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Canals: The Making of a Nation - Find out more

Canals: The Making of a Nation - Find out more Copyrighted image Credit: © BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
Find out more about how the history of canals shaped a nation's financial system, workers' rights and civil engineering.

Canals: The Making of a Nation

Canals: The Making of a Nation Copyrighted image Credit: © BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
Liz McIvor looks at who built the nation's canal network, who funded it, those who worked on it and how they were regenerated following WWII.

After Waterloo: What happened next?

After Waterloo: What happened next? Copyright free image Credit: Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Introductory level Updated 01 Jul 2015
After the collapse of Napoleon's army two hundred years ago, what happened next? We catch up with the news from July 3rd, 1715

The ascent of woman

The ascent of woman Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Jul 2015
Join us for a series that travels the continents over 20,000 years uncovering the incredible stories of women who changed human history. 

World-Changing Women: The Biographies

World-Changing Women: The Biographies Copyright free image Credit: Public Domain
Introductory level Updated 13 Mar 2015
Delve through these courageous tales of women who changed the world and read the full story the history books left out.

How women changed the world

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How women changed the world Copyrighted image Credit: Stephen Collins
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 03 Mar 2015
Who wrote the first novel over 1000 years ago? Who disguised herself as a man to explore the new world? Take this interactive world tour to...

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? 

Doctor Who and human history

Doctor Who and human history Creative commons image Credit: Doctor Who Spoilers under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Nov 2013
In the Doctor Who historicals, the bad guys often won - no matter what the Doctor tried. Tony Keen looks at why the Doctor can not change the human...

Design Behind the Bike

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Design Behind the Bike Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 45 mins Updated 05 Nov 2013
The Design Behind the Bike Series explores the effect of science and technology on cycling and explores how the development in technology has...

The History of English in Ten Minutes

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The History of English in Ten Minutes Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 22 Jun 2011
Where did the phrase ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts? Voiced by Clive...

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Taking your first steps into higher education

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Taking your first steps into higher education Copyrighted image Credit: Image courtesy of chanpipat at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this badged course is for you. ...

Introducing engineering

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Introducing engineering Copyright free image Credit: VIADGRIN shutterstock
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
Engineering encompasses a broad range of disciplines from design to manufacturing. This unit introduces a number of key themes that explore how...

The Birth of Comedy

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The Birth of Comedy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 15 Aug 2013
Take the topical satire of Have I Got News For You and mix thoroughly with the adolescent humour of The Inbetweeners, add in a healthy dose of...

Understanding international development

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Understanding international development
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 29 Jul 2013
This unit introduces and explores International development by considering the three themes referred to as PASH - Power and agency, Scale and...

Scattering and tunnelling

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Scattering and tunnelling Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 31 Mar 2011
Scattering is fundamental to almost everything we know about the world, such as why the sky is blue. Tunnelling is entirely quantum-mechanical and...

The Arts Past and Present: Ireland

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The Arts Past and Present: Ireland Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 50 mins Updated 09 Feb 2010
Do we use our buildings to declare who we are? How far does our heritage influence our collective identity? This insightful album reveals Ireland's...

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BA (Honours) History

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BA (Honours) History Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
With this degree course you will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from antiquity to the twentieth century....

Exploring the classical world

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Exploring the classical world Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 31 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Develop your interest in classical Greece and Rome, studying everything from Homer to Roman social history, and evaluating ancient sources from...

Arts and languages Access module

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Arts and languages Access module Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Increase your confidence, improve your study skills, and prepare yourself for a range of qualifications in art history, English, English language...

Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity

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Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 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...

MA History part 2

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Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 30 Jan 2016
This course focuses on the planning and writing of a dissertation which will test your ability to present a sustained academic argument in clear,...

MA Art History part 1

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MA Art History part 1 Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module explores the foundational concepts and recent developments that have shaped art history, with reference to subjects ranging from...

Worlds of English

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Worlds of English Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This course looks at the history, diversity, and use of English around the world and explores the origins of the English language, how it has...

Dissertation in mathematics

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Dissertation in mathematics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 14 Aug 2015
Undertake independent study of the history of modern geometry or advances in approximation theory, culminating in a dissertation on a topic of your...

Exploring history: medieval to modern 1400-1900

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Exploring history: medieval to modern 1400-1900 Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
A wide-ranging introduction to the study of European and Atlantic history – medieval to modern – and the techniques of professional historians,...

From Enlightenment to Romanticism c.1780-1830

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From Enlightenment to Romanticism c.1780-1830 Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Develop your critical understanding of this crucially formative period in modern European history, through key texts associated with the epoch...