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Red jackets, golden thread: Hunt landscapes and communities

Red jackets, golden thread: Hunt landscapes and communities Copyrighted image Credit: extreme_eventer04 under CC-BY-NC licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 May 2011
For many hunters, the chase is about connections - to the history, to the landscape, to the community. Alison Acton has been finding out why.

John Nash (1928 - 2015)

John Nash (1928 - 2015) Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Jun 2015
Introducing John Nash, inventor of The Prisoner's Dilemma and game theory.

Breaking News: Wellington defeats Napoleon at Waterloo

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Jun 2015
The Battle of Waterloo on 18th June, 1815, is a key date in British history. But how was it reported at the time? As you'd expect, not impartially....

O' Fortuna: Can you survive Early Modern Europe?

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O' Fortuna: Can you survive Early Modern Europe? Copyrighted image Credit: Yoyo
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 10 Jun 2015
Pit yourself against fate by embarking on a journey into Europe during one of its most volatile periods: 1500-1700. Can your historical...

King Charles I, 1600 - 1649

King Charles I, 1600 - 1649 Copyrighted image Credit: Wark Clements
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jun 2015
First he lost his parliament; then his throne; then his head. Find out more about the King of England during this bloody era. 

Charles I

Charles I Copyrighted image Credit: Wark Clements
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jun 2015
Vain, arrogant, short-sighted and cruel. Meet King Charles I

Myth making at the movies - Musings on Mad Max: Fury Road

Myth making at the movies - Musings on Mad Max: Fury Road Creative commons image Credit: Clawsoncat via Deviantart under CC-BY-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2015
The film Mad Max: Fury Road is set in the dystopian future, but is the narrative a recycled story from Roman and Greek times? N.B. contains...

Parlez-vous Eurovision?

Parlez-vous Eurovision? Creative commons image Credit: Ngo Quang Minh under CC-BY-NC-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 May 2015
As English-language songs dominate the Eurovision Song Contest in its 60th anniversary, this article explores why so many of the songs are sung in...

What was the war in 1864 about?

What was the war in 1864 about? Copyright free image Credit: Public Domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 May 2015
As Danish drama 1864 comes to BBC Four, what was the war at the heart of the series all about?

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
Gabriel Weston investigates the world of the forensic scientist and the murders they've helped to solve.

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Start writing fiction

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Start writing fiction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Jun 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...

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...

Writing what you know

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 15 Apr 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...

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...

The Holocaust

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Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jan 2015
This unit explores the Holocaust, as the destruction of European Jewry is commonly known. The mass killing represented by the Holocaust raises many...

Library of Alexandria

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Library of Alexandria
Masters level Duration 7 hours Updated 11 Dec 2014
One of the most important questions for any student of the ancient world to address is ‘how do we know what we know about antiquity?’ Whether we’re...

Looking at, describing and identifying objects

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Looking at, describing and identifying objects Copyrighted image Credit: © The Trustees of the British Museum.
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 10 Dec 2014
This unit will enable you to practise and develop your skills of observation and description of objects. It will also enable you to interpret...

The moral equality of combatants

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The moral equality of combatants
Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 03 Dec 2014
The unit introduces and explores the idea of the moral equality of combatants and discusses the question of the basis of liability to killing in...

Visions of protest: Graffiti

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Visions of protest: Graffiti
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 18 Nov 2014
This unit introduces students to contrasting understandings of graffiti. It draws on a wide range of different examples of graffiti, including...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 2015
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...