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What have big meals got to do with Christmas?

What have big meals got to do with Christmas? Copyrighted image Credit: New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Dec 2014
We take a look at why feasting, giving gifts and spreading cheer goes hand in hand with the festive season. 

Halloween: What’s the devil got to do with it?

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Oct 2014
Why is Halloween, an evening traditionally used to honour the deceased, now associated with all things spooky and gruesome? 

Sacred and secular

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Sacred and secular Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 04 Sep 2014
Leaders in the fields of religion, law and business discuss the complications when the three align.

Sacred and secular: Revd Robin Gibbons

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
Can empowerment of minority religious communities come from acknowledgement from the law and majority groups?

Sacred and secular: Judge Thomas Griffith

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
Preserving religious rights and the religious clauses in the United States Constitution are discussed in this video with Judge Thomas B. Griffith....

The Anglican Orthodoxy and homosexuality

The Anglican Orthodoxy and homosexuality Copyrighted image Credit: Photawa | Dreamstime.com
Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Jul 2014
An emergent thread of Anglicanism is adopting a literal Biblical approach to sexuality in opposition to more liberal evangelicals. Andrew McKinnon...

Hound hub

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Updated 28 Aug 2013
Love labradors? Potty about poodles? Explore the Hound hub to find out more about our furry friends.

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Studying religion

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Studying religion Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit will give you an opportunity to think about some of the key concepts and methods of the discipline of Religious Studies. You will meet...

Regina Jonas: the first female rabbi

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Regina Jonas: the first female rabbi Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Advanced level Duration 35 mins Updated 27 Feb 2013
Regina Jonas (1902-1944), who is now widely recognised as the world’s first female rabbi, was ordained in Nazi Germany in 1935. However, for many...

Introducing the philosophy of religion

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Introducing the philosophy of religion Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 10 Apr 2012
In this unit Timothy Chappell, Professor of Philosophy, asks what the words 'God' and 'religion' mean, and what it means to ask philosophical...

Religion today: Themes and issues

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Religion today: Themes and issues Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 23 Jun 2011
There is a widespread perception in the West that we live in a secular age, an age in which religion is at best an optional extra, if not a false...

The Arts Past and Present: Ireland

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The Arts Past and Present: Ireland Copyrighted image Credit: 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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Dec 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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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 21 Dec 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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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Dec 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...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
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 21 Dec 2014
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 21 Dec 2014
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

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 21 Dec 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
This module uses the concepts of voices, texts and material culture to extend your understanding of specific disciplines in the arts and humanities...

From Enlightenment to Romanticism c.1780-1830

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From Enlightenment to Romanticism c.1780-1830 Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Develop your critical understanding of this crucially formative period in modern European history, through key texts associated with the epoch...

Why is religion controversial?

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Why is religion controversial? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module focuses on the connections between religion and various controversial issues such as politics, tradition, atheism, multiculturalism and...

Introducing religions

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Introducing religions Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module introduces six major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism; exploring beliefs, practices, concepts...