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  • Timeline: LGBTQ History

    By Dr Julia Downes, Dr Avi Boukli, Sue Hemmings, Gabi Kent

    Explore some snapshots of LGBTQ history with our timeline. 

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    23 Jul 2017

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    Explore some snapshots of LGBTQ history with our timeline. 
  • Britain's Great War: At the eleventh hour - guide & clips Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC/Dave Williams

    Britain's Great War: At the eleventh hour - guide & clips

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    Jeremy Paxman concludes the series by describing how the country came to the very brink of defeat.

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    23 Jul 2017

  • Britain's Great War: At the eleventh hour - guide & clips

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jul 2017
    Jeremy Paxman concludes the series by describing how the country came to the very brink of defeat.
  • Britain's Great War: The darkest hour - guide & clips Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC/Dave Williams

    Britain's Great War: The darkest hour - guide & clips

    By The OpenLearn team

    How Germany's attempts to starve Britain into submission edged the nation close to defeat.

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    22 Jul 2017

  • Britain's Great War: The darkest hour - guide & clips

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Jul 2017
    How Germany's attempts to starve Britain into submission edged the nation close to defeat.
  • Britain's Great War: The war machine - guide & clips Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC/Dave Williams

    Britain's Great War: The war machine - guide & clips

    By The OpenLearn team

    In the second episode, the whole population is enlisted to turn an unprepared Britain into a war machine.

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  • Britain's Great War: The war machine - guide & clips

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Jul 2017
    In the second episode, the whole population is enlisted to turn an unprepared Britain into a war machine.
  • Britain's Great War: War comes to Britain - guide & clips Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC / Dave Williams

    Britain's Great War: War comes to Britain - guide & clips

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    Jeremy Paxman traces the story of the dramatic early stages of the First World War.

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    22 Jul 2017

  • Britain's Great War: War comes to Britain - guide & clips

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Jul 2017
    Jeremy Paxman traces the story of the dramatic early stages of the First World War.
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    A trip to Brighton

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    Fancy a quick trip to Little London By The Sea?

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    20 Jul 2017

  • A trip to Brighton

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Jul 2017
    Fancy a quick trip to Little London By The Sea?
  • Britain's Great War Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC / Dave Williams

    Britain's Great War

    Jeremy Paxman tells how Britain was transformed by the First World War.

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  • Britain's Great War

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    Jeremy Paxman tells how Britain was transformed by the First World War.
  • The Brits Who Built The Modern World Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Nathan Kendall/OFTV

    The Brits Who Built The Modern World

    Join us for the series that tells the story of how an exceptional generation of British architects conquered the globe with their high-tech vision

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  • The Brits Who Built The Modern World

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    Join us for the series that tells the story of how an exceptional generation of British architects conquered the globe with their high-tech vision
  • Hitler's rise and fall: Timeline Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Walter Frentz Archive

    Hitler's rise and fall: Timeline

    By The OpenLearn team

    Track the key events in Hitler's life, from his childhood in Austria to his suicide in the bunker in Berlin.

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    18 Jul 2017

  • Hitler's rise and fall: Timeline

    Hitler's rise and fall: Timeline Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Walter Frentz Archive Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 18 Jul 2017
    Track the key events in Hitler's life, from his childhood in Austria to his suicide in the bunker in Berlin.
  • Ian Kershaw on Hitler's Place In History: The Lecture Podcast Creative commons image Icon Allgemeiner Deutscher Nachrichtendienst under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Ian Kershaw on Hitler's Place In History: The Lecture Podcast

    By Sir Ian Kershaw

    Ian Kershaw, renowned as one of the leading experts on the Third Reich, unpicks the question of how history should...

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    18 Jul 2017

  • Ian Kershaw on Hitler's Place In History: The Lecture Podcast

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    Introductory level Duration 45 mins Updated 18 Jul 2017
    Ian Kershaw, renowned as one of the leading experts on the Third Reich, unpicks the question of how history should view Adolf Hitler.

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  • National identity in Britain and Ireland, 1780–1840

    What is a ‘nation’? What is a ‘state’? Where have these ideas come from and how have they developed over time? This free course, National identity...

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    What is a ‘nation’? What is a ‘state’? Where have these ideas come from and how...
  • Icarus: entering the world of myth

    This free course, Icarus: entering the world of myth, will introduce you to one of the best-known myths from classical antiquity and its various re...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    03 May 2017

  • Icarus: entering the world of myth

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    Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 03 May 2017
    This free course, Icarus: entering the world of myth, will introduce you to one of...
  • The Holocaust

    This free course explores the Holocaust, as the destruction of European Jewry is commonly known. The mass killing represented by the Holocaust...

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    12 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    12 Apr 2017

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    This free course explores the Holocaust, as the destruction of European Jewry is...
  • The origins of the wars of the three kingdoms

    From Catholic rebellion to Civil War, what happened during the latter years of the reign of Charles I that caused people to take up arms against...

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    12 hours

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    28 Feb 2017

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    From Catholic rebellion to Civil War, what happened during the latter years of the...
  • Dundee, jute and empire

    Britain was the first country to industrialise, and it acquired the largest empire ever during this same period. But its sphere of economic...

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    28 Feb 2017

  • Dundee, jute and empire

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    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 28 Feb 2017
    Britain was the first country to industrialise, and it acquired the largest empire...
  • Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin

    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...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    29 Sep 2016

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    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Sep 2016
    The free course, Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin, gives a taste of what it is...
  • What is heritage?

    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...

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    28 Jul 2016

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    What is heritage? This free course will introduce you to the concept of heritage...
  • World Heritage

    This free course provides an overview of World Heritage, its political and cultural origins and the role of UNESCO and other agencies in...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Apr 2016

  • World Heritage

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    This free course provides an overview of World Heritage, its political and...
  • The African diaspora: An archaeological perspective

    In many ways the African diaspora is a contentious episode from the past (and indeed present). This free course, The African diaspora: An...

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    14 Apr 2016

  • The African diaspora: An archaeological perspective

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    In many ways the African diaspora is a contentious episode from the past (and...
  • Welsh history and its sources

    This free course, Welsh history and its sources, is a teaching and learning resource for anyone interested in Welsh history. It contains study...

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    25 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    18 Mar 2016

  • Welsh history and its sources

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    Introductory level Duration 25 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
    This free course, Welsh history and its sources, is a teaching and learning...

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    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Humanities

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    BA (Honours) Humanities
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and...

    BA (Honours) History

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    With this degree course you will develop and deepen your knowledge of different...