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The legend of the Pied Piper

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Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jul 2015
The story of the Pied Piper dates way back into German history - way back before Robert Browning got involved...

Gladstone and the Liberal Party

Gladstone and the Liberal Party Copyright free image Credit: John Jabez Edwin Mayall
Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
In 1868, as the Liberals in the Commons reunited and the influence of Palmerston and Wallace became history, the man who untied the factions was...

"True" stories of life in the Bastille

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jul 2015
British publishers were presumably as disappointed as the French authorities when the Bastille fell, as it had been a source of cheap schlocky copy...

How did Tudor Londoners get around?

How did Tudor Londoners get around? Creative commons image Credit: Keith Seabridge under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jul 2015
How did the people in Early Modern London know the names of the streets?

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Introductory level Updated 03 Jul 2015
Gabriel Weston investigates the world of the forensic scientist and the murders they've helped to solve.

After Waterloo: What happened next?

After Waterloo: What happened next? Copyright free image Credit: Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Introductory level Updated 01 Jul 2015
After the collapse of Napoleon's army two hundred years ago, what happened next? We catch up with the news from July 3rd, 1715

Breaking News: Wellington defeats Napoleon at Waterloo

Breaking News: Wellington defeats Napoleon at Waterloo Copyright free image Credit: Painting public domain image
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Jun 2015
The Battle of Waterloo on 18th June, 1815, is a key date in British history. But how was it reported at the time? As you'd expect, not impartially....

O' Fortuna: Can you survive Early Modern Europe?

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O' Fortuna: Can you survive Early Modern Europe? Copyrighted image Credit: Yoyo
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 10 Jun 2015
Pit yourself against fate by embarking on a journey into Europe during one of its most volatile periods: 1500-1700. Can your historical...

King Charles I, 1600 - 1649

King Charles I, 1600 - 1649 Copyrighted image Credit: Wark Clements
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jun 2015
First he lost his parliament; then his throne; then his head. Find out more about the King of England during this bloody era. 

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The body in antiquity

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Masters level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
This free course, The body in antiquity, will introduce you to the concept of the body in Greek and Roman civilisation. In recent years, the body...

Getting started on Classical Latin

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Getting started on Classical Latin Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 20 Apr 2015
Latin is the basis for many languages in the world. This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, will introduce you to learning Latin. You...

Plato on tradition and belief

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Plato on tradition and belief Copyrighted image Credit: The Bridgeman Art Library
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
How can we settle questions of morality or ethics? This unit explores Plato's dialogue, the Laches, to discover why Plato thought that we should...

The Holocaust

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The Holocaust Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jan 2015
This unit explores the Holocaust, as the destruction of European Jewry is commonly known. The mass killing represented by the Holocaust raises many...

Library of Alexandria

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Library of Alexandria
Masters level Duration 7 hours Updated 11 Dec 2014
One of the most important questions for any student of the ancient world to address is ‘how do we know what we know about antiquity?’ Whether we’re...

Looking at, describing and identifying objects

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Looking at, describing and identifying objects Copyrighted image Credit: © The Trustees of the British Museum.
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 10 Dec 2014
This unit will enable you to practise and develop your skills of observation and description of objects. It will also enable you to interpret...

The incredible shrinking chip

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 15 Sep 2014
One of the most important technologies in use today is also one of the smallest. The microchip was invented in Scotland in 1947 and is now at the...

Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century

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Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 06 Nov 2013
This unit examines the role that Scots played in contributing to the developments in healthcare during the nineteenth century. The radical...

Medicine transformed: On access to health care

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Medicine transformed: On access to health care Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
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 history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

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The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the approach to medicine was vastly different from today. Health is now recognised, at least in most...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Aug 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
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Aug 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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Aug 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
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Aug 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 02 Aug 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Aug 2015
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) History

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BA (Honours) History Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Aug 2015
With this degree course you will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from antiquity to the twentieth century....

Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity

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Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 02 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module introduces Europe’s economic, social, medical and cultural history, as well as political and military developments from the First World...

Voices, texts and material culture

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Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 02 Aug 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...

MA History part 2

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MA History part 2 Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 02 Aug 2015 Register by 30 Jan 2016
This course focuses on the planning and writing of a dissertation which will test your ability to present a sustained academic argument in clear,...