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History, Art History and Culture

2017 sees the Great War Centenary move into its fourth year. This is significant and poignant for the College as 749 members of the Marlborough community - pupils, teachers and support staff - lost their lives in World War I.

As such, appropriate courses on this subject area available as are an array of other, fascinating and engaging topics including West Country history, contemporary United States politics and the Bolshevik Revolution.

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Art on the Edge

Art on the Edge

COURSE No. 133

TUTOR: Avis Lloyd

In this stimulating course, you will explore the art and architecture which mark the divisions of time and space; divisions which may be real and physical, or imaginary and conceptual. Starting with the art of liminal places, such as the elaborate portals of the 12thcentury renaissance, Avis will explore the many ideas behind this fascinating subject. You will be looking at...

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The Devils Decade? Politics, Culture and Society in Britain 1929 to 1939

The Devils Decade? Politics, Culture and Society in Britain 1929 to 1939

New for 2017

COURSE No. 162

TUTOR: Peter Street

The 1930s has proved to be one of the most controversial decades of the 20th century. This course explores the economic and political impact of the Great Depression on town and countryside, the Abdication and the domestic significance of certain overseas events, which Churchill was to term 'the Gathering Storm'. Yet, it was an age too, for at least some, of more...

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Controversies and Issues in Contemporary United States Politics and Society

Controversies and Issues in Contemporary United States Politics and Society

COURSE No. 163

TUTOR: William Sheward

This course, beginning with an overview of the American government, examines a variety of controversial political, social and economic issues that have significant impacts in contemporary United States' society. These range from domestic matters forming part of the 'culture wars' between liberal and conservative views of America, including abortion, gay rights and gun control, as well as the impact of immigration and changing...

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Philosophy for Beginners

Philosophy for Beginners

COURSE No. 164

TUTOR: Joanna Wilkinson

Have you ever wondered what philosophy is and how to do it? This course offers you the chance to explore five subjects from a philosophical angle and find out how to look at other subjects in the same way. The subjects will be art, religion, morality, history and identity. Tutor Joanna will be asking questions such as, 'What makes a work of...

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Tudor Revolutions

Tudor Revolutions

New for 2017

COURSE No. 165

TUTOR: David Evans

The reigns of Henry VIII and his son Edward VI were characterised by profound changes: an ecclesiastical Brexit, religious upheavals, the extension of the power of the Tudor state and a social and economic crisis. The course will study these changes, together with the massive rebellions that they caused. For its leading personalities, this period was more than usually life threatening, as...

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1917: A World Still at War

1917: A World Still at War

New for 2017

COURSE No. 166

TUTOR: David du Croz

This course focuses on the key conflicts and issues of the First World War in 1917. These include the military and political collapse of Russia, the intervention of the USA, blockade, submarine warfare and economic crisis, fighting on the Western Front (Chemin Des Dames, Arras, Messines, Passchendaele and Cambrai) to the war on other fronts and the domestic politics of Britain, France...

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You the Jury: A Third Time of Asking

You the Jury: A Third Time of Asking

COURSE No. 167-172

TUTOR: Diane Janes

This popular course returns with fresh cases for your consideration. Each day, we will be looking at a real life murder or suspected murder which occurred in England between 1900 to 1975 and you the jury will consider the evidence, reach your own verdict, then decide whether or not justice was well served by the historical outcome. The cases have all been...

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Patrician Families in Renaissance Florence

Patrician Families in Renaissance Florence

New for 2017

COURSE No. 173

TUTOR: Hendrika Foster

During the Renaissance, it was the patron as well as the artist, the one who commissioned and paid for a work of art, who initially reaped the glory, followed by the leaders responsible for the building which displayed it. The Medici family is the best known, but many other families commissioned glorious frescoes in private chapels in the churches that tell...

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Down Under: The European Tradition in Australian Art

Down Under: The European Tradition in Australian Art

COURSE No. 174

TUTOR: Paul Chapman

An introductory look at how art in Australia developed from European painting in the early days of the colony towards the modernist painters of an independent nation in the 20thcentury. This course will look at the development of western art in Australia over a period of two hundred years, from its colonial beginnings in the 1790s to the turn of the...

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The New Middle East

The New Middle East

COURSE No. 175

TUTOR: Elisabetta Burba

This course will try to explain what's happening in the Middle East taking into account the new developments, rather than sticking to an outdated 20th century framework. It will examine how local powers are facing the threat of the Islamic State, how they are creating unprecedented and surprising alliances and how the West is, or is not, dealing with this new historic...

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