Month: June 2015

New Course: The Rise of Italian Fascism, c. 1911-1939

Key information:

Name: The Rise of Italian Fascism, c. 1911 – 1939

Tutor: Dr Hannah Malone (Lumley Junior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge)

Number of Modules: 7

Module List:

  1. Introduction to Italian Fascism
  2. The First World War
  3. Modernity
  4. The Dead
  5. Colonial Wars
  6. Men and Women
  7. Conclusion

Description:

In this course, Dr Hannah Malone (University of Cambridge) explores the rise of Italian Fascism, focusing in particular on five key questions: (1) How did the experience of the First World War contribute to the rise of Fascism? (2) Was Fascism a forward-looking ideology? Did it embrace modernity or tradition? (3) What was the role of the dead in Fascism? (4) Why did the Fascist regime seek to gain colonies—in Libya, Ethiopia, and in the Balkan Peninsula? (5) How did Fascism seek to impact the lives of ordinary men and women?

Relevance to Specification:

This course is designed for students OCR History AS/A-Level GCE A, Unit Y220 (Italy 1896-1943) or Edexcel History AS/A-Level GCE, Paper 2, Option 2G.1 (The Rise and Fall of Fascism in Italy, c1911-46)

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New Course: Mind-Body Dualism

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Name: Mind-Body Dualism

Tutor: Dr Cressida Gaukroger (Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at University College, London)

Number of Modules: 6

Module List:

  1. What is the Mind-Body Problem?
  2. Descartes and the History of Dualism
  3. The Connection Between Mind and Body
  4. The Conceivability Argument
  5. The Knowledge Argument
  6. Problems with Dualism

Description:

In this course, Dr Cressida Gaukroger (University College, London) explores the philosophical theory of mind-body dualism—the theory that mind and body are distinct kinds of substances. The course begins by considering how dualism differs from materialism and idealism, before delving deeper in the philosophical writings of René Descartes, who offered several arguments for the dualist position. In the third module, we think about the causal connection between mind and body, before considering two more recent arguments for the dualist position. In the final module, we consider the problems with dualism that remain unresolved today.

New Course: Virgil: Aeneid: Book 6

Key information:

Name: Virgil: Aeneid: Book 6

Tutor: Professor Philip Hardie (Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge and Honorary Professor of Latin at the University of Cambridge)

Number of Modules: 6

Module List:

  1. The Place of Book 6 in the Poem
  2. Arrival at Cumae and the Temple of Apollo
  3. The Sibyl
  4. Virgil’s Underworld
  5. Ghosts from Aeneas’ Past
  6. The Pageant of Heroes

Description:

In this course, Professor Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge) explores the sixth book of Virgil’s Aeneid. Beginning with a discussion of the place of Book 6 in the poem as a whole, we then go through the whole of Book 6 in order, focusing on the description of the sculptures on the doors to the Temple of Apollo, the figure of the Sibyl, the layout of the underworld, the ghosts from Aeneas’ past, and the parade of Roman heroes with which the book ends.

Relevance to Specification:

This course is designed for students taking OCR AS/A Level GCE in Latin, A2 Unit L3 (Latin Verse), for which Aeneid 6 is a set text. However, the course will also be useful for students taking OCR AS/A Level GCE in Classical Civilization, A2 Unit CC10 (Virgil and the World of the Hero) and those taking AQA AS/A Level GCE in Classical Civilization, Unit 4 CIV4 Option C (Roman Epic).

New Course: The Unification of Italy

Key information:

Name: The Unification of Italy

Tutor: Dr Marcella Sutcliffe (Research Fellow in History at Clare Hall, Cambridge)

Number of Modules: 7

Module List:

  1. Introduction
  2. Napoleon in Italy, 1796-1815
  3. The Restoration of the Old Order
  4. The 1848 Revolutions
  5. The Emergence of a National Consciousness
  6. The Role of Garibaldi
  7. Conclusion: United at Last?

Description:

In this course, Dr Marcella Sutcliffe (University of Cambridge) explores the Unification of Italy, starting with Napoleon’s invasion of Italy in the late 1790s, and ending with the famous Handshake of Teano in 1861, where Giuseppe Garibaldi handed over control of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies to Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont-Sardinia. As we move through the course, we think about the impact of Napoleon’s reforms on Italy; the extent to which these reforms were reversed in following the Congress of Vienna in 1815 and the various insurrections that followed; the outbreak of rebellions in 1848, including the Five Days in Milan and the declaration of the Republic of Rome; the growth of a national consciousness in the years following the crushing of the democrat movements in 1848-49; and the life, career, and celebrity of Garibaldi, his Expedition of the Thousand to Sicily, and the declaration of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. The course ends by considering the challenges that faced Italy after 1861, including the continued opposition of the Catholic church, and the fact that Rome and Venice remained under the control of the Pope and the Austrians, respectively.

Relevance to Specification:

This course is designed for students taking OCR GCE AS/A Level in History [Unit F964, Option B, Study Topic 2: The Unification of Italy, 1815-70) or Edexcel GCE AS/A Level in History [Paper 2, Option 2D.1: The Unification of Italy, c1830-70].