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Virtual Winter Festival - Arts and Humanities, Short Course

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  • 5 days
    Duration
University rank #3 (ARWU) Online
Virtual Winter Festival of Learning is taking place between 18-29 January 2021 and offers a wide variety of courses in Arts and Humanities, delivered online by leading Cambridge academics and guest subject specialists.  
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Overview

Taught through pre-recorded video sessions and a dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), the courses are designed to introduce you to new subjects or further your studies in familiar topics. 

You will have access to a number of academic resources and can engage with your Course Directors and fellow students on online forums. .

Below is a selection of courses on offer.

Week One courses:

  • The Winter's Tale: Shakespeare's late magical romance 
  • The plague of company’? : poets and painters in Shakespeare’s England
  • Reading Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925) 
  • Artemisia Gentileschi: a Baroque artist in context 
  • The Cherokee: from first contact to forced removal 
  • Ancient Rome 
  • Beauty and utility – Arts and Crafts houses and gardens 
  • Deciphering medieval wall painting in England 
  • Writing fiction: a sense of place
  • Harry Potter in retrospect 
  • William Blake and TS Eliot: poetry and protest 
  • The art of looking 1: paintings
  • A history of art? Theory through the ages 
  • Parliament and the Victorians
  • Philosophy, humour and the absurd 
  • The problem of evil 

Week Two courses:

  • Great Caribbean poets: Brathwaite, Baugh, Morris and Walcott 
  • From the Bastille to Waterloo - the French in an Age of Revolution
  • Roman Britain
  • British culture and traditions
  • Imperial transformations: the Ottoman Empire, 1575-1789
  • Literature and nature

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 5 days
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Course content will normally amount to around 1.5hrs per day across the 5 days, comprising material delivered by the Course Director, reading/activities, and discussions on the course discussion forum. You may need to complete reading or any other preparation suggested in advance of the course.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Self-paced

Programme Structure

Below is a selection of courses on offer.

Week One

  • The Winter's Tale: Shakespeare's late magical romance 
  • 'The plague of company? poets and painters in Shakespeare's England 
  • Reading Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925) 
  • Artemisia Gentileschi: a Baroque artist in context 
  • The Cherokee: from first contact to forced removal 
  • Ancient Rome 
  • Beauty and utility – Arts and Crafts houses and gardens 
  • Deciphering medieval wall painting in England 
  • Writing fiction: a sense of place
  • Harry Potter in retrospect 
  • William Blake and TS Eliot: poetry and protest 
  • The art of looking: paintings 
  • A history of art? Theory through the ages 
  • Parliament and the Victorians
  • Philosophy, humour and the absurd 
  • The problem of evil 
Week Two
  • Great Caribbean poets: Brathwaite, Baugh, Morris and Walcott 
  • From the Bastille to Waterloo - the French in an Age of Revolution
  • Roman Britain
  • British culture and traditions
  • Imperial transformations: the Ottoman Empire, 1575-1789
  • Literature and nature

Lecturers

  • Mr Valentin Gerlier
  • Dr Christina Faraday
  • Dr Claire Nicholson
  • Dr Aleksandra Koutny-Jones
  • Dr Ian Chambers
  • Dr Nicholas James
  • Mrs Caroline Holmes
  • Dr Miriam Gill and Dr Ellie Pridgeon
  • Professor Jem Poster
  • Dr John Lennard
  • Mr Simon Browne
  • Ms Jo Rhymer
  • Dr Sophie Pickford
  • Dr Alex Carter
  • Dr Karim Esmail
  • Dr Jessica Sharkey
  • Dr Corinne Duhig
  • Dr Karen Ottewell
  • Dr Sarah Pearson
  • Dr Michael Talbot
  • Dr Jenny Bavidge
  • Dr Paul Suttie

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • The Virtual Winter Festival of Learning is open to students aged 18-80+. 
  • To ensure that all participants are able to enjoy the courses, you will need to be confident understanding and following arguments presented in written and spoken English at University level. If English is not your native language, you will need to satisfy yourself that you have an appropriate level of English language proficiency in line with the following recommended tests (achieved in the same sitting and no more than 2 years before the date of booking):
  • IELTS Academic or IELTS Academic for UKVI: Overall band score of 6.5 or above (with no less than 6.5 in each of the four individual components)
  • CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency): Grade C or above or 200 points overall on the Cambridge English Scale
  • CAE (Cambridge English Advanced): Grade A or B or 193 points overall on the Cambridge English Scale

Tuition Fee

  • International

    149 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 149 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
  • EU/EEA

    149 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 149 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
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Courses cost £149 each. Anyone signing up for one or more courses gets free access to the talks.

Funding

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