Introduction. Part I. The Topology of Algebraic Varieties: 1. The Lefschetz theorem on hyperplane sections; 2. Lefschetz pencils; 3. Monodromy; 4. The Leray spectral sequence; Part II. Variations of Hodge Structure: 5. Transversality and applications; 6. Hodge filtration of hypersurfaces; 7. Normal functions and infinitesimal invariants; 8. Nori’s work; Part III. Algebraic Cycles: 9. Chow groups; 10. Mumford’ theorem and its generalisations; 11. The Bloch conjecture and its generalisations; References; Index.