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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 07 Nov 2014
Was The Somme as much a disaster as history records? This BBC/OU co-produced drama investigates.

Halloween: What’s the devil got to do with it?

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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...

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 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...

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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 Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
[BETA] 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...

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...

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BA (Honours) History

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BA (Honours) History Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015
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 27 Apr 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 Updated content
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Apr 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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MA History part 2 Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015 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 27 Apr 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 Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Apr 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...

The art history residential school

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The art history residential school Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 150 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015 Register by 08 May 2015
This art history residential school equips you to interpret artworks in an informed and critical manner, with guided visits to major London museums...

Dissertation in mathematics

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Dissertation in mathematics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 27 Apr 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 Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Apr 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 Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Apr 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...