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Two Yorkish episodes

Two Yorkish episodes Creative commons image Paul Allison under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 May 2016
A visit to the site of a Civil War battle - and a hanging tale of a murder.

Nine days' wonder in York

Nine days' wonder in York Copyright free image Copyright free: Robert Clopas New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2016
William has much admiration for the Minster - but the joy of York is to be harshly curtailed...

In smokiest Sheffield

In smokiest Sheffield Copyright free image Copyright free: Chemical Engineer New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2016
William arrives in Sheffield - finding a city struggling environmentally and economically.

Some merits of Manchester

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2016
In Manchester, William is struck by the city's dignity - and woollen socks.

A modest liking for Liverpool

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Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2016
In the 1880s, W D Howell lived in England, recording his impressions of the places he visited. In this extract from Seven English Cities, his...

Do animals really raise human babies as their own?

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Do animals really raise human babies as their own? Copyright free image Copyright free: Yellowstone National Park New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 May 2016
Myth, history and popular culture tells of children raised by wolves and more. Do these stories have any basis in truth?

Ralph Waldo Emerson on Shakespeare's craft

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 21 Apr 2016
The American poet and essayist pays tribute to the skill of the British poet and playwright.

Mark Twain on whether Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Apr 2016
Was the work of Shakespeare really cooked up by Bacon? Mark Twain recounts a long journey and a longer argument.

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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...

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...

Start writing fiction

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 26 Feb 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...

History of reading tutorial 1: Finding evidence of reading in the past

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Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
How do we know what people read in the past, and how they read it? This free course, History of reading tutorial 1: Finding evidence of reading in...

History of reading tutorial 2: The reading and reception of literary texts – a case study of Robinson Crusoe

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 16 Feb 2016
How have famous books been read and received by audiences in the past? This free course, History of reading tutorial 2: The reading and reception...

History of reading tutorial 3: Famous writers and their reading - Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Vernon Lee

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 16 Feb 2016
Have you ever wondered about the reading tastes and habits of famous writers in the past? This free course, History of reading tutorial 3: Famous...

Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
Accounts of Caravaggio's life are filled with suggestions of murder and intrigue. But does knowing more about this dark artist's experiences help...

The poetry of Sorley MacLean

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
Sorley Maclean (19111996) is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of the twentieth century. This free course, The poetry of Sorley...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 May 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 28 May 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 28 May 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 28 May 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 May 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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 May 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 28 May 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 28 May 2016
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...

MA English part 1

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Advanced level Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 May 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
Expand on your previous study and prepare for your dissertation through an exploration of a rich variety of literary texts, from the ancient past...

20th century literature: texts and debates

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Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 28 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Gain a new appreciation and understanding of great twentieth-century literature – both the writing itself and the excitement and controversy it...