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  • The Great Tours: African Safari

    James Currie, Safari Guide

    Available Formats: Instant Video, DVD

    Discover the safari adventure for you in The Great Tours: African Safari. Taught by the highly experienced safari guide James Currie, these 24 exciting lectures take you onto the plains and into the jungles of Africa. From UNESCO World Heritage sites to stunning bird sanctuaries, and from national parks to hidden-gem wilderness areas, experienced travelers and armchair enthusiasts alike will enjoy this exhilarating tour of Africa.

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    Discover the safari adventure for you in The Great Tours: African Safari. Taught by the highly experienced safari guide James Currie, these 24 exciting lectures take you onto the plains and into the jungles of Africa. From UNESCO World Heritage sites to stunning bird sanctuaries, and from national parks to hidden-gem wilderness areas, experienced travelers and armchair enthusiasts alike will enjoy this exhilarating tour of Africa.

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    24 Lectures  |  The Great Tours: African Safari
    Lecture Titles (24)
    • 1
      The Evolution of the Modern Safari
      Begin your journey with a look at the origins and evolution of the safari, from its African roots as a trading journey to the hunting expeditions of the early 1900s to a form of popular tourism. Consider how Africa changed over the 20th century, and witness the rise of ecotourism. Survey the nature of safaris today. x
    • 2
      Comparing Self-Drive and Guided Safaris
      Before you embark on your safari, you have a critical decision to make. Do you want to rent a car and manage your own safari-which offers the most freedom, privacy, and affordability-or do you want to hire a guide to plan your itinerary, outfit your trip, and educate you along the way? Consider the pros and cons of each. x
    • 3
      Safaris in East Africa
      Get an introduction to the five major safari categories. After reviewing them in total, this lecture delves into safaris in East Africa-namely, in Kenya and Tanzania. Explore the wildlife on the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara. Experience the hair-raising sounds of predators. And learn about the major threat that may exist for an East African safari. x
    • 4
      Safaris in Southern Africa
      Continue your study of safari categories. Here, tour the astounding wealth of Southern Africa, from the enormous Kruger National Park to Zimbabwe's big-game landscape and to the wild wetlands of Zambia. Southern Africa is an awe-inspiring mix of desert and wetland safari activities. Find out what to expect and how to plan a trip to this magnificent region. x
    • 5
      Water Safaris
      Shift your attention to the rivers and wetlands of Botswana, where the opportunity to view wildlife from the water is like nothing else. Whether from a boat or a dugout canoe (or mokoro"), and whether you are birdwatching or big-game viewing, a water safari is without a doubt the crown jewel of the African safari experience." x
    • 6
      Desert Safaris
      The majority of safari experiences concentrate in the continent's fertile savannahs and wetlands, but the arid regions of Namibia and the Atlantic coast of Africa hold countless treasures. Here, journey into the oldest desert in the world, view the magnificent red sand dunes, and learn about survival in a seemingly inhospitable climate. x
    • 7
      Primate Safaris
      Trek into the tropical mountains and valleys of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to get a first-hand look at our closest living relatives. From studying gorillas to chimpanzees, there is nothing more enchanting than sitting on the damp forest floor and gazing into the eyes of a great ape. x
    • 8
      Night Safaris
      A night drive into the African bush offers a glimpse into a completely different world, from nocturnal animals to the breathtaking sky. This lecture covers the basics of a night safari: what animals you might see, how they might behave, and what tools you need for successful and responsible viewing of animals at night. x
    • 9
      Photographic Safaris
      Thus far, this course has covered where to go. Here, consider how to experience the safari. Should you soak it all up with the naked eye, or should you bring along your camera equipment to document it all? Whether you're using an iPhone or the latest and greatest DSLR, learn a few strategies for capturing your trip on film. x
    • 10
      Walking Safaris
      While the most common image of a safari is one of riding into the bush in a 4x4 truck to get an up-close view of big mammals, a walking safari can be one of the most stunning ways to experience Africa. Step away from the bustle of the modern world, slow down, and pay attention to the many wondrous details you can see by foot. x
    • 11
      African Predators
      Now that you have surveyed the range of geographies and types of safaris, shift gears to begin a multi-lecture unit on the flora and fauna you might see on your safari. Here, start with the predators-the crowd-pleasing carnivorous animals at the top of the food chain. Meet the killer" cats and dogs." x
    • 12
      African Herbivores and Antelopes
      Continue your study of safari animals with this lecture on the hunted"-grazing herbivores that have evolved to thrive in the dangerous jungles and savannahs. From buffalo and antelopes to zebras and impalas, examine an array of herbivores and their astonishing adaptations for survival." x
    • 13
      Giants of the African Bush
      Meet the giant mammals of the African landscape: the elephant, the rhinoceros, the giraffe, and the hippopotamus. Each of these mega-herbivores is truly captivating, but they are also threatened by poaching. As you get to know each species, reflect on the illegal wildlife trade for some of the largest animals in the world. x
    • 14
      Africa's Great Apes and Other Primates
      In Lecture 7, you learned some ins and outs of a primate safari." Now, take a closer look at the great apes you might meet. Study the differences between lowland and mountain gorillas, consider the baboons and monkeys of the open plains, and learn about the much-adored nocturnal primates." x
    • 15
      Africa's Small Mammals
      The giant animals might be the immediate crowd-pleasers, but the smaller mammals of Africa can be equally fascinating, and they play a critical role in the ecosystem. From mongooses and rabbits to the strange-looking pangolin, get an up-close look at an abundance of small mammals. x
    • 16
      Africa's Reptiles and Amphibians
      Snakes, lizards, toads, and frogs have a nasty reputation. They're creepy, crawly, slithery, and cold-blooded. Yet reptiles and amphibians are an important part of Africa's ecosystem, and, as you will learn in this lecture, there is much more to these fascinating creatures than their nasty reputation. Learn about crocodiles, lizards, snakes, and more. x
    • 17
      Key Birds of Africa
      What would a safari be without the avian delights you are sure to encounter in Africa? Ostriches, eagles, flamingos, herons: Africa is home to countless species of truly amazing birds. Examine the stunning world of Africa's birdlife, and see what equipment you need to make the most of your birding safari. x
    • 18
      Top Birding Spots of Southern and East Africa
      Africa is home to roughly a quarter of the world's bird species, so anyone interested in avian diversity should make it a point to visit the continent. In this lecture, you will travel to some of the top birding destinations in Southern Africa, Kenya, and Tanzania. Gain indispensable guidance for encountering things that fly. x
    • 19
      Africa's Trees, Plants, and Flowers
      Spotting the notable animals or identifying bird species might be a primary goal of your African safari, but getting to know the common botanical species is an integral part of the experience. Learn about Africa's different biomes and the plants best suited for each region, and reflect on the intricate connections among the roots, branches, and flowers of life. x
    • 20
      Island and Beach Safaris
      Did you know Africa is home to world-class beaches, wildlife-rich islands, exceptional scuba diving, and some of our planet's best surfing breaks? Here, you will tour the tropical islands and beaches that offer an experience like no other. Travel to Madagascar, surf the coast of Cape Town, snorkel the reefs of the Seychelles, and more. x
    • 21
      The Sounds of an African Safari
      Listen: When you go on an African safari, you step away from the hum of household electronics, the wails of car horns and sirens, and experience the call of the wild. The chattering of crickets and frogs, the late-night howls of jackals, the iconic roar of the lions. Learn to observe not just with your eyes, but with your ears. x
    • 22
      Safari Destinations off the Beaten Path
      This course, so far, has traversed all the popular geographies and methods for taking a safari. Now, follow some of the less-traveled roads. Get to know the hospitality of Senegal, the deserts of Morocco, and the cultural melting pot of Ethiopia. See some of the hidden gems" sprinkled across the continent." x
    • 23
      Cities and Other Safari Additions
      The word safari" comes from the Swahili word for "journey." While safaris typically involve journeys into the wilderness, the cities and cultures of Africa offer a different kind of journey. From Cape Town to Nairobi and from the Zulus to the Maasai, experience the thriving cultures and communities across Africa." x
    • 24
      Tips for a Sustainable Safari
      The safari experience has changed mightily over the last century, and today, sustainability is one of the most important considerations for tourism. This course closes with a look at responsibility and conservation and what some of the leaders in the safari industry are doing to support local communities and to protect endangered species. x
  • Law School for Everyone: Corporate Law

    Professor George S. Geis, JD, MBA

    Available Formats: Instant Video, DVD

    Recreating a traditional law school course in corporate law, Law School for Everyone: Corporate Law guides you through the foundations of the field, the history of corporations, and the problems that plague them (including insider trading). Using iconic court cases and studies involving today’s top corporations, these 12 lectures are a fascinating look at where corporate law works well—and where it falls short.

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    Recreating a traditional law school course in corporate law, Law School for Everyone: Corporate Law guides you through the foundations of the field, the history of corporations, and the problems that plague them (including insider trading). Using iconic court cases and studies involving today’s top corporations, these 12 lectures are a fascinating look at where corporate law works well—and where it falls short.

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    12 Lectures  |  Law School for Everyone: Corporate Law
    Lecture Titles (12)
    • 1
      Questions and Conflicts in Corporate Law
      Begin the course by familiarizing yourself with the key players in a corporation, including stockholders, creditors, boards of directors, officers (such as CEOs and CFOs), and employees. Then, consider some of the fundamental questions involved in corporate law, exemplified by the 1919 decision in Dodge v. Ford Motor Company. x
    • 2
      Corporations and Their Agents
      The law of agency, which governs agents (such as Hollywood agents and sports agents) is one of the most important areas of law which most people have never heard of. Here, explore key topics in agency law, including how an agency relationship is formed and the details of fiduciary duties (special legal obligations agents owe to their principals). x
    • 3
      Things Corporations Can and Cannot Do
      Take a closer look at the history and nature of corporations and how they behave. How did corporations begin in the United States? What do you need to create a corporation today? What can a corporation legally do after it has been established? Professor Geis answers these and other eye-opening questions. x
    • 4
      Boards of Directors and the Duty of Care
      There are a number of different obligations in corporate law for boards of directors. In this lecture, focus on the first fiduciary requirement: the duty of care. Generally speaking, the duty of care requires directors to behave carefully when they make decisions about what their corporation will do. x
    • 5
      Business Opportunities and the Duty of Loyalty
      According to the duty of loyalty, directors and senior executives must put their corporation's interests ahead of their own. What happens when the law should worry about an executive's loyalty? How do the duty of loyalty and the business judgment rule interact? What can we learn from a 2004 court case involving eBay shareholders? x
    • 6
      Executive Pay and the Duty of Good Faith
      Explore two of the most important contexts for the duty of good faith in corporate law: executive compensation and the obligation of a board to monitor its firm's activities. Learn how courts evaluate how much executive pay is too much, and how the Caremark standard" requires corporate directors to ensure their firm doesn't engage in illegal activities." x
    • 7
      Shareholder Lawsuits: Goals and Limitations
      Why-and how-do shareholder lawsuits come about? Who gets to control the litigation of them? What can corporations do to get rid of pesky cases that aren't in the best interest of most shareholders? More generally, how do boards of directors delegate governance? Tackle these and other questions in this lecture. x
    • 8
      Securities Regulation and Fraud
      Some shareholder lawsuits are managed by an entirely different set of laws, known as federal securities laws. Discover how federal law has stepped in to regulate corporate fundraising and trading activity (including the creation of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the 1930s) and has put a stop to fraudulent statements. x
    • 9
      Insider Trading Laws and Their Complexities
      Using two landmark court cases (SEC v. Texas Gulf Sulphur and Chiarella v. United States) and our country's strong tradition of buyer/seller beware, examine the legal complexities of insider trading laws. Thanks to an ambiguous patchwork of laws, some trades are allowed while others are prohibited. x
    • 10
      Corporate Control Battles and the Law
      Take a deep dive into the world of internal shareholder fights for control: how they work and what rules can tip the balance of power. You'll explore ways to influence managerial decision-making, including proxy fights (which can get very expensive) and shareholder proposals (which act like voter propositions for a popular referendum). x
    • 11
      Corporate Law of Mergers and Acquisitions
      Mergers and acquisitions are extreme events in the life of a corporation. They can catapult a new corporation to success-or sink CEOs. Professor Geis explains the reasons companies merge, the business synergies that two firms hope to attain by merging, what merger lawyers do, and a special type of merger knowing as a cash-out" merger." x
    • 12
      Hostile Takeovers, Defenses, and the Future
      First, explore the inner workings of hostile takeovers of all kinds, where individuals (or entire companies) try to take over another company against its will. Then, Professor Geis offers some bold predictions about five topics in corporate law everyone should keep their eyes on in the years to come. x
  • Law School for Everyone: Contracts

    Professor David Horton, JD

    Available Formats: Instant Video, DVD

    In Law School for Everyone: Contracts, join Professor David Horton for a revealing investigation of contract law. Over 12 lectures, you’ll get an introduction to contract essentials, including offers, acceptances, counteroffers, fraud, duress, and unconscionability. These and other concepts come alive in court cases that range from the outrageous to the heart-rending to the ridiculous.

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    In Law School for Everyone: Contracts, join Professor David Horton for a revealing investigation of contract law. Over 12 lectures, you’ll get an introduction to contract essentials, including offers, acceptances, counteroffers, fraud, duress, and unconscionability. These and other concepts come alive in court cases that range from the outrageous to the heart-rending to the ridiculous.

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    12 Lectures  |  Law School for Everyone: Contracts
    Lecture Titles (12)
    • 1
      Contract Formation in the Internet Age
      In today's age of electronic contracts like browsewraps and clickwraps, contract law can entangle you without ever knowing it. Use internet-era contracts as a jumping-off point for exploring the objective theory of contracts and the critical role that the manifestation of assent plays in the formation of a binding contract. x
    • 2
      Understanding Offer and Acceptance
      How can you tell when parties have forged a contract? In this lecture, use two famous court cases to examine why agreements often are the product of a process known as offer and acceptance. Also, learn about the two bodies of law that make up contracts: the common law and the Uniform Commercial Code. x
    • 3
      The Mysterious Consideration Doctrine
      Use the classic case of Hamer v. Sidway as an introduction to one of contract law's great mysteries: the doctrine known as consideration. First, define this elusive rule. Then, discuss its history and the lively debate over its policy purposes. Finally, take a brief look at the consideration doctrine's contemporary relevance. x
    • 4
      Contract Offers You Can't Revoke
      Refine your understanding of contract formation by examining some situations that buck this niche's general rules. Here, you'll explore the slippery distinction between bilateral contracts and unilateral contracts. You'll also study the special nature of (and limits on) firm offers. x
    • 5
      Liability without a Binding Contract
      Promissory estoppel and restitution are two contract-like doctrines developed by the courts that sometimes allow a plaintiff to collect-even when elements of a contract are missing. In this lecture, unpack these liability theories and some of the reasons their issues remain unsettled to this day. x
    • 6
      Defenses to Contract: Fraud and Duress
      Just because a party agreed to something doesn't necessarily mean a court should treat that agreement as legitimate. Join Professor Horton for a closer look at several defenses to enforcement recognized by contract law, including duress (such as physical compulsion and improper threats) and fraud (including misrepresentation and fraud in the execution")." x
    • 7
      Mistake and Other Contract Defenses
      Some contractual agreements can be marred by mistakes: beliefs not in accord with the facts. Discover how the law struggles mightily with situations in which one or both parties are wrong about some basic assumption that animates their exchange. Also, learn about other rules that can make deals voidable, including mental incapacity and infancy. x
    • 8
      Third Parties in Contract Law
      Contracts can affect dozens-even thousands-of third parties to whom you or your client will be obligated. Using court cases from 1859 and 1918, trace the history of third-party beneficiaries and examine the related issue of assignment and delegation: when a party to a contract can transfer their rights or duties to someone else. x
    • 9
      When a Contract Needs to Be in Writing
      The relationship between contract and writing is much more complex than you might think. First, look at the statute of frauds: a 1677 rule nullifying certain kinds of agreements if they're not in writing. Then, examine the powerful doctrine of the parol evidence rule, which privileges the contractual text over what the parties might have intended. x
    • 10
      Contract Interpretation and Implied Terms
      What should courts do when parties disagree about what their agreement means? What can we learn about this from the great case Raffles v. Wichelhaus? What is so controversial about how judges read and interpret insurance policies? How do implied terms prohibit parties from abusing their power under a contract? x
    • 11
      Building Contracts and Breaching Them
      Survey the basic building blocks of contracts and the rules for assessing when a contract is breached. These include express conditions (such as force majeure), which say that parties don't have to perform if certain events occur or don't occur, and anticipatory repudiation, or performing terribly and not correcting the problem. x
    • 12
      Remedies for Breach of Contract
      The default remedy for a breach of contract is money damages-but sometimes calculating expectation damages can be complicated. And sometimes, plaintiffs fall back on alternative paths to recovery, known as reliance damages (which reimburse plaintiffs for expenses the defendant's breach renders worthless). Explore these and other remedies in this final lecture. x
  • Introduction to the Qur'an

    Professor Martyn Oliver, PhD

    Available Formats: Instant Video, DVD

    Despite the fact that nearly 25 percent of the world’s population is Muslim, misinformation and ignorance about Islam and its place in the world continue to thrive, and the result has been a great deal of conflict and confusion. Often, much of what is misunderstood about Islam is the result of a lack of information—and some dangerous and prolific myths. To combat these myths and to appreciate the complexity of Islam, Dr. Martyn Oliver, a Senior Professorial Lecturer at American University, presents the 12 in-depth lectures of Introduction to the Qur’an to provide you with a multifaceted approach to Muhammad, Islam, and the revelation known today as the Qur’an.

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    Despite the fact that nearly 25 percent of the world’s population is Muslim, misinformation and ignorance about Islam and its place in the world continue to thrive, and the result has been a great deal of conflict and confusion. Often, much of what is misunderstood about Islam is the result of a lack of information—and some dangerous and prolific myths. To combat these myths and to appreciate the complexity of Islam, Dr. Martyn Oliver, a Senior Professorial Lecturer at American University, presents the 12 in-depth lectures of Introduction to the Qur’an to provide you with a multifaceted approach to Muhammad, Islam, and the revelation known today as the Qur’an.

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    12 Lectures  |  Introduction to the Qur'an
    Lecture Titles (12)
    • 1
      Finding a Path into the Qur'an
      Why study the Qur'an? Dr. Martyn Oliver explores the myth and mystery of the Qur'an, including the origins of this most central of Islamic texts, God's perfect word as revealed by Muhammad. For believers, the Qur'an and its divinity are certain, but for the scholar, the text is not so neatly defined. x
    • 2
      7th-Century Mecca: Religion and Oral Tradition
      Ancient Mecca and its surroundings, into which the Qur'an was born, was a place founded economically and socially upon a diverse range of customs, traditions, and peoples. Examine the religious history of the region and the ways in which this cosmopolitan city undoubtedly influenced the messages of the Qur'an. x
    • 3
      The Qur'an Becomes a "Book"
      Muhammad, like most of the people in 7th-century Mecca, was illiterate. What challenges of interpretation for modern scholars are presented by translation from oral tradition to written text, and again from that text into other languages? Was anything lost (or added) in translation between the death of Muhammad and the first canonized text of the Qur'an two hundred years later? Perhaps. x
    • 4
      From Mecca to Medina: The Revelation Transforms
      Learn how the Meccan verses are both radical and evangelical-an economic and cultural threat to Mecca, but also statements of a powerful ideology defining Allah as sole creator and ultimate judge. Later verses of Medina focus, as did Muhammad, on the development of an enduring and cohesive community of diverse peoples, eventually uniting much of the Arabian Peninsula. In these origins of the revelation is where the history of Islam is born. x
    • 5
      God and Tawhid: Divine Nature in the Qur'an
      What does the Qur'an tell us about God? Cultures throughout human history have speculated about the essence of the divine. As we move into the content of the Qur'an itself, we explore the nature of an experiential God, who is both the narrator and central focus of this revelation to Muhammad. x
    • 6
      The Qur'anic Creation Story
      Origin myths provide insight into the values of a people. While the Qur'an lacks a traditional in the beginning" narrative, it reveals a number of stories about the first humans and divine creation. Learn here about Satan's fall from grace, his arrogant disobedience of God's command, and his promise to lure humans into the selfsame fall." x
    • 7
      Judgment Day and the End Times: Yawm ad-Din
      Did Dante Alighieri model his Divine Comedy after the Qur'anic descriptions of heaven and hell? In this lecture, we will delve into the regional history; the co-existing theologies; and finally, the actual Qur'anic depictions of both a beautiful garden of endless, sensual bliss and, for the less deserving, a fiery pit of eternal torment. x
    • 8
      Abraham, Moses, and Qur'anic Faith
      In both Christian and Jewish traditions, Moses and Abraham are held as prophets and ideal examples of faith. In this lecture, discover how these Biblical characters appear in the Qur'an in ways that cement Muhammad's role as prophet, and Mecca's place as the geographic center of Islam. x
    • 9
      Prophethood in the Qur'an: Jesus and Others
      We will learn that numerous other Biblical figures also appear in the Qur'an, including Jesus, Mary, Noah, and Joseph (of Genesis). Each account has parallels to the stories presented in the Christian and Jewish traditions, but the Qur'anic versions emphasize the oneness and exclusive divinity of God. x
    • 10
      From the Qur'an to Islam: Creating a Practice
      How did the Five Pillars of Islam grow from deep roots in the Qur'an? How might the words and deeds of the Prophet provide insight for believers? Finally, what role does this struggle to understand, from the Arabic word ijtihad, play in the ritual practices that define Islam? Delve into each pillar and its Qur'anic origins, as well as the substantial interpretive history of Islam. x
    • 11
      Sharia and Jihad: The Qur'an as Legal Text
      The untranslated words sharia and jihad might best be understood as searching for God's will" and the "universal struggle for justice," rather than the simplistic, and thus fundamentally inaccurate, concepts of judicial law and holy war. Consider the complex meaning of each term, and how it is further explicated through a rich history of fatwa, or legal opinion." x
    • 12
      Qur'anic Philosophy, Theology, and Mysticism
      The final lecture in this outstanding series reflects on the extensive philosophical, theological, and mystical underpinnings of Qur'anic study. Dr. Oliver speaks powerfully about the role of personal struggle to live according to God's will-a struggle that shapes the religious life of individual Muslims and Islamic communities alike around the world. x