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Humanities
Short
Courses

Ralston College offers short courses, available to anyone anywhere in the world, in partnership with the global online learning platform FutureLearn. All short courses are available for free on a limited basis. Learners can choose to upgrade to unlimited access for an individual course or to subscribe to FutureLearn Unlimited for complete access to all of the thousands of courses offered on this platform.

For
Anyone,
Anywhere

There should be no barrier to the inquisitive learner—not age, nor background, nor education, nor situation. The best that has been thought and said is the inheritance of us all. Ralston College's short courses are for anyone, anywhere, seeking to explore the questions at the heart of human life.

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“What
is
it
that
sometimes
speaks
in
the
soul
so
calmly,
so
clearly,
that
its
earthly
time
is
short?”
Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811–1896
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The
Platform

Ralston College is a proud partner of FutureLearn, a global online learning platform with fifteen million users in more than two hundred countries.

We are preparing a wide range of courses that aim to reveal, consider, and better understand the depth and complexity of the human condition by exploring rich and important works of literature, history, philosophy, religion, music, and the visual arts. These courses will be offered by distinguished scholars and inspiring teachers from around the globe.

"Human
life
is
everywhere
a
state
in
which
much
is
to
be
endured
and
little
to
be
enjoyed."
Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784

Now
Available

Ralston College is a delighted to annouce the launch of its first course on the FutureLearn platform: "Samuel Johnson’s Rasselas: An Introduction"

Students from around the world can encounter Johnson's novel, The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, and learn from the renowned English cultural critic, Theodore Dalrymple (the nom de plume of Dr Anthony Daniels). Participants can explore Johnson’s understanding of human nature while engaging with other members of Ralston's growing online community.

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Upcoming
Courses

  • Jay Parini on Robert Frost

  • Andrew Doyle on Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus

  • Arif Ahmed on Wittgenstein

  • David Novak on Great Confrontations in the Hebrew Bible

  • with many others following soon.

Humanities
MA

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