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Online courses as part of the Virtual Summer Festival of Learning:

Over 80 online courses offered as part of the Festival, covering a range of disciplines, will taught by leading Cambridge academics and our panel of subject specialists. See the full list of available courses to book below. Each course costs £75 and more than one can be taken at any time. 

Arts and Humanities

Life and Physical Sciences

Social Sciences

 

Arts and Humanities

The following courses are still available until midnight (BST) Monday 13 July in Week 3: 20 - 24 July 2020

Exploring water in contemporary poetry Dr Holly Corfield Carr

Plotting girls: looking at Louisa May Alcott's Little Women Dr Jillian Caddell

Entering Dante's dark wood: an introduction to the Inferno Dr Scott Annett

Harry Potter in retrospect Dr John Lennard

Understanding Shakespeare's Hamlet: ‘You would pluck out the heart of my mystery’ Simon Browne

Castles, palaces and houses of British monarchs Caroline Holmes

Introduction to colour connections: modern paintings in Paris and London
Jo Rhymer

European cultures of collecting, 1400-1800 Dr Aleksandra Koutny-Jones

Stonehenge II: the making of the landscape - Early Bronze to late Romano-British period Professor David Jacques

The landscape history of Britain Dr Nicholas James

The reign of Charles I, 1625-49 Dr David Smith

Henry VIII and the politics of magnificence Dr Jessica Sharkey

Parliament and the Victorians Dr Seán Lang

From the Great Depression to 9/11: five crises in US history Nicolas Kinloch

The problem of evil Dr Karim Esmail

The Bayeux Tapestry and the Norman Conquest Dr Philip Morgan

 

Life and Physical Sciences

The following courses are still available until midnight (BST) Monday 13 July in Week 3: 20 - 24 July 2020

Medieval Science II: How the Middle Ages paved the way for modern science
Dr Seb Falk

An introduction to cryptography Dr James Grime

How biotechnologies are changing science and the way we live Dr Charles Morgan

The psychology and neuroeconomics of decision making Dr Gabriele Chierchia

Stellar Evolution Dr Robin Catchpole

Disruptive technologies Dr Oliver Hadeler 

 

Social Sciences

The following courses are still available until midnight (BST) Monday 13 July in Week 3: 20 - 24 July 2020

British politics at the dawn of a new era Carina O'Reilly

The landscape history of Britain Dr Nicholas James

The psychology and neuroeconomics of decision making Dr Gabriele Chierchia

The impact of social media: historical, cultural and political perspectives
Dr Calum Nicholson


The following courses are now closed for applications. Please register your interest to be notified of future courses and to gain access to the free Open Talks.

 

Arts and Humanities

The following courses are now closed for applications in Week 1: 6 - 10 July 2020

Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse Dr Claire Nicholson

Five great poems John Lennard

All power to the Soviets! Five episodes from the 1917 Russian Revolution 
Dr Jennifer Keating

Dangerous books for girls? Fairy tales past and present Dr Jenny Bavidge

William Blake and TS Eliot: poetry and protest Simon Browne

Moby-Dick: an introduction to a great American novel Dr Andy Wimbush

Romeo and Juliet in performance Vivien Heilbron

Shakespeare's King Henry V: a heroic legend and its dark underside Dr Paul Suttie

Adventures in fiction I: Time Elizabeth Speller

Writing fiction: a sense of place Professor Jem Poster

Writing non-fiction I. Lives - past and present Derek Niemann

Writing fiction: plot​ Dr Sarah Burton 

Designing Georgian Britain -18th-century consuming passions Caroline Holmes

English houses and gardens: defining Englishness Caroline Holmes

Introduction to modern art I: Courbet to Van Gogh Jo Rhymer

The art of looking I: paintings Jo Rhymer 

Five English cathedrals Dr Francis Woodman

Odysseus the Storyteller Dr Jan Parker

Stonehenge I: from the end of the Ice Age to the first megalithic monuments Professor David Jacques

A social history of the English family, 1500-1850 Dr Samantha Williams

Europe: the Age of Empires, 1848-1914 Dr Seán Lang

Great medieval philosophers Dr Karim Esmail

An introduction to creativity theory Dr Alex Carter

The art of science Dr Seb Falk

 

The following courses are still available until midnight (BST) Monday 6 July in Week 2: 13 - 17 July 2020

 Investigating Autism Dr John Lawson

Bob Dylan’s lyrics: a literary exploration Simon Browne

Who were ‘The Bloomsbury Group’, and what did they do? Dr Claire Nicholson

The poetry of dreams from Chaucer to Coleridge Dr Lotte Reinbold

Understanding poetry: metre and form Dr John Lennard

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Ulrike Horstmann-Guthrie

An introduction to Shakespeare's sonnets Dr Paul Suttie

Adventures in fiction II: Inspiration Elizabeth Speller

Writing fiction: character Dr Sarah Burton

Writing non-fiction II: People and places Derek Niemann

Writing poetry: an introduction Professor Jem Poster

The architecture and influence of Andrea Palladio, 1508 - 1580 Dr Sarah Pearson

Built on a fortune: British status houses Caroline Holmes

English houses and gardens: personal expressions Caroline Holmes

Introduction to modern art II: Cézanne to Pollock  Jo Rhymer

The art of looking II: 3-D artworks Jo Rhymer

A History of art? Theory through the ages Dr Sophie Pickford

Rome and China Dr Nicholas James

Ra has placed the king on his throne forever: Ancient Egyptian religion
Dr Corinne Duhig

Reading the Iliad: heroes and villains Dr Jan Parker

Europe: the Fall of Empires, 1914-1997 Dr Seán Lang

Five key moments in Stalin's Russia Dr Jonathan Davis

Creating an Empire: the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1575 Dr Michael Talbot

The French Revolution and the Enlightenment, 1685-1793 Dr Felix Waldmann

Philosophy, humour and the absurd Dr Alex Carter

Socrates and Plato Dr Karim Esmail 


 

Life and Physical Sciences

The following courses are now closed for applications in Week 1: 6 - 10 July 2020

Nanotherapeutics – How nanobiotechnology is revolutionising healthcare 
Dr Iris Batalha

The art of science Dr Seb Falk

The medicinal properties of plants I Dr Patrick Harding

Evolutionary biology Dr David Applin

Immunology and Infection: a beginner’s guide Dr Tom Monie

An introduction to social psychology Dr John Lawson

 

The following courses are still available until midnight (BST) Monday 6 July in Week 2: 13 - 17 July 2020

Medieval Science I: The not-so-Dark Ages? Dr Seb Falk

The psychology of adolescence: brain and behaviour Dr Saz Ahmed

The Scale and contents of the Universe Dr Robin Catchpole

The medicinal properties of plants II Dr Patrick Harding

Restless creatures: the four billion-year history of locomotion
Dr Matthew Wilkinson


 

Social Sciences

The following courses are now closed for applications in Week 1: 6 - 10 July 2020

Challenges to the global order Sir Tony Brenton

An introduction to international business Dr Sooter Nomwhange

An introduction to social psychology Dr John Lawson

A social history of the English family, 1500-1850 Dr Samantha Williams

International development: past, present and future  Dr Calum Nicholson

 

The following courses are still available until midnight (BST) Monday 6 July in Week 2: 13 - 17 July 2020

International Human rights: war, conflict and the responsibility to protect
Toby Fenwick

An introduction to business economics Dr Sooter Nomhwange

The psychology of adolescence: brain and behaviour Dr Saz Ahmed

Philosophy, humour and the absurd Dr Alex Carter

Making sense of international migration Dr Calum Nicholson       

The University's International Summer Programmes are an embodiment of our mission 'to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence'.

Professor Graham Virgo QC (Hon), Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

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