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OpenLearn Live: 25th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
A bus ride that took a country in a new direction and Yahoo gets sold. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 21st July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2016
The author who, choosing between her art and her husband, went for art; when Thatcher visited Poland. Then more free learning through the day.

Who are otherkin - and how should we view them?

Who are otherkin - and how should we view them? Creative commons image Wellcome Library, London under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Jul 2016
People who choose to identify as something other than human can often be the subject of ridicule.  Pedro Feijó has researched how...

The Last Day of World War One

The Last Day of World War One Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Updated 15 Jul 2016
In this episode of Timewatch, Michael Palin explores why soldiers were dying right up to the very start of the armistice.

OpenLearn Live: 15th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Jul 2016
A pioneer in the sky, an expert in reading it, and preserving our journey into it. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 14th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jul 2016
A pioneering librarian; the storming of the Bastille. Then more free learning through the day.

The outgoing Prime Minister and his replacement: Gladstone makes way for Rosebery

The outgoing Prime Minister and his replacement: Gladstone makes way for Rosebery Copyright free image Copyright free: Illustrated London News
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Jul 2016
As Downing Street changes hands again, we dip into the archives to find out what happened in 1894 when ill-health forced William Gladstone to quit...

Full Steam Ahead

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Updated 12 Jul 2016
It’s Full Steam Ahead for historians Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn as they bring back to life the golden age of steam and explore how...

OpenLearn Live: 12th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Jul 2016
A Scillian princess who became Empress consort of Brazil and everything you need to know about Pokemon Go Then more free learning through...

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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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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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 2016
With this degree course you will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from antiquity to the twentieth century....

MA Classical Studies part 1

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Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Jul 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...

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 29 Jul 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...

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 29 Jul 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...