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Stonehenge before the First World War

Stonehenge before the First World War Creative commons image Xiana VB under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
In this extract from Afoot In England, the naturalist and author William Henry Hudson despairs of a site already being turned into a tourist...

OpenLearn Live: 23rd June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
Did Harold Wilson get 'arold and Albert shifted to win an election? How did Britain become an island? Can you trust an ethicist? Free learning from...

How I wrote Frankenstein

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jun 2016
In this extract from the preface to the third edition of Frankenstein, published in 1831, Mary Shelley explains how she came to write her most...

Download free eBook guides to famous literary works

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Updated 16 Jun 2016
Exclusive to OpenLearn, OU experts have created guides to introduce some key works of fiction for you to download and read on your prefered device....

OpenLearn Live: 16th June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jun 2016
A dark, blue moon; Frankenstein's 200th birthday and fast food boxes that deliver virtual reality. Free learning from across the day.

Why do so many children’s stories feature magical creatures?

Why do so many children’s stories feature magical creatures?
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Jun 2016
Dr Dena Attar explores why children's stories are often filled with magical creatures.

The Secret Life of Children's Books

The Secret Life of Children's Books Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Jun 2016
This two part OU/BBC co-production looks at the secret lives of 'The Five Children and It' by E. Nesbitt and 'The Water Babies' by...

OpenLearn Live: 7th June 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 7th June 2016 Creative commons image Colin Baxter under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jun 2016
Does an altar cloth in a church in Herefordshire have a link to Elizabeth I? Plus boxing, football - and the smell of babies. Free learning through...

What is emotive language and why is it used?

What is emotive language and why is it used? Creative commons image Les Cunliffe | Dreamstime.com under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jun 2016
Nigel Warburton helps us grapple with the nuts and bolts of thinking clearly, with the aim of presenting good, clear, logical arguments - in order...

Euro 2016

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Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 06 Jun 2016
The UEFA European Championship starts on Friday 10th June - get fanatical about football with our range of free articles, games and free courses on...

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Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael

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Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael Copyrighted image Copyright: Scala, Florence
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...

Writing what you know

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 23 Mar 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...

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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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...

An introduction to music theory

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of musical theory and notation. This free course, An introduction to music theory, will...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 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...