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Download your free Divine Women booklet

Download your free Divine Women booklet Copyrighted image Copyright: Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
Download your free 16-page booklet which explores five controversial areas around goddesses and women in religion

OpenLearn Live: 2nd February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 2nd February 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: Original image public domain / Restoration by Adam Cuerden New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
What do you do when fasting in a tiny hut isn't austere enough? Then more free learning across the day.

World Religion Day

World Religion Day Copyrighted image Copyright: CaseJustin | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 12 Jan 2016
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...

A Victorian Christmas: Christmas in Dreamthorp

A Victorian Christmas: Christmas in Dreamthorp Creative commons image Stephendickson under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Dec 2015
The essayist and poet Alexander Smith's Dreamthorp is a collection of essays he wrote in the countryside. This extract, titled Christmas, is...

Mizuki Shigeru: An appreciation

Mizuki Shigeru: An appreciation Creative commons image At By At under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Dec 2015
Manga artist, folklorist and icon Mizuki Shigeru has died. Nevin Thompson explains the role he played in Japanese culture, and why he'll be so...

OpenLearn Live: 4th December 2015

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OpenLearn Live: 4th December 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: NASA
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Dec 2015
How do you celebrate Ramadan in space? How do teams decide to take big risks? Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2015

OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2015 Creative commons image Terence Wiki under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Nov 2015
The place where fairies, Russians and Noah's granddaughter create their own myths, and background to today's Autumn Statement. Free learning...

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Studying religion

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Studying religion Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 03 Sep 2015
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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Introducing the philosophy of religion Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 11 Dec 2013
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 11 Dec 2013
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 11 Feb 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 11 Feb 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 11 Feb 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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Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Feb 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 11 Feb 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 11 Feb 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 11 Feb 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 11 Feb 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 11 Feb 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 11 Feb 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...