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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: 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

The Great Fall: Teacher experience Creative commons image Credit: VivaoPictures via Flickr
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...

Anti-globalisation falters as nationalism rises

Anti-globalisation falters as nationalism rises Creative commons image Credit: Lohen 11 via Wikmedia under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 20 Oct 2014
The rise of movements based around nationalist ideals isn't simply a reaction to globalisation, believes Peter Bloom.

Capitalism: Beyond repair or awaiting a fix?

Capitalism: Beyond repair or awaiting a fix? Creative commons image Credit: Dominic Alves under CC-BY licence
Duration 15 mins Updated 03 Oct 2014
The 2008 financial crisis still thrums underneath political debate six years on - have we missed a chance to rework capitalism? Does it even need...

Books on bikes: Cycling in literature

Books on bikes: Cycling in literature Creative commons image Credit: Public domain image
Updated 03 Jul 2014
If all that activity is too much for you,  why not settle down with one of our choices of great writing about cycling?

Small Data: Changes in the basket of items measuring inflation, 2004-2014

Small Data: Changes in the basket of items measuring inflation, 2004-2014 Creative commons image Credit: Andrew Eadie under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Updated 17 Jun 2014
Each year, the Office of National Statistics tweaks the contents of the baskets used to track inflation. What gets added or dropped tells how our...

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Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga

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Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 14 hours Updated 30 Jul 2013
From Rome to Pompeii and Ephesus the excavation of Roman remains is well known, but what of Roman remains in Africa? This unit looks at the Roman...

The origins of the wars of the three kingdoms

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Jul 2011
From Catholic rebellion to Civil War, what happened during the latter years of the reign of Charles I that caused people to take up arms against...

Late nineteenth-century Britain and America: The people and the empire

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 24 Jun 2011
In this unit we shall look more closely at the evidence available to assess the truth of this argument. Were the working people, as opposed to the...

The Roman Empire: Introducing some key terms

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Advanced level Duration 14 hours Updated 23 Jun 2011
This unit will define basic concepts and terms that are essential for an understanding of the culture and identity of the Roman empire. Terms such...

The African diaspora: An archaeological perspective

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 20 Jun 2011
In many ways the African diaspora is a contentious episode from the past (and indeed present). This unit explores why this area of research has...