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The Great Courses

The Great Courses, formerly known as The Teaching Company, produces 500 lecture courses taught by professors at the nation's leading universities, which they sell on CD, DVD, Audio Download, and Video Download. Their courses vary in length, ranging from 8 to 84 lectures, with lectures lasting either 30 or 45 minutes. The courses cover a wide range of topics in the categories of history, literature, the arts, philosophy, religion, science, and business. Most of their courses are available in both audio and video formats with visual aids included in the video tapings of the professors teaching their course. Their professors are carefully selected through evaluations and auditions from students and customers, and the professors they choose teach at well respected colleges such as Stanford, Georgetown, and many Ivy League colleges. Their products can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-832-2412.

They also now offer a service called The Great Courses Plus to watch most of their courses on online video through your computer, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android phone, Roku streaming device, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and more. For fans of The Great Courses, when you subscribe to The Great Courses Plus, you can then watch over 300 great courses and over 8,000 video lectures as much as you want, whenever you want. You can now sign up for a free one month trial on TheGreatCoursesPlus.com. After the initial free month, the price is $19.99/month, and if you sign up for a full year the price breaks down to $14.99/month. You can browse all these courses by category on their website:

Browse Over 300 Courses Currently Offered Through the The Great Courses Plus

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by Dennis Dalton
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This course contrasts two conflicting views that have long shaped political theory and practice—idealism and realism.

by Robert Greenberg
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After taking this course, you will hear and understand an entire language of unmatched beauty, genius, and power.

by Ed Leon
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With this podcast hosted by Ed Leon, you’ll meet our fascinating professors and experts who create The Great Courses, listen to their stories and insights, and learn more about the great work they are doing.

by Dalton Kehoe
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Online Video (Free)

How you understand the messages sent to you is shaped in large part by your culture and subcultures—the contexts in which you learned "normal" ways of seeing and hearing the world around you.

by Ann Williams
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Online Video (Free)

Continue your exploration of French manners and culture and build on the phrases from the first lecture.

by John Long
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Online Video (Free)

Lane changes, off-roading, irregular traffic patterns - how do robotic cars handle it all? Find out in this lecture on the trade-offs (especially between speed and safety) involved in creating self-driving vehicles.

by Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Online Video (Free)

Scientists have made astounding progress in their grasp of the universe. But what remains to be understood?

by Bob Brier
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Ancient Egyptian civilization is so monumental that it is sometimes difficult to grasp: it lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet.

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Online Audio (Free) | Online Video (Free)

Over 50 complete full length lectures from The Great Courses.

by Frank B. Cross
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Audio Download

What is a contract? How can you make one binding? How can you avoid being prematurely bound by one? What can you do to get out of a contract?

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