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OpenLearn Live: 8th February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 8th February 2016 Creative commons image David Evans under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Feb 2016
The Welsh king who stands alongside Alfred and Charlemagne; fearing death and celebrating a new New Year. Free learning from your world, ...

Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway?

Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway? Copyright free image Copyright free: Wikimedia Images New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
For a long time, the 747 has dominated the skies. But Boeing is slowing production. How come?

Download your free Divine Women booklet

Download your free Divine Women booklet Copyrighted image Copyright: Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
Download your free 16-page booklet which explores five controversial areas around goddesses and women in religion

Download your free Empire poster

Download your free Empire poster Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
We've run out of wallcharts, but you can still print out a copy of our guide to Empire to enjoy at home.

Wartime Farm: free booklet

Wartime Farm: free booklet Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Women's Land Army image Paul Townsend BristolPast.co.uk
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
How did a hungry island remain fed during a long, wearying conflict? Order your free Wartime Farm booklet to find out.

OpenLearn Live: 5th February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 5th February 2016 Creative commons image Tony in Devon under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
A tribute from one poet to another, and a mouse who made a bad choice. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 4th February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 4th February 2016 Creative commons image JschneiderWiki under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Feb 2016
The other Anne Hathaway; a new name for McGraw Hill and increasing levels of bottled water. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 3rd February 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 3rd February 2016 Creative commons image Tom Oates under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Feb 2016
The couple who inspired "what will survive of us is love"; then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 2nd February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 2nd February 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: Original image public domain / Restoration by Adam Cuerden New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
What do you do when fasting in a tiny hut isn't austere enough? Then more free learning across the day.

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Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin

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Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 19 Jan 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...

Emotion: An introductory picture

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Emotion: An introductory picture Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 18 Jan 2016
What is emotion? This free course, Emotion: An introductory picture, takes a philosophical approach to this question in an attempt to understand...

Science in the Scottish Enlightenment

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Science in the Scottish Enlightenment Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
How is it that a small, poor country in northern Europe became one of the most dynamic centres of Enlightenment thinking? This free course, Science...

World Heritage

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World Heritage Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
This free course provides an overview of World Heritage, its political and cultural origins and the role of UNESCO and other agencies in...

What is heritage?

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What is heritage? Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 15 Jan 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...

Art in Renaissance Venice

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Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
This free course, Art in Renaissance Venice, considers the art of Renaissance Venice and how such art was determined in many ways by the city's...

Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy

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Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy Creative commons image Kate Ter Haar under Creative-Commons license
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
What is imagination and can philosophy define it in any meaningful way? This free course, Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy, will...

Language and thought: Introducing representation

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Language and thought: Introducing representation Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
How does what you say come to mean something? Does what you say inherently represent what you, the speaker, think it means, whatever that might be,...

Late nineteenth-century Britain and America: The people and the empire

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Late nineteenth-century Britain and America: The people and the empire Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
Historians on both sides of the Atlantic have argued that the empire was not an issue of popular interest in late nineteenth-century Britain and...

Composition and improvisation in cross-cultural perspective

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Composition and improvisation in cross-cultural perspective Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
Improvisation and composition are words frequently used in the western world to describe the creation of music. But are they really two distinct...

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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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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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Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 2016
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...