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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Buddhism's four Noble Truths

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Apr 2015
Naomi Appleton, Chancellor's fellow in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, explores the Buddha's Four Noble Truths.

Why do we feast on so much chocolate at Easter?

Why do we feast on so much chocolate at Easter? Copyrighted image Credit: Richard Thomas | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Apr 2015
Have you ever wondered what's the connection between Easter and chocolate? In this article Graham Harvey looks at the origins of our appreciation...

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Mar 2015
The founder of sociology, Max Weber drilled in the value of hard work into our everyday ethic. 

Arts & Humanities Tasters

Arts & Humanities Tasters Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 22 Jan 2015
Is Arts & Humanities for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

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. 

World Religion Day

World Religion Day Copyrighted image Credit: CaseJustin | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 09 Jan 2015
As part of World Religion Day's aim to promote understanding of different faiths, we have compiled a great range of resources on religions and...

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Thomas Aquinas

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Thomas Aquinas Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jan 2015
Theoligan Giles Fraser talks about Thomas Aquinas and his theory that god is at the start of everything.

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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 27 Apr 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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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Apr 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 27 Apr 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 27 Apr 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 27 Apr 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 27 Apr 2015
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 27 Apr 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...

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 27 Apr 2015 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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Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015 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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Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module introduces six major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism; exploring beliefs, practices, concepts...