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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

 

A return to in-person teaching in 2022

This summer we will be offering over 100 one-week courses across 4 weeks (11 July - 6 August 2022), allowing you to combine courses from a wide range of subject areas in the fields of Arts and Humanities, Sciences, Business Studies and Global Studies. You can opt to study for one, two, three or four weeks.  

Each week you select a morning and an afternoon course, daily sessions run from Monday to Friday. Your weekly courses are complemented by a series of two daily plenary lectures, exploring new ideas in a wide range of disciplines. To add to your experience, we are also planning additional evening talks and events. See below the list of courses, short descriptions will be available in the coming weeks and we hope to open applications by the end of January.  

Week 1: 10 - 16 July

Morning Course (Am): 9.00-10.30

Afternoon Course (Pm): 1.45-3.15 

Am1: An introduction to genetics - Dr Tom Monie Pm1: The psychology of adolescence: brain and behaviour - Dr Saz Ahmed 
Am2: An introduction to social psychology - Dr John Lawson Pm2: Small worlds: an introduction to microbiology - Dr Martin Welch
Am3: Materials and our environment: striving for sustainability - Dr Darshil Shah Pm3: The psychology and neuroeconomics of decision making - Dr Gabriel Chierchia
Am4: Tears and laughter: Samuel Beckett and Irish comic fiction - Dr Andy Wimbush Pm4: Contemporary fiction and the return of Modernism - Dr Andy Wimbush
Am5: Wordsworth and Coleridge: nature and society - Simon Browne Pm5: Dangerous books for girls? Fairy tales past and present - Dr Jenny Bavidge
Am6: Spies and assassins in fiction through the ages - Dr Erica Wickerson  Pm6: An introduction to the Bloomsbury group - Dr Claire Nicholson
Am7: Europe: the age of empires, 1848-1914 - Dr Seán Lang Pm7: Imperial transformations: the Ottoman Empire, 1575-1789 - Dr Michael Talbot
Am8: Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution - Dr David Smith Pm8: From famine to revolution: Ireland from 1845 - Dr Niamh Gallagher
Am9: Greek and Roman epic heroes: Odysseus and Aeneas - Dr Charlie Weiss Pm9: An introduction to Aeschylus, father of Greek tragedy - Dr Charlie Weiss
Am10: Popular culture in Ancient Rome - Dr Jerry Toner Pm10: Rome and China - Dr Nicholas James
Am11: An introduction to international business - Dr Sooter Nomhwange Pm11: Building back better: economic responses to 21st-century crises - Max Beber
Am12: British politics and political thought, 1600-1800 - Dr Graham McCann Pm12: Africa: power and conflict in the digital era - Jenny Thornton
Am13: British politics: inside the ‘black box’ - Dr Carina O'Reilly Pm13: British politics: themes and challenges - Dr Carina O'Reilly

Week 2: 17 - 23 July

Morning Course (Am): 9.00-10.30

Afternoon Course (Pm): 1.45-3.15 

Am14: Nanotherapeutics - how nanobiotechnology is revolutionising healthcare - Dr Iris Batalha Pm14: Immunology and infection: a beginner’s guide - Dr Tom Monie
Am15: From micro to macro: understanding our planet - Dr Morag Hunter Pm15: Earth’s climate history: forcings and feedbacks - Dr Morag Hunter
Am16: Exciting cells: an introduction to neurobiology - Dr Matthew Mason Pm16: An introduction to animal behaviour - Dr Paul Elliott
Am17: Style, text and context in James Joyce's Dubliners - Dr Mark Sutton Pm17: 21st-century tales: the short story now - Dr Jenny Bavidge
Am18: Jane Austen and Lord Byron: Sense and Sensibility, Childe Harold and Don Juan - Simon Browne Pm18: Virginia Woolf in the 1930s: The Years and Three Guineas - Dr Claire Nicholson
Am19: Writing non-fiction: Lives - past and present - Derek Niemann (only with Pm19) Pm19: Writing non-fiction: Lives - past and present - Derek Niemann (only with Am19)
Am20: Philosophy of mind: approaches to consciousness - Dr Jon Phelan Pm20: Philosophy of literature: cognitive and moral value - Dr Jon Phelan
Am21: John Milton and the English Revolution - Dr David Smith Pm21: The great Prime Ministers - Dr Seán Lang
Am22: Europe: the fall of empires, 1914-97 - Dr Seán Lang Pm22: Reforms and Revolutions: the Ottoman Empire, 1789-1922 - Dr Michael Talbot
Am23: The landscape history of Britain - Dr Nicholas James Pm23: Five English medieval towns - Dr Francis Woodman
Am24: Who's afraid of inflation? - Max Beber Pm24: An introduction to Ancient Greek lyric poetry - Dr Charlie Weiss
Am25: British politics and political thought, 1800 to the present - Dr Graham McCann Pm25: Creating innovative ideas - Andrew Hatcher
Am26: The return of history: the liberal world order in retreat - Sir Tony Brenton Pm26: International Human Rights: war, conflict and the responsibility to protect - Toby Fenwick

Week 3: 24 - 30 July

Morning Course (Am): 9.00-10.30

Afternoon Course (Pm): 1.45-3.15 

Am27: An introduction to mental health conditions - Dr John Lawson Pm27: The essentials of astronomy - Dr Matthew Bothwell
Am28: African-American crime-writing - Dr John Lennard Pm28: Charles Dickens: Great Expectations - Clive Wilmer
Am29: Writing historical fiction for children - Dr Pippa Goodhart (only with Pm30) Pm29: An introduction to The Canterbury Tales - Dr Scott Annett
Am30: Dystopic visions: Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover - Simon Browne Pm30: Writing historical fiction for children - Dr Pippa Goodhart (only with Am29)
Am31: Speaking Shakespeare: Chorus and Prologues - Vivien Heilbron Pm31: Performing a Sonnet - Vivien Heilbron
Am32: Philosophy, humour and the absurd - Dr Alex Carter Pm32: Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Cambridge Years (1929-1951) - Dr Alex Carter
Am33: Cold War flashpoints - Dr Jon Davis Pm33: English politics and culture in the 18th century - Dr Matthew Neal
Am34: The land of Arthur: South-West Britain, crucible of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon relations - Professor Michelle Brown  Pm34: Decoding illuminated manuscript masterpieces of medieval England - Professor Michelle Brown 
Am35: The English medieval parish church - Dr Francis Woodman Pm35: Medieval Science I: The not-so-Dark Ages? - Dr Seb Falk
Am36: Portraits in Tudor England - Dr Christina Faraday Pm36: 20th-century European architecture - from thatch to titanium - Dr Sarah Pearson
Am37: Castles, Palaces and Houses of Queen Elizabeth II - Caroline Holmes Pm37: Designing Georgian Britain: 18th-century consuming passions - Caroline Holmes
Am38: History and foreign policy: do we learn anything from the past? - Sir Tony Brenton Pm38: Russia after Stalin: from Krushchev to Putin - Dr Jon Davis
Am39: Social media's global challenge - Dr Calum Nicholson Pm39: Making sense of international migration - Dr Calum Nicholson

Week 4: 31 July - 6 August

Morning Course (Am): 9.00-10.30

Afternoon Course (Pm): 1.45-3.15 

Am40: Physics at small scales and high speeds - Dr Sarah Williams Pm40: Our Universe: what we think we know - Dr Robin Catchpole
Am41: Evolutionary biology - Dr David Applin Pm41: Understanding life: finding clues in the fossil record - Dr Peter Sheldon
Am42: Pride, prejudice and persuasion: Jane Austen re-visited - Ulrike Horstmann-Guthrie Pm42: Voices from four cultures: contemporary poets Kei Miller, Denise Riley, Terrance Hayes and Juana Adcock - Dr John Lennard
Am43: Adventures in fiction: Time - Lizzie Speller (only with Pm43) Pm43: Adventures in fiction: Time - Lizzie Speller (only with Am43)
Am44: Shakespeare and Italian comedy - Dr John Lennard Pm44: Shakespeare's King Lear: why must Cordelia die? - Clive Wilmer
Am45: Deeds and consequences in Macbeth - Dr Paul Suttie Pm45: Two great Shakespearean Comedies: A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Merchant of Venice - Dr Paul Suttie
Am46: The English medieval castle - Dr Francis Woodman Pm46: William Marshal: England's most worthy knight - Professor Nigel Saul
Am47: Magna Carta: history and meaning - Professor Nigel Saul Pm47: Medieval Science II: How the Middle Ages paved the way for modern science - Dr Seb Falk
Am48: The art of science: medieval to modern - Dr Seb Falk Pm48: Medieval Romance: chivalry, courtly love and Christian values - Dr Scott Annett
Am49: Women in Christian art and culture, 1000-1400 - Dr Miriam Gill Pm49: The art of looking slowly - Jo Rhymer  
Am50: American painters in Paris - Jo Rhymer Pm50: Understanding marketing - Andrew Hatcher
Am51: An introduction to business economics - Dr Sooter Nomhwange Pm51: Polar challenges: the impact of the Eagle, the Bear and the Dragon - Tim Reilly
Am52: Making of the modern Middle East - Rupert Wallace Pm52: On the roof of the world: the making of modern Central Asia, 1865-1953 - Dr Jennifer Keating

Typical day: Monday to Friday

9.00-10.30 

Morning course (Am)

11.15-12.30 

Plenary Lecture 

1.45-3.15 

Afternoon course (Pm)

4.00-5.15 

Plenary Lecture 

 

Evening talk/event