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  • Dutch painting of the Golden Age

    Seventeenth-century Dutch painting stands out from other art of the same period and even more so from that of previous centuries on account of its...

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    4 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    26 Jan 2017

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    Dutch painting of the Golden Age Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Wallace Collection/The Bridgeman Art Library
    Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 26 Jan 2017
    Seventeenth-century Dutch painting stands out from other art of the same period...
  • Wilberforce

    William Wilberforce, the politician and religious writer, was instrumental in the abolition of slavery in Britain. This free course explores...

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    16 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    18 Oct 2016

  • Wilberforce

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    Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 18 Oct 2016
    William Wilberforce, the politician and religious writer, was instrumental in the...
  • Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael

    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...

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    10 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    04 May 2016

  • Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael

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    Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael Copyrighted image Icon 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...
  • The Enlightenment

    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...

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    16 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    14 Apr 2016

  • The Enlightenment

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    Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
    The free course will examine the Enlightenment. To help understand the nature and...
  • Robert Owen and New Lanark

    Childcare, education, working conditions, healthcare, crime: these issues are hotly debated in today's society. They are also issues that Robert...

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    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    14 Apr 2016

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    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
    Childcare, education, working conditions, healthcare, crime: these issues are...
  • Napoleonic paintings

    In this free course, Napoleonic paintings, we will examine a range of Napoleonic imagery by David, Gros and a number of other artists, beginning...

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    16 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Apr 2016

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    Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
    In this free course, Napoleonic paintings, we will examine a range of Napoleonic...
  • Schubert's Lieder: Settings of Goethe's poems

    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 ...

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    16 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Apr 2016

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    Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
    This free course, Schubert's Lieder: Settings of Goethe's poems, looks at the...
  • David Hume

    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...

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    16 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    14 Apr 2016

  • David Hume

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    This free course, David Hume, examines Hume's reasons for being complacent in the...
  • Goya

    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...

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    5 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Apr 2016

  • Goya

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    Goya Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
    What influenced Goya? Did Napoleon's invasion of Spain alter the course of Goya's...
  • French Revolution

    This free course provides basic historical background to the French Revolution. It will show that the Revolution accelerated intellectual, cultural...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Apr 2016

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    Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
    This free course provides basic historical background to the French Revolution. It...

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    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Feb 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Feb 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Feb 2017
    Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Feb 2017
    The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Feb 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Humanities

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Feb 2017
    This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and...

    Voices, texts and material culture

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    Voices, texts and material culture Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Feb 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This module uses the concepts of voices, texts and material culture to extend your...

    Exploring art and visual culture

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    Exploring art and visual culture Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Feb 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This module will help you develop an extensive knowledge of art and of the debates...

    Renaissance art reconsidered

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    Renaissance art reconsidered Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Feb 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Renaissance art wasn’t just confined to Italy, as traditional courses would have...

    The arts past and present

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    The arts past and present Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Beauneveu: Giraudon/The Bridgeman Art Library; Kandinsky: © The Art Institute of Chicago. © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2012
    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Feb 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Study a broad range of arts subject areas (from history to philosophy, music to...