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‘Chaos’ became ‘crisis’ – but was the reality so bad?

‘Chaos’ became ‘crisis’ – but was the reality so bad? Creative commons image Credit: Keir Hardie under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 24 Apr 2015
Tory themed their broadcast around James Callaghan's 'Crisis? What crisis?' which ridiculed Labour's worst time in 1974-79. But was the...

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015 Creative commons image Credit: Daniel.Stark under CC-BY-NC-SA licence Updated content
Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Apr 2015
Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) 2015 begins in the evening April 15th and ends on the evening of April 16th. Find out more about one of the...

What does a kiss mean?

What does a kiss mean? Copyrighted image Credit: Shiningcolors | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
The kiss has changed its cultural meaning across the century - from a sign of favour to a marker of desire. How did that happen?

Before The Windrush: How did Liverpool become such a poorly-integrated city?

Before The Windrush: How did Liverpool become such a poorly-integrated city? Creative commons image Credit: Rodhullandemu under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
A century ago, Liverpool revelled in its cosmopolitan character. Nowadays, though, the city is far less ethnically mixed. What happened?

The late-modern hipster

The late-modern hipster Copyright free image Credit: Cheryl18
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
Unloved and shunned by sociologists. Bjørn Schiermer considers the plight of the elaborately bearded youth cult.

The science behind forensics

The science behind forensics Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
"Forensic science is just recent archaeology", says Allan Jamieson, Director of the Forensic Institute, Glasgow, as he explains how the same...

The purpose of war

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
War! What is it good for! Actually, Ian Morris suggests that it might make life generally less violent. He explained how to Laurie Taylor.

The illicit world of Indian dance

The illicit world of Indian dance Copyrighted image Credit: Vonora | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
Although Bollywood has brought social change, the history of dancers in India is a story of shaming. Anna Morcom visited Thinking Allowed to...

Collecting Shakespeare: Crowd funding and rediscovered plays

Collecting Shakespeare: Crowd funding and rediscovered plays Copyright free image Credit: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
A benefit gig, a rediscovered lost play and a beef with Alexander Pope: Lewis Theobald's 18th Century edition of Shakespeare plays could have...

1802 Rewind: True stories of the 1802 general election

1802 Rewind: True stories of the 1802 general election Copyright free image Credit: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Apr 2015
If the 1979 election isn't far enough back in time for you, in a one-off special we take you back to the first election of the 19th Century.

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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...

The incredible shrinking chip

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The incredible shrinking chip Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

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 18 Aug 2014
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...

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...

Wilberforce

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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...

Heritage case studies: Scotland

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Heritage case studies: Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
The heritage traditions of Scotland are unique in comparison to the rest of Britain. This unit uses two case studies to demonstrate how heritage...

Aberdulais Falls: A case study in Welsh heritage

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Aberdulais Falls: A case study in Welsh heritage Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit looks at the Aberulais Falls in Wales, and considers the key issues affecting the decision-making of the bodies which are responsible...

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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 26 Apr 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 3600 hours Updated 26 Apr 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 26 Apr 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 26 Apr 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 26 Apr 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 26 Apr 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 26 Apr 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 Updated content
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Apr 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 26 Apr 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 Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Apr 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,...