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Percy Shelley: Polemicist

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
The political writing of Percy Shelley might have a message for the UK right now, believes Mark Summers.

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

Happy Birthday Harry Potter! New content
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
July 31st is the birthday of everyone's favourite wizard (and coincidentally Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling). To celebrate, we're going...

OpenLearn Live: 21st July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2016
The author who, choosing between her art and her husband, went for art; when Thatcher visited Poland. Then more free learning through the day.

Hafan: What do you know about Welsh language and culture?

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 19 Jul 2016
The future of Wales is as exciting as its past. Take our challenge, listen to stories from the locals and get to grips with Welsh culture and...

OpenLearn Live: 13th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jul 2016
The Therese whose name nearly echoed down musical history; a linguistic approach to Adele's swearing; and a guide to Prime Ministership. Free...

A journey through two Englands

A journey through two Englands Copyright free image Copyright free: Samuel Laurence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jul 2016
In this extract from George Eliot's Felix Holt The Radical, a coach makes its way through a nation divided.

OpenLearn Live: 8th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jul 2016
The pretty pigment that packs a poisonous punch; George Eliot on Brexit; Jupiter's wife and why Nottingham Forest have got a problem. Free learning...

12 famous Confucius quotes on education and learning

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Jul 2016
What's your favourite Confucius quote on education and learning? Look at these examples and let us know what you think by voting in our poll. 

Stonehenge before the First World War

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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...

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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...

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 29 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 29 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 29 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 29 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 29 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 29 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 29 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 29 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 29 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 29 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...