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Breaking News: Wellington defeats Napoleon at Waterloo

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Jun 2015
The Battle of Waterloo on 18th June, 1815, is a key date in British history. But how was it reported at the time? As you'd expect, not impartially....

O' Fortuna: Can you survive Early Modern Europe?

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 10 Jun 2015
Pit yourself against fate by embarking on a journey into Europe during one of its most volatile periods: 1500-1700. Can your historical...

King Charles I, 1600 - 1649

King Charles I, 1600 - 1649 Copyrighted image Credit: Wark Clements
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jun 2015
First he lost his parliament; then his throne; then his head. Find out more about the King of England during this bloody era. 

Charles I

Charles I Copyrighted image Credit: Wark Clements
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jun 2015
Vain, arrogant, short-sighted and cruel. Meet King Charles I

Myth making at the movies - Musings on Mad Max: Fury Road

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2015
The film Mad Max: Fury Road is set in the dystopian future, but is the narrative a recycled story from Roman and Greek times? N.B. contains...

What was the war in 1864 about?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 May 2015
As Danish drama 1864 comes to BBC Four, what was the war at the heart of the series all about?

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
Gabriel Weston investigates the world of the forensic scientist and the murders they've helped to solve.

What is forensic science?

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
We've all seen CSI, but what exactly is forensic science? Martin Bootman explains.

James Dickson: The second youngest MP since the Great Reform Act

James Dickson: The second youngest MP since the Great Reform Act Copyrighted image Credit: Susanaaraujo | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 11 May 2015
The story of the youngest MP elected between The Great Reform Act and 2015 is a twisty one of parental wrongdoing and self-sacrifice.

VE day half a world away: How New Zealand celebrated victory in Europe

VE day half a world away: How New Zealand celebrated victory in Europe Creative commons image Credit: Pikerslanefarm under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 06 May 2015
After years of war, New Zealanders reacted to the fall of Berlin by cutting loose - but not too loose. As the official history explains, it...

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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 20 Apr 2015
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...

Plato on tradition and belief

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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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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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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...

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...

The Enlightenment

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
The unit will examine the Enlightenment. To help understand the nature and scale of the cultural changes of the time, we offer a 'map' of the...

Robert Owen and New Lanark

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Childcare, education, working conditions, healthcare, crime … these issues are hotly debated in today's society. They are also issues that Robert...

Schubert's Lieder: Settings of Goethe's Poems

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit looks at the short poems in German that were set to music by Franz Schubert (1797–1828) for a single voice with piano, a genre known as ...

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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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 2015 Register by 30 Jan 2016
This course focuses on the planning and writing of a dissertation which will test your ability to present a sustained academic argument in clear,...