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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.

Tolstoy and the search for the meaning of life

Tolstoy and the search for the meaning of life Copyright free image Copyright free: Public Domain
Intermediate level Duration 15 mins Updated 22 Jan 2016
Works such as War and Peace indicate Tolstoy struggled with the meaning of life. This piece explores his pondering of life and death...

OpenLearn Live: 21st January 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 21st January 2016 Creative commons image German Federal Archive under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jan 2016
The writer who was hounded by the Nazis and the anti-Communists. Then more free learning through the day.

Shakespeare Speaks

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Shakespeare Speaks Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC Learning English
Introductory level Updated 19 Jan 2016
Explore the English language through the phrases, plays and personality of William Shakespeare.

OpenLearn Live: 19th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 19th January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Van Vechten Collection at Library of Congress
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jan 2016
The poet who discovered a new world in Berlin. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 18th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 18th January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: West German government
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jan 2016
Telling tales of rural Germany from the heart of Berlin. Then more free learning through the day.

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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...

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...

Writing what you know

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Writing what you know Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 06 Jan 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...

John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi

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John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 14 Dec 2015
This free course, John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi, concentrates on Acts 1 and 2 of John Webster's Renaissance tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi. It...

Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Dec 2015
This free course concentrates on Sam Selvon's twentieth-century novel, The Lonely Londoners. It considers the depiction of migration in the text as...

What is good writing?

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What is good writing? Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
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...

What is poetry?

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What is poetry? Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
Have you always wanted to try to write poetry but never quite managed to start? This free course, What is poetry?, is designed to illustrate the...

Women Writers: Voices in Transition

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Women Writers: Voices in Transition Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Advanced level Duration 20 mins Updated 24 Jul 2015
In the last century which women writers have truly challenged the existing forms of literature? How did they make their voices heard using brand...

Reading

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Reading Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 04 Sep 2014
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...

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

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History of reading tutorial 3: Famous writers and their reading - Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Vernon Lee Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 06 Jun 2014
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...

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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 06 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 06 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 06 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 06 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...

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 06 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 06 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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BA (Honours) English Literature Creative commons image
Duration 3600 hours Updated 06 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 06 Feb 2016
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...

Creative writing

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Creative writing Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 07 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This practical creative writing module identifies your strengths and interests, and helps you develop as a writer of fiction, poetry, biography,...

Advanced creative writing

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Advanced creative writing Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 07 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Improve your creative writing skills by widening your range – including style, including fiction, poetry, drama and life writing – and developing...