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How did Fidel Castro shape Cuba's history?

How did Fidel Castro shape Cuba's history? Copyright free image Copyright free: Linux_rocks New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Nov 2016
Cuba expert Mervyn Bain reflects on a one man's large influence on a small nation

Stories from Vienna: 6 key figures

Stories from Vienna: 6 key figures Copyrighted image Copyright: TARS631 [Attribution or Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Nov 2016
Read the stories of some of Vienna’s people who are commemorated in place names around the city.

OpenLearn Live: 15th November 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 15th November 2016 Creative commons image Birmingham Museums Trust / Wikimedia under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Nov 2016
Birmingham: Home of the photocopier; European names for the platypus; and the point of art. Learning and research from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 14th November 2016

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Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Nov 2016
Why Birmingham is a 150 year old city with a flag that's just a year old; the NHS email problem and the man who discovered insulin. ...

OpenLearn Live: 11th November 2016

OpenLearn Live: 11th November 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Updated 11 Nov 2016
The worst president of all time plus Nasa on small satellites. Then more learning and research across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 10th November 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Nov 2016
Meet the 20th Century's worst president, and why linguistics can add value to your brand. Learning from across the day.

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Wilberforce

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Wilberforce Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 18 Oct 2016
William Wilberforce, the politician and religious writer, was instrumental in the abolition of slavery in Britain. This free course explores...

Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin

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Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Sep 2016
The free course, Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin, gives a taste of what it is like to learn two ancient languages. It is for those who have...

What is heritage?

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 28 Jul 2016
What is heritage? This free course will introduce you to the concept of heritage and its critical study, exploring the role of heritage in both...

Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael

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Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael Copyrighted image Copyright: Scala, Florence
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 04 May 2016
Individual artists have been the traditional focus of art history, but how do we evaluate the figure of the artist? This free course, Artists and...

World Heritage

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
This free course provides an overview of World Heritage, its political and cultural origins and the role of UNESCO and other agencies in...

The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

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The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the approach to medicine was vastly different from today. Health is now recognised, at least in most...

Medicine transformed: on access to healthcare

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Medicine transformed: on access to healthcare Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
Access to healthcare is important to all of us. Did the arrival of state medicine in the twentieth century mean that everyone had access to good...

The Enlightenment

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The Enlightenment Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
The free course will examine the Enlightenment. To help understand the nature and scale of the cultural changes of the time, we offer a 'map' of...

Robert Owen and New Lanark

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
Childcare, education, working conditions, healthcare, crime: these issues are hotly debated in today's society. They are also issues that Robert...

Napoleonic paintings

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
In this free course, Napoleonic paintings, we will examine a range of Napoleonic imagery by David, Gros and a number of other artists, beginning...

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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 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 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) History

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BA (Honours) History Copyrighted image Copyright: Firebrandphotography | Dreamstime.com
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
With this degree course you will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from antiquity to the twentieth century....

MA History part 1

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MA History part 1 Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Explore British and Irish histories from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries and increase your understanding of a range of key approaches to...

MA Classical Studies part 1

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MA Classical Studies part 1 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016 Register by 21 Sep 2017
This module tackles the question, ‘How do we know what we know’ about ancient Greece and Rome by investigating classical studies as a...

Reading classical Greek: language and literature

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Reading classical Greek: language and literature Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Teaches beginners the basic vocabulary and grammar needed to start reading classical Greek texts in the original and introduces the culture of...