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The Evolution of English debate

The Evolution of English debate Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 21 Apr 2015
The 23rd April marks English language day 2015; we look at what has been the biggest influence on the English language over the past 100 years...

Collecting Shakespeare: Crowd funding and rediscovered plays

Collecting Shakespeare: Crowd funding and rediscovered plays Copyright free image Credit: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
A benefit gig, a rediscovered lost play and a beef with Alexander Pope: Lewis Theobald's 18th Century edition of Shakespeare plays could have...

Psychological drama: Writing fictional crime drama for a forensic psychology course

Psychological drama: Writing fictional crime drama for a forensic psychology course Copyrighted image Credit: Micha Klootwijk | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2015
For Graham Pike, writing psychology courses is part of the job. But what happened when he found himself having to create a crime drama?

World Book Day

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Updated 05 Mar 2015
Calling all bookworms and budding writers! Celebrate World Book Day (Thursday 5th March 2015) with our free resources and eBooks on OpenLearn.

Arts & Humanities Green Pathway

Arts & Humanities Green Pathway Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

Arts & Humanities Orange Pathway

Arts & Humanities Orange Pathway Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

Arts & Humanities Blue Pathway

Arts & Humanities Blue Pathway Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

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Writing what you know

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Writing what you know Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
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...

Start writing fiction

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 25 Mar 2015
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...

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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What is good writing? Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

What is poetry?

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What is poetry? Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Have you always wanted to try to write poetry but never quite managed to start? This unit is designed to illustrate the techniques behind both the...

Approaching plays

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Approaching plays Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Do you want to get more out of drama? This unit is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary plays....

Approaching prose fiction

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Approaching prose fiction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Do you want to get more out of your reading? This unit is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary...

Approaching literature: Reading Great Expectations

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Approaching literature: Reading Great Expectations Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit considers some of the different ways of reading Great Expectations, based on the type of genre the book belongs to. This is one of the...

Working with dilemmas

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Working with dilemmas
Masters level Duration 4 hours Updated 16 Aug 2013
Dilemmas are part of the fabric of organisational and individual life; these are often presented as the choice between two (or more) equally...

Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’

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Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’ Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
Accounts of Caravaggio's life are filled with suggestions of murder and intrigue. But does knowing more about this dark artist's experiences help...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 May 2015
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 25 May 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 May 2015
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 May 2015
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 May 2015
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 May 2015
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) English Literature

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BA (Honours) English Literature Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 May 2015
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 May 2015
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...

Children's literature

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Children's literature Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 25 May 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
A broad introduction to the vibrant field of children’s literature studies encompassing eighteenth-century fairy tales to examples of contemporary...

Voices, texts and material culture

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Voices, texts and material culture Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 25 May 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module uses the concepts of voices, texts and material culture to extend your understanding of specific disciplines in the arts and humanities...