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OpenLearn Live: 27th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Apr 2016
The airport which remembers a landowner. Then more learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 25th April 2016

OpenLearn Live: 25th April 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Apr 2016
The man who floated the idea of transport balloons. Then more learning across the day.

Queen Victoria on William Shakespeare

Queen Victoria on William Shakespeare Copyright free image Copyright free: The Royal Collection
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
What did the Queen of England think of the Bard of Avon? We dip into her diaries to find out...

How did Newcastle celebrate the 200th anniversary of Shakespeare?

How did Newcastle celebrate the 200th anniversary of Shakespeare? Copyright free image Copyright free:
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare is being well marked around the nation, and around the globe (and the Globe). But how was the 200th...

Ancient Greece: The greatest show on Earth

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Updated 15 Apr 2016
Join us on a journey to the ancient world and explore the heart of Athens: the theatre.

OpenLearn Live: 15th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Apr 2016
The island honoured for its bravery under fire. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 14th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2016
The largest revolt by the enslaved in Barbadian history. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 13th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2016
The Sussex schoolboy who reinvented himself as a First Nation environmentalist, and Arnold Wesker remembered. Then more free learning across the...

OpenLearn Live: 12th April 2016

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Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Apr 2016
The birth of commercial spam, and the customer services stars you probably don't even notice. Free learning from across the day.

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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...

Welsh history and its sources

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Welsh history and its sources Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 25 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
This free course, Welsh history and its sources, is a teaching and learning resource for anyone interested in Welsh history. It contains study...

Getting started on classical Latin

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Getting started on classical Latin Copyrighted image Copyright: The Art Archive/Alamy
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Mar 2016
This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, has been developed in response to requests from learners who had had no contact with Latin...

Hadrian's Rome

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Hadrian's Rome
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 11 Mar 2016
This free course, Hadrian's Rome, explores the city of Rome during the reign of the emperor Hadrian (117-38 CE). What impact did the emperor have...

The Enlightenment

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The Enlightenment Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 08 Feb 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...

Napoleonic paintings

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 08 Feb 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...

Goya

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
What influenced Goya? Did Napoleon's invasion of Spain alter the course of Goya's career? This free course will guide you through the works of Goya...

Schubert's Lieder: Settings of Goethe's poems

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
This free course, Schubert's Lieder: Settings of Goethe's poems, looks at the short poems in German that were set to music by Franz Schubert ...

David Hume

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
This free course, David Hume, examines Hume's reasons for being complacent in the face of death, as these are laid out in his suppressed essay of...

The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 May 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 24 May 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 24 May 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 24 May 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 24 May 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 24 May 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 24 May 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: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 May 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
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 24 May 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
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 24 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Teaches beginners the basic vocabulary and grammar needed to start reading classical Greek texts in the original and introduces the culture of...