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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. 

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...

What is emotive language and why is it used?

What is emotive language and why is it used? Creative commons image Les Cunliffe | Dreamstime.com under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jun 2016
Nigel Warburton helps us grapple with the nuts and bolts of thinking clearly, with the aim of presenting good, clear, logical arguments - in order...

Timeline: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud

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Timeline: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 24 May 2016
Explore the lives and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud with our interactive timeline.

Genius of the Modern World

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 May 2016
In this three-part OU/BBC co-production for BBC Four, Bettany Hughes explores the life and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund...

60 second adventures: Behind the scenes

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Apr 2016
Go behind the scenes with the 60-second adventures team to learn how OU academic content is transformed into informative and entertaining short...

Half man, half circuit: Who are the people who are choosing to become cyborgs?

Half man, half circuit: Who are the people who are choosing to become cyborgs? Creative commons image Portismedia under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Mar 2016
Do the people who claim to be the first of a new human/machine hybrid genuinely represent a new way of living - or are they wrong? Frieda Klotz...

From the Sumerians to Shakespeare to Twain: why fart jokes never get old

From the Sumerians to Shakespeare to Twain: why fart jokes never get old Copyrighted image Copyright: © Luca Montevecchi | Dreamstime.com - Red whoopee cushion with reflection on black glass
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Mar 2016
How have fart jokes survived the times? Even the great William Shakespeare, used a flatulence pun in his play The Comedy of Errors...

OpenLearn Live: 29th February 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Feb 2016
The father of the original superman wasn't Jor-El, and not everyone uses social media in the same way. Free learning throughout the day.

Should we test drugs on pregnant women?

Should we test drugs on pregnant women? Copyright free image Copyright free: PDPics
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 16 Feb 2016
The idea might seem ridiculous. But as science writer Emily Anthes explains, there's a strong case for testing drugs on women who are pregnant.

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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....

The moral equality of combatants

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The moral equality of combatants
Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
This free course introduces and explores the idea of the moral equality of combatants and discusses the question of the basis of liability to...

Introducing philosophy

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 04 Feb 2016
Ever wondered what it would be like to study philosophy? This free course, Introducing philosophy, will introduce you to the teaching methods...

Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 27 Jan 2016
This free course, Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction, examines the philosophical questions surrounding the mind. You will examine how...

Emotion: An introductory picture

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 18 Jan 2016
What is emotion? This free course, Emotion: An introductory picture, takes a philosophical approach to this question in an attempt to understand...

Introducing consciousness

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 18 Jan 2016
What is consciousness? How does the brain generate consciousness and how can a science of the mind describe and explain it adequately? This free...

Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy

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What is imagination and can philosophy define it in any meaningful way? This free course, Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy, will...

Language and thought: Introducing representation

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
How does what you say come to mean something? Does what you say inherently represent what you, the speaker, think it means, whatever that might be,...

Two concepts of freedom

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What defines individual freedom in a civilised society? Philosophers have argued over such questions for centuries. This free course, Two concepts...

The Arts Past and Present: Ireland

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The Arts Past and Present: Ireland Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 50 mins Updated 09 Feb 2010
Do we use our buildings to declare who we are? How far does our heritage influence our collective identity? This insightful album reveals Ireland's...

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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 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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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
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
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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 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) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
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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...

Key questions in philosophy

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Key questions in philosophy Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This broad-ranging module investigates five different topics in philosophy: truth in fiction, the justice of war, reason and action, life and death...

Issues in contemporary social and political philosophy

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Issues in contemporary social and political philosophy Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jul 2016 Register by 16 Dec 2016
Building on the philosophy foundation course, explore issues going beyond simply academic philosophy – citizenship, nationalism, democracy and more...