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Thirty-five winters of discontent

Thirty-five winters of discontent Creative commons image Credit: Highways Agency under CC-BY licence New content
Updated 28 Jan 2015
Since the original 1978/79 Winter Of Discontent, any setback at any time between late summer and Easter has been garlanded with the same grim title.

Good Churchill, bad Churchill?

Good Churchill, bad Churchill? Copyrighted image Credit: Chris Dorney | Dreamstime.com New content
Updated 28 Jan 2015
As the UK marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill, we take a look at some of the highlights as well as the controversies of...

Arts & Humanities Tasters

Arts & Humanities Tasters Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Updated 22 Jan 2015
Is Arts & Humanities for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

Arts & Humanities Optional Extras

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Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

Arts & Humanities Green Pathway

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Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

Arts & Humanities Orange Pathway

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Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

From joy to despair, Glasgow’s George Square has seen it all this year

From joy to despair, Glasgow’s George Square has seen it all this year Creative commons image Credit: Michel under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Dec 2014
It's been a rollercoaster of a year for the people of Glasgow following the success of the Commonwealth games bookended by two horrific tragedies,...

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The Holocaust

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The Holocaust Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
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...

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 12 Dec 2013
Latin is the basis for many languages in the world. This unit will provide you with a general introduction to learning Latin allowing you to assess...

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...

Introducing the Classical world

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Introducing the Classical world Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
How do we learn about the world of the ancient Romans and Greeks? This unit will provide you with an insight into the Classical world by...

French Revolution

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French Revolution Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit provides basic historical background to the French Revolution. It will show that the Revolution accelerated intellectual, cultural and...

Delacroix

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Delacroix Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
In this unit you will be introduced to a variety of Delacroix’s work and see how his paintings relate to the cultural transition from Enlightenment...

Brighton Pavilion

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
In this unit we examine the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, and its relationship to nineteenth century romanticism and exoticism. We begin with a...

Wilberforce

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Wilberforce Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
William Wilberforce, the politician and religious writer, was instrumental in the abolition of slavery in Britain in 1807. This unit explores...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Jan 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 Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 29 Jan 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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Jan 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 Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Jan 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 29 Jan 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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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Jan 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 Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
With this degree course you will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from antiquity to the twentieth century....

The art history dissertation

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The art history dissertation Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015 Register by 05 Dec 2014
Complete your MA in Art History with a dissertation of 16,000-18,000 words, on a subject of your choice, with the guidance of your tutor.  

Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity

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Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jan 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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Voices, texts and material culture Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015 Register by 15 Jan 2015
This module uses the concepts of voices, texts and material culture to extend your understanding of specific disciplines in the arts and humanities...