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Stonehenge before the First World War

Stonehenge before the First World War Creative commons image Xiana VB under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
In this extract from Afoot In England, the naturalist and author William Henry Hudson despairs of a site already being turned into a tourist...

OpenLearn Live: 7th June 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 7th June 2016 Creative commons image Colin Baxter under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jun 2016
Does an altar cloth in a church in Herefordshire have a link to Elizabeth I? Plus boxing, football - and the smell of babies. Free learning through...

Nine days' wonder in York

Nine days' wonder in York Copyright free image Copyright free: Robert Clopas
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2016
William has much admiration for the Minster - but the joy of York is to be harshly curtailed...

OpenLearn Live: 29th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
The UK airport whose name stretches back before the Romans arrived. Then more learning across the day.

Jediism: Will the Real Religion Please Stand Up

Jediism: Will the Real Religion Please Stand Up Creative commons image Phillip West under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Apr 2016
Can Jediism be classed as a religion, or is it merely a cultural fad? Check out our article then watch a short video on its characteristics. 

Who was Mary Magdalene?

Who was Mary Magdalene? Copyright free image Copyright free: Artemisia Gentileschi
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Apr 2016
She appears in all the gospels, but we're still not entirely sure who Mary Magdalene was.

60 second adventures: Behind the scenes

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60 second adventures: Behind the scenes Creative commons image Julianlim, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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...

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Happy Saint Patrick's Day Creative commons image Andreas F. Borchert [CC BY-SA 3.0 de, CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Updated 14 Mar 2016
March 17th is St. Patrick's Day. Find out more about the patron saint of Ireland and discover Ireland's culture and heritage. 

OpenLearn Live: 7th March 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 7th March 2016 Creative commons image Gordon Ednie under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Mar 2016
A week in Dundee starts with the city churches; remembering the father of email.  Free learning from across the day.

The Life of Saint Patrick

The Life of Saint Patrick Creative commons image Sirican under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Mar 2016
This extract from Alban Butler's 18th Century work on the lives of the saints tells the story of Ireland's patron saint.

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Studying religion

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Studying religion Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 23 Feb 2016
This free course, Studying religion, will give you an opportunity to think about some of the key concepts and methods of the discipline of...

Introducing the philosophy of religion

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
In this free course, Introducing the philosophy of religion, Timothy Chappell, Professor of Philosophy, asks what the words 'God' and 'religion'...

Religion today: Themes and issues

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Religion today: Themes and issues Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 19 Jan 2016
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...

Regina Jonas: the first female rabbi

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Regina Jonas: the first female rabbi Copyrighted image Copyright: 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...

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 27 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 27 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 27 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 27 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...

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 27 Jul 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 27 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...

Introducing religions

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Introducing religions Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module introduces six major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism; exploring beliefs, practices, concepts...

Why is religion controversial?

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Why is religion controversial? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module focuses on the connections between religion and various controversial issues such as politics, tradition, atheism, multiculturalism and...

Voices, texts and material culture

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Voices, texts and material culture Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module uses the concepts of voices, texts and material culture to extend your understanding of specific disciplines in the arts and humanities...

The arts past and present

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The arts past and present Copyrighted image Copyright: Beauneveu: Giraudon/The Bridgeman Art Library; Kandinsky: © The Art Institute of Chicago. © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2012
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Study a broad range of arts subject areas (from history to philosophy, music to English) across multiple cultures and historical periods in this...