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Crisis. What Crisis?

Crisis. What Crisis?         Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Feb 2015
What provided the background for the 1979 Winter of Discontent and why did this background contribute to the James Callaghan's loss of power? 

Past-Time Lover

Past-Time Lover Copyrighted image Credit: Neil Arnold
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Feb 2015
Which iconic figure would you select for a Valentine's Day date?

Past-Time Lover: Ludwik Lazarus Zamenhof

Past-Time Lover: Ludwik Lazarus Zamenhof Copyrighted image Credit: Neil Arnold
Updated 13 Feb 2015
This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these iconic figures from history?...

Past-Time Lover: Lord Byron

Past-Time Lover: Lord Byron Copyrighted image Credit: Neil Arnold
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2015
This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these iconic figures from history?

Past-Time Lover: Amelia Earhart

Past-Time Lover: Amelia Earhart Copyrighted image Credit: Neil Arnold
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2015
This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these iconic figures from history?...

Past-Time Lover: Cleopatra

Past-Time Lover: Cleopatra Copyrighted image Credit: Neil Arnold
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2015
This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these iconic figures from history?...

Past-Time Lover: Albert Einstein

Past-Time Lover: Albert Einstein Copyrighted image Credit: Neil Arnold
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2015
This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these iconic figures from history?...

Past-Time Lover: Florence Nightingale

Past-Time Lover: Florence Nightingale Copyrighted image Credit: Neil Arnold
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2015
This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these iconic figures from history?...

Past-Time Lover: Charles Darwin

Past-Time Lover: Charles Darwin Copyrighted image Credit: Neil Arnold
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2015
This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these iconic figures from history?...

Thirty-five winters of discontent

Thirty-five winters of discontent Creative commons image Credit: Highways Agency under CC-BY licence
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.

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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...

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...

David Hume

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David Hume Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit examines Hume's reasons for being complacent in the face of death, as these are laid out in his suppressed essay of 1755, ‘Of the...

Goya

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Goya Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
What influenced Goya? Did Napoleon's invasion of Spain alter the course of Goya's career? This unit will guide you through the works of Goya and...

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...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 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 3000 hours Updated 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 2015 Register by 30 Jan 2015
This course focuses on the planning and writing of a dissertation which will test your ability to present a sustained academic argument in clear,...