The Great Courses

The Great Courses >

2,659
Videos

Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature

Stress and Your Body

The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking

Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works

How to Become a SuperStar Student 2nd Edition

Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon Series

Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity Series

Loading more films...

2,659 Videos in The Great Courses

Loading...

Family and Marriage
Episode 22 of Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon Course
Look beyond the larger issues of politics and economics and reflect on how the Revolution introduced new ideas of liberty and equality into family relationships. The revolutionaries legalized divorce, challenged the authority of fathers, and abolished unfair inheritance laws. Families…
Mystics, Buddhists, and Zoroastrians
Episode 14 of History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective Course
Your attention shifts to those thinkers who looked beyond the physical world for answers to their questions about the fundamental issues of existence. Examine the impact of several key texts and belief systems, including the Upanishads, Jainism, Buddhism, Daoism, and…
Cognitive Behavioral Foundations
Episode 1 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Begin by meeting Dr. Satterfield's patients--Carol, Michael, and Maria--each with something in their lives that could be helped with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). You will follow these patients throughout the course as you learn the basics of CBT, including how…
Color: Color Theory and Color and Light
Episode 28 of How to Draw
Delve into color theory, beginning with the organization of primary and secondary colors on the color wheel. Learn about analogous and complementary colors, as well as the attributes of hue, value, and saturation. Investigate how color functions in nature, and…
Introduction to the Spanish Language
Episode 1 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
Begin by looking at both the "whats" of Spanish (elements such as grammar and vocabulary), and the "hows"--how to study, practice, and learn the language most effectively. Start with identifying cognates (Spanish words that are similar to their English equivalents),…
Early Renaissance - Humanism Emergent
Contemplate the Renaissance phenomena of classicism and humanism in 15th-century Italian art, which focused - even in religious art - on the human body, nature, and depictions of earthly life and the individual. Learn how to recognize Early Renaissance art…
An Introduction to Drawing
Episode 1 of How to Draw
Begin by considering the remarkable history of drawing, a history that has produced knowledge, methodology, and techniques that are readily learnable. Assess common misconceptions about talent and genius; discover how learning to see analytically and abstractly helps us draw; and…
Color - Description, Symbol, and More
Uncover the core principles of color in painting, including the distinctions of value and saturation and the relationship of colors as analogous or complementary. See how major works of art achieve their power and meaning through color, as seen in…
Behavioral Therapy for Chemical Addictions
Episode 17 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Review the basics of substance use disorders--alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs--and what second- or third-wave CBT therapies can offer people who suffer with addiction. Add community reinforcement approach (CRA) to your CBT toolkit and see how it can be…
Later Roman Empire: Crisis and Christianity
Episode 40 of History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective Course
Explore the century that followed Rome's Golden Age and the time of the Five Good Emperors as the empire suffered through political, military, and economic crises that brought it to the brink of collapse, staged a near-miraculous and unexpected recovery,…
Harry Potter--Whistle-Blower Hero
Episode 24 of Heroes and Legends
Finish your course with one of the most unexpected hits of our time--and a smash hit at that. What can the surprising success of Harry Potter teach us about successful heroes? And what do his battles against Lord Voldemort tell…
Setting Therapeutic Goals
Episode 3 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
A fascinating aspect of CBT is the collaborative journey the therapist and patient take to create the patient's case formulation, a living document that serves as a basis for an individual treatment plan and guides the therapy process. Watch as…
Mindlessness: The Default Setting
Episode 1 of Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation Course
Do you control your mind, or does your mind control you? Investigate how the mind operates and the condition of mindlessness: the pervasive swirl of thoughts and judgments that separate you from the world around you. Consider the possibility of…
The Trade-Off between Risk and Return
Episode 32 of Critical Business Skills for Success Series
In this lecture on the trade-off between risk and return, Professor Sussman introduces you to several important financial models businesses use every day. These include the Nobel Prize-winning Capital Asset Pricing Model, which is a means for formally unifying an…
Third-Wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Episode 4 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Now that you are familiar with the basics of CBT, explore the Third Wave, which focuses on the process of cognition rather than its content. It's been described as Buddhist meditation meets CBT, and the research shows some surprising results!
The Creative Person - Practice and Passion
What, exactly, is creativity? Take a closer look at what makes a creative person in this introductory lecture that explores ancient ideas about creativity (including the muses of the ancient Greeks); debunks common myths about the sources of creativity; and…
From Out of the Mesopotamian Mud
Episode 2 of History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective Course
The course's first civilization reveals a theme that will appear again and again. Grasp the critical role of geography and resources in shaping not only Mesopotamia's method of subsistence, but also its religion, structures, empire, and means of leaving its…
Where Am I? Point of View and Focal Point
Explore how point of view - the artist's positioning of the viewer with respect to the image - works in painting and sculpture, paying particular attention to differences in angle and spatial relation. Then, continue with focal point, or the…
Mindfulness: The Power of Awareness
Episode 2 of Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation Course
Explore the notion of mindfulness: nonjudgmental attention to experience: as it occurs in everyday life and as a deliberate practice. Note the many benefits of mindfulness practice, from the freedom to choose how you respond to life, to releasing detrimental…
Music and History, Madrigals and Maps
Episode 1 of Music as a Mirror of History
Begin to contemplate the connections between composers and specific historical events. Grasp how Thomas Morley's madrigals in praise of Queen Elizabeth I engaged with English national self-perception and myth, and how Leon Janacek and Frederic Chopin responded to political events…