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A short history of the early days of artificial intelligence

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 May 2016
Artificial Intelligence seems very much of our time - but as Jessica Riskin explains, history records many attempts to create machines that think.

Do animals really raise human babies as their own?

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Do animals really raise human babies as their own? Copyright free image Copyright free: Yellowstone National Park New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 May 2016
Myth, history and popular culture tells of children raised by wolves and more. Do these stories have any basis in truth?

Timeline: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud

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Timeline: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Introductory level Updated 24 May 2016
Explore the lives and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud with our interactive timeline. 

Language variety all but disappears from the Eurovision song contest

Language variety all but disappears from the Eurovision song contest Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 May 2016
Why has the English language dominated the Eurovision Song Contest once more? Fernando Rosell-Aguilar explores what the competition holds this year...

International Jazz Day

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International Jazz Day
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
Let us inject a bit of jazz into your day as we celebrate International Jazz Day today (30 April).

OpenLearn Live: 29th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
The UK airport whose name stretches back before the Romans arrived. Then more learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 27th April 2016

OpenLearn Live: 27th April 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Apr 2016
The airport which remembers a landowner. Then more learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 26th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Apr 2016
The composer who welcomes people to the East of the Czech Republic. Then more learning through the day.

Jediism: Will the Real Religion Please Stand Up

Jediism: Will the Real Religion Please Stand Up Creative commons image Phillip West under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Apr 2016
Can Jediism be classed as a religion, or is it merely a cultural fad? Check out our article then watch a short video on its characteristics. 

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Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael

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Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael Copyrighted image Copyright: Scala, Florence
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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Finding information in Arts and History Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
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 26 May 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 26 May 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 26 May 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 26 May 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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BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 May 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 26 May 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 26 May 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 26 May 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 26 May 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 26 May 2016
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...