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Parlez-vous Eurovision?

Parlez-vous Eurovision? Creative commons image Credit: Ngo Quang Minh under CC-BY-NC-2.0 licence New content
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?

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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?

'We all look forward to it': The social value of a festival in the town

'We all look forward to it': The social value of a festival in the town Copyrighted image Credit: Paul Bishop | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 May 2015
Does a festival have social value? Does it bring social bonding or does it cause social division? Dr Linda Wilks investigates. 

James Dickson: The second youngest MP since the Great Reform Act

James Dickson: The second youngest MP since the Great Reform Act Copyrighted image Credit: Susanaaraujo | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Updated 11 May 2015
The story of the youngest MP elected between The Great Reform Act and 2015 is a twisty one of parental wrongdoing and self-sacrifice.

VE day half a world away: How New Zealand celebrated victory in Europe

VE day half a world away: How New Zealand celebrated victory in Europe Creative commons image Credit: Pikerslanefarm under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 06 May 2015
After years of war, New Zealanders reacted to the fall of Berlin by cutting loose - but not too loose. As the official history explains, it...

What is a confidence and supply government?

What is a confidence and supply government? Copyrighted image Credit: Photos.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 May 2015
There's suggestions we might find ourselves with a confidence-and-supply government after May 7th. What does that actually mean - and what does it...

Which party did best from the 2010 - 2015 coalition?

Which party did best from the 2010 - 2015 coalition? Copyright free image Credit: US government image
Updated 01 May 2015
Five years on from the coalition agreement, which of the two parties was most successful in achieving their aims?

International Jazz Day

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International Jazz Day
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Apr 2015
Let us inject a bit of jazz into your day as we celebrate International Jazz Day today (30 April).

Integration: different logics and local factors

Integration: different logics and local factors Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 29 Apr 2015
In his second piece on immigration, Steve Garner dispels the common misconceptions and confusions in the debate on 'integration'.

Is democracy a good thing?

Is democracy a good thing? Creative commons image Credit: Radub85 | Dreamstime.com
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Apr 2015
Is democracy the best way to select who runs our country? Is it unequivocally a good thing? Professor Derek Matravers discusses Plato's argument...

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An introduction to music theory

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An introduction to music theory Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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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Writing what you know Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

Start writing fiction

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 25 Mar 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...

Plato on tradition and belief

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Plato on tradition and belief Copyrighted image Credit: The Bridgeman Art Library
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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The Holocaust Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 May 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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 May 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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 May 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 Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 May 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 24 May 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 Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 May 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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 May 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 Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 May 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 Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 May 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 Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 May 2015
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...