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Do cephalopods have consciousness?

Do cephalopods have consciousness? Creative commons image Credit: Maia Valenzuela under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
If we accept that some animals have consciousness, why should we extend that to include squid and octopus?

Do any animals have consciousness?

Do any animals have consciousness? Creative commons image Credit: L.Miguel Bugallo Sánchez under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
Before arguing for cephalopod consciousness, the Cephalover explores arguments for any animals being conscious.

Why does Bugs Bunny become more rural as he gets older?

Why does Bugs Bunny become more rural as he gets older? Creative commons image Credit: Paul Joseph under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
Bugs Bunny normally has a New York accent - but, when he's depicted as an old rabbit, his accent changes completely. What's up with that, Doc?

Geeking together: How cons show gamers aren't solitary

Geeking together: How cons show gamers aren't solitary Creative commons image Credit: istolethetv under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jul 2015
The growing number of conventions for gamers show that gamers, sci-fi fans and comic book readers aren't trying to escape from the world, says ...

The Dates of the Buddha

The Dates of the Buddha New content
Introductory level Updated 24 Jul 2015
How accurately can we put a date on the life of the Buddha, and why is it so hard to pinpoint when he lived?

The Death of Socrates

The Death of Socrates New content
Introductory level Updated 24 Jul 2015
Why was Socrates killed? Learn the reasons for his death.

The Life of Socrates

The Life of Socrates New content
Introductory level Updated 24 Jul 2015
Who was Socrates? Find out what we know about his life.

Does it matter if an octopus has consciousness?

Does it matter if an octopus has consciousness? Creative commons image Credit: Opencage under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Jul 2015
Are cephalopods self-aware? More to the point, does it even matter? The Cephalover Mike Lisieski explains just why it's important.

The legend of the Pied Piper

The legend of the Pied Piper Copyright free image Credit: Public domain New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jul 2015
The story of the Pied Piper dates way back into German history - way back before Robert Browning got involved...

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Start writing fiction

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This free course, Start writing fiction, will give you an insight into...

The body in antiquity

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Masters level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
This free course, The body in antiquity, will introduce you to the concept of the body in Greek and Roman civilisation. In recent years, the body...

Writing what you know

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 21 Jul 2015
Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what you know, will help you to develop your perception of the world...

An introduction to music theory

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of musical theory and notation. This free course, An introduction to music theory, will...

Getting started on Classical Latin

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 20 Apr 2015
Latin is the basis for many languages in the world. This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, will introduce you to learning Latin. You...

Plato on tradition and belief

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
How can we settle questions of morality or ethics? This unit explores Plato's dialogue, the Laches, to discover why Plato thought that we should...

The Holocaust

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Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jan 2015
This unit explores the Holocaust, as the destruction of European Jewry is commonly known. The mass killing represented by the Holocaust raises many...

Library of Alexandria

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Library of Alexandria
Masters level Duration 7 hours Updated 11 Dec 2014
One of the most important questions for any student of the ancient world to address is ‘how do we know what we know about antiquity?’ Whether we’re...

Looking at, describing and identifying objects

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Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 10 Dec 2014
This unit will enable you to practise and develop your skills of observation and description of objects. It will also enable you to interpret...

The moral equality of combatants

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The moral equality of combatants
Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 03 Dec 2014
The unit introduces and explores the idea of the moral equality of combatants and discusses the question of the basis of liability to killing in...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Aug 2015
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Aug 2015
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Aug 2015
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Aug 2015
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 01 Aug 2015
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Aug 2015
Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about us, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe....

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 01 Aug 2015
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) English Literature

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BA (Honours) English Literature Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Aug 2015
English literature is a broad and accessible subject that is important in its own right and offers connections to a wide range of other kinds of...

BA (Honours) History

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BA (Honours) History Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Aug 2015
With this degree course you will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from antiquity to the twentieth century....

BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Aug 2015
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...