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OpenLearn Live: 2nd December 2016

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Updated 02 Dec 2016
Ice falling from planes isn't an urban myth - it can be more dangerous than that. Plus how Victorians saw Shakespeare. Learning and research from...

I-Spy: Episode 3

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Dec 2016
Episode three of the five-part online infidelity drama I-SPY: Rhianna tries to find evidence on the web for Oliver’s alleged infidelity and the...

I-Spy: Episode 2

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Nov 2016
Episode two of the five-part online infidelity drama I-SPY: Rihanna finds out about Oliver’s online flirting and talks on the phone to a friend...

I-Spy: Episode 1

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Nov 2016
Episode one of the five-part online infidelity drama I-SPY: Rihanna installs spyware on the laptop she presents as a birthday present to her...

OpenLearn Live: 28th November 2016

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Updated 28 Nov 2016
Strange circular chunks of ice - what's the story of ice pancakes? And religious shrines by the side of Lithuanian roads. Learning and research...

OpenLearn Live: 16th November 2016

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Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Nov 2016
Where Doctors once acted, now real doctors perform - a trip to Pebble Mill. Do apps update too often? And post-truth: word of the year. ...

Songs of Love and Hate: On Leonard Cohen

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Nov 2016
After Leonard Cohen's death, Richard Danson Brown explores the way the songwriter specialised in conveying difficulties in father-son relationships...

Inter Faith Week 2016

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Updated 11 Nov 2016
Celebrate a world of different faiths and beliefs during Inter Faith Week 2016, starting on Sunday 13 November.

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Writing what you know

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Aug 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...

An introduction to music research

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Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 07 Jul 2016
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 13 Jun 2016
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...

Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael

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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...

Working with dilemmas

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Working with dilemmas
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 21 Apr 2016
Dilemmas are part of the fabric of organisational and individual life; these are often presented as the choice between two (or more) equally...

Philosophy: The nature of persons

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
What is a person? This free course, Philosophy: The nature of persons, examines this philosophical question concerning the nature of personhood....

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...

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...

Reading

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 09 Mar 2016
Reading is an essential skill for all of us and developing our skills in reading is a good investment. This free course is packed with practical...

What is good writing?

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 09 Mar 2016
Does the idea of essay writing put you off the idea of studying? This free course, What is good writing?, will help you to realise that essays are...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Dec 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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Dec 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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Dec 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Dec 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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 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) English Language and Literature

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...

BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer, and does society always gain? What does justice mean, how do we...