered and advanced by women. Discover how this work offers...

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The Rise and Fall of Athenian Democracy

Image Description Louis Markos
15 lessons
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2h 21m
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100%

2500 years ago, the small city-state of Athens helped lead a barely-united Greece to victory against the massive, invincible forces of the invading Persian Empire. Out of that fiery crucible, a culture and an ethos arose in Athens that gave birth to the humanistic ideals on which Europe was founded and through which she prospered. In less than a century, the citizens of Athens either created or brought to perfection most of those arts and disciplines that still define our Western culture today. In this series, I shall trace the events that led to the birth and flowering of Athenian democracy,...

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The Birth of the Industrial Revolution in Britain: 1707 to 1830

Image Description Ross Maynard
12 lessons
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1h 25m
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100%

The Industrial Revolution started in Britain in the eighteenth century. A number of factors converged to create the conditions for developments in industry and science. In this course I take you through the key milestones of the early industrial revolution – in the textile industry, in coal mining and iron production, in civil engineering; in the development of steam power and the birth of the railways. The industrial revolution started in Britain; it would later spread throughout the world.

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