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Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology

Celtic art and architecture

This course examines the development of Celtic art and architecture across Europe from the Bronze Age to the early medieval period (c. 1200 BCE – 900 CE). Students will explore the imagination and socio-cultural identities of early Celtic peoples through close analysis of their artwork and common architectural styles, including studying a range of artistic artefacts on different media (such as metalwork, sculpture, wood, and manuscripts) and cross-examining important domestic, religious, and defensive sites.  

Delivery: Online

Date: 28/06/2022-26/07/2022

Time: 18.00-20.00

Code: ADED11998E

Credits: 5

Exploring epic poetry in the ancient world

Often described as the ‘master-genre’ of the ancient world, epic poems chart the adventures and struggles of legendary figures. Across several cultures, these tales did not merely entertain their audiences; they helped to create and manipulate cultural identities and to mobilise political agendas. Taking a thematic approach and using cross-cultural case studies from across time, each week we will explore the defining characteristics of ancient epic as a genre, covering key themes such as the multi-faceted role of women, journeys into the underworld, and confrontations with gods and monsters. 

N.B. This course is delivered asynchronously, i.e. the class materials are provided on Moodle (our online learning platform) to allow self-paced learning, with no live online sessions.

Delivery: Online

Date: 11/05/2022-08/06/2022

Code: ADED11902E

Credits: 5

Gods, generals and kings: Egypt in the Third Intermediate Period

The Third Intermediate Period in ancient Egypt (c.1075-715 BCE) is typically brushed over as a time of confused chronologies, significant transition and decline, especially after the prosperity and military successes of the New Kingdom. But the crises Egypt faced sparked fascinating religious, social and cultural changes, and drastically re-shaped Egypt’s relationship both with the neighbouring Libyans and Nubians, as well as with powers in the Near East. By considering a range of surviving archaeological and textual evidence, we will explore this turbulent and misunderstood era and consider in detail the ways in which Egypt was forced to change during it.

N.B. This course is delivered asynchronously, i.e. the class materials are provided on Moodle (our online learning platform) to allow self-paced learning, with no live online sessions.

Delivery:
Online

Date: 27/06/22-29/08/22

Code: ADED3022E

Credits: 10

Living with Roman slavery: evidential approaches to understanding the slave experience

This course gives students a short introduction to the life of a slave in ancient Rome. Due to the lack of evidence from slaves themselves, it will emphasise the importance of using a variety of evidentiary sources (literature, legislation and material culture) when studying Roman slavery and will use those to develop an understanding of the life of a slave, from the point of enslavement to the point of manumission.

Delivery: Online

Date: 03/08/22-31/08/22

Time: 19.00-21.00

Code: ADED11972E

Credits: 5

Peoples of ancient and early medieval Scotland

This course explores the multi-cultural history of early Scotland by introducing the different peoples who inhabited Scotland from the Iron Age and early medieval periods (c. 800 BCE – c. 900 CE with a focus on the period from c. 100 – c. 900 CE). In this course students will learn through material and literary evidence about the Celtic peoples of early Scotland, the Picts, Britons, and Gaels. Students will also learn about the non-Celtic peoples who invaded and/or settled in Scotland, including the Romans, Angles, and Scandinavians.

Delivery: Online

Date: 02/08/22-30/08/22

Time: 18.00-20.00

Code: ADED11999E

Credits: 5

 

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Art and Art History

An introduction to the British manor house

The British manor house provides an ideal way to explore the art and culture of a particular period. Historically the manor house was the house of a feudal lord of a manor, with one of its key features being its great hall. Beginning with Hardwick Hall (1590–1597) and ending with Castle Coch (1871), this five-week course will explore their architecture, art, and history, placing them with the context of their period.

Delivery: Online

Date: 10/05/2022-07/06/2022

Time: 10.00-12.00

Code: ADED11973E

Credits: 5

The history and mystery of psychogeography

Psychogeography is the study of the specific psychological effects inspired by the geographical environment on the emotions and behaviour of the individual. Interest in psychogeography has never been higher. The term has appeared in colour supplements, and been discussed on the radio and in television documentaries. This course begins with an explanation of the theories and practices behind psychogeography, covering its history from Roman times through to the present by way of 19th century literature, the Occult, Avant Garde Art, Philosophy, Situationism and Punk Rock.

Delivery: Online

Date: 29/06/22-31/08/2022

Time: 13.00-15.00

Code: ADED11514E

Credits: 10

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Creative Writing

Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction: life writing, memoir and autofiction

Everyone has a story to tell about their life but sometimes it can be hard to write down. Life writing, memoir, and autobiographical fiction (or autofiction) bring our real experiences to life on the page, helping us make sense of events and share compelling stories. This practical course examines notable examples to identify distinct techniques, structures and styles that we can practise in our own writing. It also offers approachable writing exercises to try these techniques out, share what we’ve written and improve with mutual feedback. This course also introduces students to the ethical implications and options available when drawing on real life for inspiration. While the main purpose of this course is literary and creative and not therapeutic, personal reflections are welcome. Overall, this practical course offers students a welcoming first step towards writing about real-life.

Delivery: Online

Date: 30/06/2022-01/09/2022

Time: 19.00-21.00

Code: ADED11965E

Credits: 10

Introduction to Creative Writing: The Short Story

This courses uses work group techniques to introduce students to the study and writing of the short story. The issues raised in the group work form the basis for discussion and refinement of writing techniques.

Delivery: Online

Date: 29/06/2022-31/08/2022

Time: 19.00-21.00

Code: ADED11099E

Credits: 10

Intermediate short story writing

Short stories create complex characters and worlds in just a few pages. They are exciting to read and this course enables students to build on their previous experience to improve how they write short stories with drive, depth and ambition. Examples of short stories will be examined to identify further key techniques and structures such as plot pacing, characterisation and narrative focus that can be applied to our own writing. Writing exercises will allow us to practice these techniques and share them for written peer feedback. We will also reflect on our writing practices, creative decision making and engagement with the short story form.

Delivery: Online

Date: 27/06/2022-29/08/2022

Time: 19.00-21.00

Code: ADED2086E

Credits: 10

Intermediate novel writing: getting to the end

Writing a novel can be a long process and the midway point can be challenging for writers. This course enables students to build on their previous experience to learn new techniques that can help them plan, write and edit their novel towards completion. Examples of novel structures, styles and synopses will be examined to identify further key techniques that can be applied to our own writing. Writing exercises will allow us to practice these techniques and share them for oral and written peer feedback. We will also reflect on our writing practices, creative decision-making and engagement with the novel form.

Delivery: Online

Date: 02/07/2022-03/09/2022

Time: 11.00-13.00

Code: ADED2087E

Credits: 10

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History, Politics and International Affairs

The Irish Revolution 1912-1925

The years 1912-25 saw the violent end of British rule in Ireland and its replacement by two new Irish states representing conflicting visions of the Irish future. This brief course will examine the causes, events and consequences of this revolutionary change in Ireland, from the first stirrings of revolt in Ulster in 1912, through the Easter Rising, to the political turmoil of violent insurrection, partition and civil war. Looking back a century later, this course will explore the legacies of this momentous decade and how they continue to shape modern Ireland today.

Delivery: Online

Date: 11/05/2022-08/06/2022

Time: 19.00-21.00

Code: ADED11971E

Credits: 5

 

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Literature and Film

Scotland and Europe: historical literary dialogues

This cross-cultural course will introduce students to literary exchanges between Scottish and European writers from the medieval period to the end of the nineteenth century. Beginning with the Medieval Scottish Makars this course will offer students the opportunity to read and discuss the interplay of key writers and texts across Scotland and Europe to find a fresh perspective on cross-national borrowings and national literatures. It will also similarly focus on the Scottish Enlightenment and Robert Burns, the Romantic movement and Walter Scott, the Victorian era and Robert Louis Stevenson, including writing and letters by women of these periods such as Madame de Staël and Jane Welsh Carlyle. How did literature mediate across political, cultural, and social borders in the past? This course invites you to explore the deep roots of Scotland’s cultural connections to the continent.

Delivery: Online

Date: 30/06/2022-01/09/2022

Time: 19.00-21.00

Code: ADED11981E

Credits: 10

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Philosophy

Continental perspectives on truth: Nietzsche, Bergson and Deleuze

This course introduces students to the work of three significant figures in the continental tradition of philosophy - Friedrich Nietzsche, Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze – and evaluates their perspectives on philosophical truth. In particular, this course compares the way they challenge our pursuit of truth by questioning its sources, shifting our attention away from abstract models towards embodied, intuitive and expressive modes of thinking. More broadly, the course invites students to appreciate this form of philosophy as a beneficial discursive practice which enhances the agency of inquirers. In keeping with continental tradition, this course will also examine ways to apply these perspectives to contemporary situations such as post-truth politics.

Delivery: Online

Date: 30/06/2022-01/09/2022

Time: 19.00-21.00

Code: ADED11989E

Credits: 10

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Psychology and Counselling Skills

An introduction to Evolutionary Psychology

The impact of evolution of human behaviour can be a contentious issue, and one that is often misunderstood. In this course we will demystify the process of evolution and look at how it is applied to the understanding of human psychology. We will cover the fundamentals of evolution and see how this has helped in researching areas such as mental health, reasoning and decision making. We will look at how evolution has shaped our perceptual systems, all the way from simple visual illusions up to who we think looks attractive or trustworthy. Students will be exposed to new ideas, the latest research and encouraged to take part in class discussion on contentious media portrayals of Evolutionary Psychology.

Delivery: Online

Date: 28/06/2022-26/07/2022

Time: 19.00-21.00

Code: ADED11975E

Credits: 5

Virtual reality in psychological research

This course will discuss the use of Virtual Reality (VR) as a method of psychological research. The course will address the history and development of VR together with current applications of the technology, in research, industry and education. Theoretical concepts, practical considerations and data handling will be addressed, along with emerging issues in VR use for research, to support students to develop their own hypothetical VR research study.

Delivery: Online

Date: 29/06/2022-31/08/2022

Time: 19.00-21.00

Code: ADED2084E

Credits: 10

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