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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

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.

Right to die: what about other circumstances?

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Right to die: what about other circumstances? Copyrighted image Copyright: Brad Calkins | Dreamstime.com New content
Updated 29 Jan 2016
Reasons for individuals chosing to end their life vary - is there one straightforward answer to the question 'do we have the right to die?' or is...

How to Die: Simon's Choice - Discussion Hub

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Updated 29 Jan 2016
Have your say, learn more about the issues and discuss the key themes covered by 'How to Die: Simon's Choice'. 

Do we have a right to die?

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Do we have a right to die? Copyrighted image Copyright: Brad Calkins | Dreamstime.com
Updated 27 Jan 2016
Do we have a right to die? What are the moral and ethical implications of assisted suicide?

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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...

Art in Renaissance Venice

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Art in Renaissance Venice Creative commons image Salvatore Gerace under Creative-Commons license
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,...

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...

Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective

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Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective Creative commons image Jesse Kruger under Creative-Commons license
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
Music is created to be performed, in most cases for an audience, whether in a concert hall, at a street fair or through a radio. But how those...

Working with dilemmas

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Working with dilemmas
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 14 Jan 2016
Dilemmas are part of the fabric of organisational and individual life; these are often presented as the choice between two (or more) equally...

An introduction to material culture

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An introduction to material culture Creative commons image Moyan Brenn under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 11 Jan 2016
This free course, An introduction to material culture, introduces the study of material culture. It asks why we should study things and outlines...

Start writing fiction

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Start writing fiction Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 07 Jan 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...

An introduction to music research

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An introduction to music research Copyrighted image Copyright: ©
Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 06 Jan 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...

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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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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) 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 11 Feb 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 11 Feb 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...