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AKC Online

AKC Online is the distance learning version of the AKC course. It is open to all current distance learning students at King's, as well as to King's Alumni. One year postgraduates may complete a second year of the AKC by distance learning in order to qualify for the award.

Lecture materials will be posted each week on the AKC Distance Learning area on the College's Virtual Learning Environment, KEATS. 

For Distance Learning Students at King's

Email the AKC Office in September 2020 to be enrolled on the AKC Online Distance Learning programme. Please provide your name, student number, main degree programme and year of study. The AKC is free to all current students at King's. 

Semester I 2020-21

A series of nine lectures coordinated by Dr Clare Carlisle, AKC Programme        Director and Reader in Philosophy and Theology, King's College London.

The Life of the Mind: What is Mental Health?

We all agree that our mental health is important – but do we all agree on what mental health is? Different cultures offer different conceptions of the human mind, soul, or spirit, and different ideas about what it means to be healthy. This AKC series will explore contemporary western approaches to mental health alongside contrasting ideals of health from other times, regions and cultures. Experts from a range of disciplines will guide you to reflect on scientific, philosophical and ethical questions about the life of the human mind. 

5 Oct

Dr Clare Carlisle, King’s College London

The Life of the Mind: A Philosophical Perspective

12 Oct

Prof. Sir Graham Thornicroft, Kings College London

How is Mental Health Understood in Different Countries and Cultures?

19 Oct

Professor Neil Vickers, King's College London

“Shared Life” – Learning from Literature about Mental Health

26 Oct

Prof. John Marsden, King's College London

Addiction: Thoughts, Emotions and Behaviours

9 Nov

Dr Ayesha Nahoo, University of Exeter

Mental Health within Holistic Medicine: A History of Alternatives 

16 Nov

Dr Margaret Hampson, Trinity College Dublin

Plato’s Tyrant: the Unhealthy Soul and Interpersonal Relationships

23 Nov

Professor Nikolas Rose, King's College London

Against ‘Mental Health’ 

30 Nov

Dr Matthew Drage, Warburg Institute

Mindfulness Meditation: Secular Therapy or Religious Movement?

7 Dec

Rev. Canon Mark Oakley, University of Cambridge

Saying More than We Have to Say: Poetry and the Procreative Mind

Semester II 2020-21

A series of nine lectures coordinated by Dr Daniel Nilsson DeHanas, Senior Lecturer in Political Science and Religion.

Voices in the Wilderness: Leadership in Troubled Times

Leading others can be challenging in any period. In our troubled times, the need for good leadership is heightened and the costs of bad leadership have multiplied. This AKC series finds its inspiration from the lonely itinerant figure of John the Baptist, described in Christian texts as a ‘voice in the wilderness’. Going beyond the Christian tradition, the series will include a range of voices – many of them speaking against the grain – on leadership in religion, politics, the arts, and public health.  It will help you think about how to lead with boldness and integrity in our ‘wilderness’ of current  challenges, from gender disparities to Brexit divides, from pandemics to populism.

18 Jan

Dr Daniel DeHanas, King’s College London

Introduction: Leadership in Troubled Times

25 Jan

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, King’s College London

Political Leadership

1 Feb

Dr Eka Ikpe, King’s College London

Title TBC

8 Feb

Baroness Deborah Bull, King’s College London

The Civic University 

15 Feb

Dr Hayley MacGregor, University of Sussex

The Complex Contexts of Epidemic Responses   

1 Mar

Professor Rosie Campbell, King’s College London

Women in Political Leadership

8 Mar

AbdoolKarim Vakil, King’s College London 

Community, Race, and Faith: Antiracist Struggles for Justice in the Making of British Values

15 Mar

Rev Dr Ellen Clark-King, King’s College London 

Religious Leadership: Learning from the Desert Elders

22 Mar 

Dr Sam Greene, King’s College London

Title TBC


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