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Happy birthday Roald Dahl

Happy birthday Roald Dahl
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 12 Sep 2016
September 13th 2016 marks what would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday. Find out more about one of the most whoopsy wiffling...

The man behind Matilda – what Roald Dahl was really like

The man behind Matilda – what Roald Dahl was really like
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Sep 2016
Roald Dahl: the incredible storyteller loved by millions or a belittling bully? Find out what his character was like in this article.

Disraeli on Munich

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Updated 07 Sep 2016
Writing in 1840, Benjamin Disraeli shared his passion for the Bavarian capital.

OpenLearn Live: 2nd September 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Sep 2016
The short King who secured the Vatican; Hazel Rymer on Today and the FDA bans antibiotics in soap. Then more free learning across the day.

Ten Years of OpenLearn

Ten Years of OpenLearn Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 01 Sep 2016
OpenLearn, the home of free learning from The Open University, is ten in October. To celebrate our website's double figures, we've gone all out on...

Can comedy change your life?

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 31 Aug 2016
After years spent in dark comedy clubs and cramped rooms above pubs, Mary O’Hara knows what makes her laugh. But what else can a good joke do? She...

Living Shakespeare: Alissar Caracalla on Lebanon and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Choreographer Alissar Caracalla reimagines A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the mountains of Lebanon.

Living Shakespeare: Hong Ying on China and the sonnets

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Living Shakespeare: Hong Ying on China and the sonnets Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Shakespeare's sonnets were once banned in China and are now popular with the gay community. Hong Ying, author of ‘Daughter of the River’ looks...

Living Shakespeare: Dame Evelyn Glennie on the UK and The Tempest.

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
The United Kingdom's Dame Evelyn Glennie talks us through her unique way of hearing and interpreting Shakespeare’s The Tempest. 

Living Shakespeare: Kalki Koechlin on India's women and Ophelia

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Living Shakespeare: Kalki Koechlin on India's women and Ophelia Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Ophelia's situation in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' bears a lot of parallels with Indian women and their place in society. Bollywood actor, Kalki...

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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...

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...

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...

Philosophy: The nature of persons

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
What is a person? This free course, Philosophy: The nature of persons, examines this philosophical question concerning the nature of personhood....

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...

Exploring the English language

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Exploring the English language Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 9 hours Updated 09 Mar 2016
How has the English language changed over the course of the last 500 years? What are the social and political contexts that have affected how these...

Music and its media

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 08 Mar 2016
This free course, Music and its media, examines some of the main ways in which music is transmitted. It considers how the means of communicating a...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Sep 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 30 Sep 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 30 Sep 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 30 Sep 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 30 Sep 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 30 Sep 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 30 Sep 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 30 Sep 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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BA (Honours) English Language and Literature Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Sep 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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BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Sep 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...