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1 July 1916: the beginning of the Battle of the Somme

1 July 1916: the beginning of the Battle of the Somme New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Jun 2016
On the centenary of The Battle of the Somme, discover why the British consider it the bloodiest battle of the First World War, surpassing the...

OpenLearn Live: 28th June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jun 2016
The American President who created his own party. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 27th June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jun 2016
The musician who aimed to take a mop to power; Hubble gets another five years of star gazing. Free learning from across the day.

Stonehenge before the First World War

Stonehenge before the First World War Creative commons image Xiana VB under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
In this extract from Afoot In England, the naturalist and author William Henry Hudson despairs of a site already being turned into a tourist...

A 19th century autopsy unmasks a poisoner

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
14 physicians gather at a graveside to untangle a tale of American settlers, poison, weak alibis, murder and suicide.

OpenLearn Live: 23rd June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
Did Harold Wilson get 'arold and Albert shifted to win an election? How did Britain become an island? Can you trust an ethicist? Free learning from...

OpenLearn Live: 22nd June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jun 2016
The greatest electoral fraud in history, and learn how to digest statistics over lunch. Then more free learning across the day.

How I wrote Frankenstein

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jun 2016
In this extract from the preface to the third edition of Frankenstein, published in 1831, Mary Shelley explains how she came to write her most...

Download free eBook guides to famous literary works

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Updated 16 Jun 2016
Exclusive to OpenLearn, OU experts have created guides to introduce some key works of fiction for you to download and read on your prefered device....

OpenLearn Live: 16th June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jun 2016
A dark, blue moon; Frankenstein's 200th birthday and fast food boxes that deliver virtual reality. Free learning from across the day.

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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...

Start writing fiction: characters and stories

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Start writing fiction: characters and stories
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 13 Apr 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...

Writing what you know

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 23 Mar 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...

Visions of protest: Graffiti

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Visions of protest: Graffiti
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
This free course, Visions of protest: Graffiti, introduces students to contrasting understandings of graffiti. It draws on a wide range of...

Introduction to law in Wales

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Introduction to law in Wales
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
This free course, Introduction to law in Wales, gives a brief overview of the legal history in Wales from the 12th century, followed by an overview...

Philosophy: The nature of persons

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
What is a person? This free course, Philosophy: The nature of persons, examines this philosophical question concerning the nature of personhood....

Welsh history and its sources

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Welsh history and its sources Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 25 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
This free course, Welsh history and its sources, is a teaching and learning resource for anyone interested in Welsh history. It contains study...

Making sense of art history

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
You can prepare for this free course, Making sense of art history, by looking around you. It's likely that wherever you are you'll be able to see...

Finding information in Arts and History

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 17 Mar 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...

History of reading: An introduction to reading in the past

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 17 Mar 2016
This free course, History of reading: An introduction to reading in the past, consists of a series of essays, drawn from material contained in the...

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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 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 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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BA (Honours) History Copyrighted image Copyright: Firebrandphotography | Dreamstime.com
Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Jun 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 29 Jun 2016
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...