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Speaking Shakespeare: How was Shakespeare pronounced when he was writing?

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Dec 2014
How do we know what actors sounded like when they performed premieres of Shakespeare plays? The clues, as ever, are in the lines themselves...

Interstellar: a dangerous fantasy of US colonialism?

Interstellar: a dangerous fantasy of US colonialism? Copyrighted image Credit: Lagron49 | Dreamstime.com - Anne Hathaway Photo
Updated 19 Nov 2014
Anne Hathaway's space movie puts engineers and scientists at the heart of the story - but is let down by an American colonialist message, says...

OU on the BBC: Timewatch - Last Day of World War One

OU on the BBC: Timewatch - Last Day of World War One Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Nov 2014
Michael Palin joins the Timewatch team to discover why troops were still dying after the peace had been signed.

The Great Fall: The effect on the arts

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
The fall of the Berlin Wall had a great impact, especially in the world of the arts. 

The Great Fall: How it happened

The Great Fall: How it happened Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
How did the fall of the Berlin Wall come about? 

The Great Fall: Teacher experience

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
The Open University's Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies shares his experiences as a teacher during the Fall of the...

The Great Fall: Business impact

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
What was the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall on business in Europe?   

Anti-globalisation falters as nationalism rises

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Updated 20 Oct 2014
The rise of movements based around nationalist ideals isn't simply a reaction to globalisation, believes Peter Bloom.

Halloween: What’s the devil got to do with it?

Halloween: What’s the devil got to do with it? Creative commons image Credit: Geckoam under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Oct 2014
Why is Halloween, an evening traditionally used to honour the deceased, now associated with all things spooky and gruesome? 

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Library of Alexandria

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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. Updated content
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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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...

World Heritage

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit provides an overview of World Heritage, its politial and cultural origins and the role of UNESCO and other agencies in identifying and...

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 ...

David Hume

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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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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...

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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 20 Dec 2014
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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Duration 3000 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
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 20 Dec 2014
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 20 Dec 2014
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 20 Dec 2014
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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
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 20 Dec 2014
With this degree course you will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from antiquity to the twentieth century....

The art history dissertation

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Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014 Register by 05 Dec 2014
Complete your MA in Art History with a dissertation of 16,000-18,000 words, on a subject of your choice, with the guidance of your tutor.  

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 20 Dec 2014 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 20 Dec 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
This module uses the concepts of voices, texts and material culture to extend your understanding of specific disciplines in the arts and humanities...