Designed to meet the powerful demand for lifelong learning, The Great Courses is an intellectual engaging series of video and audio courses led by the world's best professors and experts in diverse fields such as philosophy, history, literature, science, and the arts. The Great Courses currently maintains a catalog of more than 350 courses delivered by great teachers from universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, and more.
We work closely with our customers and professors to create every single Great Course. Here's how we do it:
There's always a sale at The Great Courses. We call it The Great Deal, and here's how it works:
The answer is simple. By producing large quantities of only the sale courses, we keep our costs down and pass the savings on to you. This approach also enables us to fill your order immediately—99% of all orders ship within 24 hours.
When on sale, our typical course on CD is $54.95 for 12 CDs, or 12 hours of content. That's only $4.58 per CD. Compare $4.58 to what you pay elsewhere for a CD—$20? More? In any format, our courses costs much less than most audiobooks, DVDs, or CDs.
Every single Great Course you order comes with a Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee.
If a course is ever less than completely satisfying, you may exchange it for another or we will refund your money promptly. If a disc ever breaks, warps, or gets damaged, we'll replace it as long as the course is in print. Absolutely free.
Most publishers don't guarantee your satisfaction with their books or recordings, but we do. Why? Because we want you to be our customer for a lifetime of learning.
This guarantee, which we've honored every day since we were established in 1990, not only protects your investment in learning, it also compels us to produce only great courses—and nothing less.
"To understand how powerful [The Great Course's Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee] is, keep in mind what this company sells. These aren't little audio tapes with 30 minutes of fluff, they're HUGE, in-depth, taped lectures from some of the best minds in the country.
"When I saw the guarantee, I was sold. Where's my credit card?
"But there's another reason for the guarantee—ethics. Thomas Rollins, [founder] of [The Great Courses], said his company values clients so much, he simply doesn't want them to have any product they don't absolutely love. In our lively phone conversation, he said, 'We call our lectures The Great Courses and if we don't deliver great courses, we don't deserve the money.'
"Wow! Most people think of customer loyalty as customers being loyal to a business. But how about a business being loyal to customers?"
—Dean Rieck, Direct Marketing magazine
"Pure intellectual stimulation that can be popped into the [audio or video player] anytime."
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Designed to meet the powerful demand for lifelong learning, The Great Courses is an intellectual engaging series of video and audio courses led by the world's best professors and experts in diverse fields such as philosophy, history, literature, science, and the arts. The Great Courses currently maintains a catalog of more than 300 courses delivered by great teachers from universities such as Australian National University, Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, and more.
The Great Courses was originally founded in 1990 as The Teaching Company. Since then, we have gone on to sell more than 8 million courses to lifelong learners around the world.
There are hundreds of thousands of university professors and subject matter experts around the world. But only a very select few are chosen to be a part of The Great Courses' faculty.
Each year, our professional recruiters identify the top 1% of professors based on teaching awards, published evaluations, newspaper write-ups, and other sources. Then, our team travels the world—to universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, and more—and listens to hundreds from the top 1%.
Of these few professors, only 1 in 20 is selected to give an audition lecture for The Great Courses. Each audition is then thoroughly reviewed by hundreds of our customers. Those professors who receive a high score are invited to craft a Great Course. In the end, we and our customers choose about 1 in 5,000 professors to create courses for us.
We work closely with our customers and professors to create every single Great Courses. Here's how we do it:
We offer The Great Courses on DVD, CD, Audio Download (both mp3 and mpeg4), and Transcript Book.
Our DVD, CD, and audio download formats provide you with the highest quality video and audio.
All of our CDs are compatible with CD players worldwide. All of our DVDs are region free and hence they are playable in all regions worldwide.
The choice depends both on the content of the individual Great Course and how you want to use it.
Audio: Audio versions are very flexible, allowing you to listen to your course almost anywhere and at any time you like: while commuting, while jogging, while gardening—even while swimming.
Video: Video versions contain all visual elements that the professor finds useful in understanding the subject. Some visual elements include
If a Great Course's visual elements are essential to understanding the material, we only sell a DVD version of the course.
If you have questions about a particular Great Course, you'll find that each detailed course description includes a Which Format Should I Buy? section so you can choose the format that's right for you.
Every Great Course goes on sale at least once a year at up to 70% off its list price. This revolving sales approach allows you to get both great value and great service. Here's how:
Producing large quantities of only the Great Courses currently on sale keeps our manufacturing and inventory costs down. More important: We get to pass these savings on to you. This approach also enables us to fill your order immediately: 99% of all orders ship within 24 hours.
To find out which courses are currently on sale, please check our catalogs, e-mails, newsletters, or the Special Sale section on our website.
No. Unfortunately, The Great Courses does not offer degrees or credits for its courses. Rather, they are meant to be used exclusively for the joy of lifelong learning.
The vast majority of the Great Courses are crafted at the university level. However, we also publish several courses taught by outstanding teachers on subjects traditionally covered in high school: algebra, chemistry, geometry, U.S. and world history, and more. For more information on courses that may be right for your high school students, visit the High School section of our website.
Every Great Course comes complete with a Course Guidebook, a soft-bound book that features outlines of every lecture, bibliographies, glossaries, timelines, and other material designed to enhance your learning experience.
In addition, most high-school-level courses come with workbooks as well. These soft-bound learning aids are valuable supplements to courses and textbooks your high school students may already be using. Most workbooks provide students with a wealth of questions, along with helpful answer keys.
All CD versions of our courses will work in
All DVD versions of our courses will work in
Please note that if you're watching a Great Course on the computer, you may need to download additional software for the DVDs to work properly.
We use your name and email address to send you order confirmation, course starter materials for courses that you order, free articles, requests for feedback on courses and professors, and special offers.
We will not sell, rent or share your name, address, e-mail address, or purchase history to or with any other person or company. Period. That has been our policy since we opened in 1990.
By ordering, you agree to the transfer, storing, or processing of your personal information, including outside Australia, by us and/or one of our vendors engaged in the fulfillment of your order, the processing of your payment details, and the provision of support services.
A priority code is the five-digit number that appears on the mailing label of the mail piece, catalog, e-mail, or advertisement you're ordering from. This code ensures that you'll get the sale prices that appear in that particular piece. Priority codes, which are good through the mail piece's expiration date, also allow us to determine which mail pieces our customers find most enjoyable and helpful.
Every Great Course is the intellectual property of The Great Courses and is sold for private, noncommercial use only. You may not copy or publicly present part or all of the courses without express written permission from The Great Courses.
If you or your organisation wants to exhibit a Great Courses lecture (or lectures) publicly, please send a request for permission for such use to the attention of Brandon Hidalgo. Include details of how you intend to use the lecture (or lectures) and the estimated number of people to whom the lecture (or lectures) would be exhibited.
Your shipping, processing, and guarantee payment includes a lifetime satisfaction guarantee for your courses, allowing you to return a course at any time if you are dissatisfied with it for an exchange or a prompt refund of your money. The charge for your courses also includes our free replacement policy: if you ever damage a disc, we will replace it for free, as long as the course is in print.
No other publisher offers a free replacement policy as we do, and no other publisher we've found offers a lifetime satisfaction guarantee.
We do not make a profit on your shipping, processing and guarantee payment. We charge only what is necessary to cover the following expenses:
Ninety-nine percent of all orders ship within 24 hours.
Every course comes with our full Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee: If you are not completely satisfied with your order for any reason, simply return it with a note describing why, and we will issue a full refund or credit your charge card. You may return your order to:
In order to calculate your charge for postage and packing, please refer to the chart below.
All in-stock items are despatched within 24 hours, shipped via DHL Global Mail and will arrive in 10–14 days.
The Great Courses can despatch items to virtually any address in the world. However, customs laws prevent this site from shipping products outside of Australia.
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