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OU on the BBC: The Somme - From Defeat To Victory

OU on the BBC: The Somme - From Defeat To Victory Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jul 2014
Was The Somme as much a disaster as history records? This BBC/OU co-produced drama investigates.

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...

Moons of the Solar System

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Moons of the Solar System Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 29 Aug 2011
How did the solar system form? Are we alone in the Universe? What are alien atmospheres made of? These questions can be answered by studying the...

Multiculturalism Bites

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Multiculturalism Bites Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 3 hours 15 mins Updated 08 Jul 2011
Multiculturalism is one of the most vexing political issues of our day. How can people with very different values and customs live alongside each...

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...

Secret History of Sterilisation

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Secret History of Sterilisation Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 16 Sep 2010
The history of the sterilisation of women with learning disabilities is highly controversial and remains, to a large extent, a secret. Preventing...

Fossil Detectives

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Fossil Detectives Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 13 Apr 2010
This event took place on 21st October 2008 and was hosted by Hermione Cockburn, presenter of the brand-new OU/BBC series Fossil Detectives....

Publishing The Origin of Species

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Publishing The Origin of Species Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 01 Apr 2010
John Murray VII tells the fascinating story of how his ancestor, John Murray III, was offered the manuscript of Charles Darwin's The Origin of...

The Internet at 40

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The Internet at 40 Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 45 mins Updated 11 Feb 2010
2009 is the 40th anniversary of the first computer network - the precursor of the internet - and the 20th anniversary of the brilliant idea that...

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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...

Inside the International Criminal Court

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Inside the International Criminal Court Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 27 Feb 2013
What is the role of the International Criminal Court (ICC)? How will the ICC develop in the 21st century? The ICC was created in 2002 as a...

Art history: early modern

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Art history: early modern Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 23 Mar 2012
The world of the early modern period (C10th - C16th) was one of religious obsession, power struggles and plunder. But it was also a world of...

Art history: C17th to C19th

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Art history: C17th to C19th Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Intermediate level Duration 50 mins Updated 23 Mar 2012
This collection transports you to Europe of 1600 to 1850. Many of the foundations of European culture were being laid: commerce, arts institutions,...

Art history: modern and contemporary

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Art history: modern and contemporary Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Intermediate level Duration 55 mins Updated 23 Mar 2012
Baffled by modern art and architecture? You’re not alone! This collection gives new insight into today’s shifting kaleidoscope of visual culture...

Digital Nepal

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Digital Nepal Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 15 Mar 2012
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, so just how has it managed to develop a wireless network and promote innovation? This...

The Four Generations of Computers

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The Four Generations of Computers Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 02 Mar 2012
Computers play a huge part in almost all of our lives, but how did these machines become so powerful and important? And what were some of the...

Exploring Greek vases

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Exploring Greek vases Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Feb 2012
What can you learn about an archaic community from the art they created? Can the way in which their artefacts are displayed enhance the experience...

9/11: Attack on the Wires

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9/11: Attack on the Wires Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Sep 2011
What happens when one of the worst terrorist attacks in history strikes the densest cluster of networks on the planet? How did the largest...

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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 30 Aug 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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Aug 2014
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

BA (Honours) English Literature

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BA (Honours) English Literature Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2014
English literature is a broad and accessible subject that is important in its own right and offers connections to a wide range of other kinds of...

BA (Honours) History

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BA (Honours) History Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2014
With this degree course you will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from antiquity to the twentieth century....

Arts and languages Access module

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Arts and languages Access module Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 30 Aug 2014 Register by 11 Sep 2014
Increase your confidence, improve your study skills, and prepare yourself for a range of qualifications in art history, English, English language...

The art history dissertation

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The art history dissertation Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 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 30 Aug 2014 Register by 11 Sep 2014
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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MA History part 2 Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2014 Register by 30 Jan 2015
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 Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2014 Register by 11 Sep 2014
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 Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2014 Register by 11 Sep 2014
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...