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Understanding experiments: Taking it further

Understanding experiments: Taking it further Creative commons image Credit: Milosz1 under CC BY 2.0 licence New content
Updated 19 Sep 2014
Start thinking like a scientist by carrying out simple physics, chemistry and biology experiments. 

Poetry Prescription

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Poetry Prescription Creative commons image Credit: Sarah Browning under CC-BY-NC-2.0 licence Updated content
Introductory level Updated 18 Sep 2014
Whether you're feeling loving, adventurous or scared, Poetry Prescription will find you the perfect poem to reflect your mood. 

Hestia Project map and partners’ resources

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Introductory level Updated 17 Sep 2014
Follow the guidance on how to make the most of the Hestia Project map and explore the links to find out more about Hestia Project partners, to take...

Classical studies: it's more than the words

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Introductory level Updated 17 Sep 2014
When thinking about ancient literature and historiography, we need to consider more than just the words written, but the aims of the author, role...

Solon upsets the wealthy Croesus

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Intermediate level Updated 14 Jul 2014
Consider the answer to Croesus’ question of him about ‘happiness’ before exploring possible routes for Solon’s journey, comparing them with...

Understanding Classical terms

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Introductory level Updated 11 Jul 2014
Anyone reading and writing about the Classical world needs to make various choices concerning consistency in defining dates, spelling  and use...

Crowdsourced annotation: what do you think?

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Crowdsourced annotation: what do you think? Copyrighted image Credit: Trustees of the British Museum Updated content
Intermediate level Updated 17 Sep 2014
Take a look at 'crowdsourced' resources to help understand ‘The Histories’ alongside the Hestia project. We direct you to other resources so that...

Consulting the oracle at Delphi

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Intermediate level Updated 17 Sep 2014
Explore the ‘riddles’ of the oracle through the words of Herodotus, and consider the power of the Pythian priestess. The utterances of the oracle...

‘Lydios logos’: the story of Croesus

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‘Lydios logos’: the story of Croesus
Intermediate level Updated 13 Jul 2014
Herodotus tells the story of Croesus in the first tale, or ‘logos’, of his great work ‘The Histories’. Explore the contradictions in his narrative...

'As rich as Croesus'

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Introductory level Updated 16 Sep 2014
Croesus' legendary wealth leads to the expression 'rich as Croesus’ and according to Herodotus, Croesus was the first monarch to mint gold and...

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Introduction to computer forensics and investigations

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Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 18 Sep 2014
This unit is an easy introduction to some of the issues both in data privacy and computer forensics - with a few easily available tools people can...

The business of football

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The business of football Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 Sep 2014
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Exploring the boundaries of international law

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Masters level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 Sep 2014
This unit of study is designed to provide you with an introduction to key concepts which underpin your study of international law. It introduces...

Stakeholders in marketing and finance

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Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 03 Sep 2014
This unit comprises two sections introducing the idea of customers and stakeholders for financial information. It also contains two activities in...

An introduction to social work

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Aug 2014
This short course will introduce you to the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work...

Musée du Louvre

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Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 27 Aug 2014
The Musée du Louvre houses 35,000 works of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, but how were they brought together as a collection?...

Contemporary Wales

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
This unit provides an accessible and lively social science account of contemporary Wales. It introduces key aspects of the economy, society,...

Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
In this unit you will learn about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by psychologists. You will read about the famous study on...

Personal information

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Personal information Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
This unit will enable you to discuss personal information at an intermediate level of Spanish.

Lebenszyklen

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Lebenszyklen Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
The thematic focus of this unit is people in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the world they live in. You use audio and text to practise German...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 19 Sep 2014
If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course provides a good basic introduction and equips you with the skills...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 15 Sep 2014
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Certificate in Physics

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Certificate in Physics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 900 hours Updated 15 Sep 2014
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)

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Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 15 Sep 2014
If you’re already a graduate, with a first degree or masters degree in any subject from a UK university or recognised overseas university, you can...

Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 15 Sep 2014
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Top-up BA Early Years

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Top-up BA Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 19 Sep 2014
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 19 Sep 2014
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...