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Language of Comedy

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Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
Leading comedians and writers share their insights into how people manipulate language to generate humour and what this reveals about society. 

Language of Comedy - Catchphrases

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
Fast Show's Charlie Higson discusses catchphrases using Steve Martin and the Fast Show's spoof of Downton Abbey as examples.

Language of Comedy - Cross cultural humour

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
German comedian Henning Wehn looks at how comedians play with cultural stereotypes as a source of humour. 

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Approaching poetry

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 11 Dec 2013
Do you want to get more out of your reading of poetry? This unit is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of...

What is good writing?

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Does the idea of essay writing put you off the idea of studying? This unit will help you to realise that essays are not to be feared. You will...

Start writing fiction

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This unit will give you an insight into how authors create their...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Aug 2014
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 3000 hours Updated 22 Aug 2014
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 22 Aug 2014
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...