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OpenLearn Live: 2nd December 2016

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Updated 02 Dec 2016
Ice falling from planes isn't an urban myth - it can be more dangerous than that. Plus how Victorians saw Shakespeare. Learning and research from...

I-Spy: Episode 3

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Dec 2016
Episode three of the five-part online infidelity drama I-SPY: Rhianna tries to find evidence on the web for Oliver’s alleged infidelity and the...

I-Spy: Episode 2

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Nov 2016
Episode two of the five-part online infidelity drama I-SPY: Rihanna finds out about Oliver’s online flirting and talks on the phone to a friend...

I-Spy: Episode 1

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Nov 2016
Episode one of the five-part online infidelity drama I-SPY: Rihanna installs spyware on the laptop she presents as a birthday present to her...

OpenLearn Live: 28th November 2016

OpenLearn Live: 28th November 2016 Creative commons image Sally Wilson under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Updated 28 Nov 2016
Strange circular chunks of ice - what's the story of ice pancakes? And religious shrines by the side of Lithuanian roads. Learning and research...

How did Fidel Castro shape Cuba's history?

How did Fidel Castro shape Cuba's history? Copyright free image Copyright free: Linux_rocks New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Nov 2016
Cuba expert Mervyn Bain reflects on a one man's large influence on a small nation

OpenLearn Live: 16th November 2016

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Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Nov 2016
Where Doctors once acted, now real doctors perform - a trip to Pebble Mill. Do apps update too often? And post-truth: word of the year. ...

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Wilberforce

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 18 Oct 2016
William Wilberforce, the politician and religious writer, was instrumental in the abolition of slavery in Britain. This free course explores...

Start writing fiction: characters and stories

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Start writing fiction: characters and stories
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Oct 2016
Start writing fiction is a free course that helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating...

Understanding musical scores

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 05 Oct 2016
This free course, Understanding musical scores, provides a general introduction to how to understand a musical score, and insights into what...

Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin

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Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Sep 2016
The free course, Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin, gives a taste of what it is like to learn two ancient languages. It is for those who have...

Writing what you know

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Aug 2016
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...

Finding information in Arts and History

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding information in arts and history, will help you to identify and use information in arts and history, whether for your work...

What is heritage?

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 28 Jul 2016
What is heritage? This free course will introduce you to the concept of heritage and its critical study, exploring the role of heritage in both...

An introduction to music research

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Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 07 Jul 2016
In this free course, An introduction to music research, we have gathered together materials to allow you to explore the ways in which music may be...

Start writing fiction

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 13 Jun 2016
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...

Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 04 May 2016
Individual artists have been the traditional focus of art history, but how do we evaluate the figure of the artist? This free course, Artists and...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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 02 Dec 2016
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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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

BA (Honours) English Literature

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
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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BA (Honours) English Language and Literature Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...