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Oliver Sacks: "You are in the hands of a master storyteller"

Oliver Sacks: Copyrighted image Credit: Steve Jurvetson under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2015
The writer Josh Bernoff hails Oliver Sacks' ability to engage readers from the start.

Language on the move: Migrating literature and Zachary Richard’s Cajun tales

Language on the move: Migrating literature and Zachary Richard’s Cajun tales Creative commons image Credit: Jeangagnon under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Advanced level Duration 15 mins Updated 27 Aug 2015
The musician and poet Zachary Richard has kept the Cajun tradition alive. But how has the migration of his stories affected them? Mathilde Köstler...

A hard day at the Met Office: The BBC look for a change in the weather

A hard day at the Met Office: The BBC look for a change in the weather Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
After nearly a century, the BBC has announced it's looking for a new weather partner. That's bad news for the Met Office.

Canals: The Making of a Nation - Find out more

Canals: The Making of a Nation - Find out more Copyrighted image Credit: © BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
Find out more about how the history of canals shaped a nation's financial system, workers' rights and civil engineering.

Canals: The Making of a Nation

Canals: The Making of a Nation Copyrighted image Credit: © BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
Liz McIvor looks at who built the nation's canal network, who funded it, those who worked on it and how they were regenerated following WWII.

Who is in the wrong in the Ashley Madison hack?

Who is in the wrong in the Ashley Madison hack? Creative commons image Credit: Quinn Dombrowski under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
Hackers have exposed the details of millions of users of a site designed to help married people cheat. Nobody comes out of the story looking...

Virtual murder: Just a game?

Virtual murder: Just a game? Creative commons image Credit: Casey Fleser under CC-BY-2.0 licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Aug 2015
Can playing violent video games be perceived as a bad thing even if the game player does not show aggressive behaviour in reality?

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The Roman Empire: introducing some key terms

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The Roman Empire: introducing some key terms Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Advanced level Duration 14 hours Updated 02 Sep 2015
This free course will define basic concepts and terms that are essential for an understanding of the culture and identity of the Roman Empire....

Medicine transformed: on access to healthcare

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 02 Sep 2015
Access to healthcare is important to all of us. Did the arrival of state medicine in the twentieth century mean that everyone had access to good...

An introduction to music research

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Masters level Duration 16 hours Updated 21 Aug 2015
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 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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Writing what you know Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

How do empires work?

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 13 Jul 2015
How are empires ruled? How do military, economic, logistic and cultural constructs combine to create 'systems of empire'? This free course...

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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Getting started on Classical Latin Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Sep 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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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Sep 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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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Sep 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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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Sep 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 03 Sep 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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BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Sep 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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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 03 Sep 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 03 Sep 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 03 Sep 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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BA (Honours) English Language and Literature Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Sep 2015
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...