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The Real Wonder Women

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The Real Wonder Women Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
Take a look at 60 of the world's most influential and pioneering women over the past 100 years.

Armistice Day

Armistice Day Copyrighted image Copyright: Luckynick | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Nov 2015
The armistice which marked the end of the First World War took effect at 11am on 11th November 1918. For Remembrance Day, here's a...

The History of Money

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The History of Money Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 05 Nov 2015
Where did money come from? How did people trade before inventing money? Was it a masterstroke or madness (or both) to let banks create money? ...

Daughters of Spain timeline

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Daughters of Spain timeline
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Oct 2015
Meet some of Spain’s extraordinary women through the centuries in this interactive timeline.

Ireland with Simon Reeve

Ireland with Simon Reeve Copyrighted image Copyright: The BBC
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 26 Oct 2015
Ireland with Simon Reeve explores the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in a new two-part series for BBC Two.

Canals: The Making of a Nation - Find out more

Canals: The Making of a Nation - Find out more Copyrighted image Copyright: © BBC
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 Copyright: © BBC
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 The Second...

After Waterloo: What happened next?

After Waterloo: What happened next? Copyright free image Copyright free: 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 Copyright: 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. 

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Understanding international development

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Understanding international development
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
This free course, Understanding international development, introduces and explores international development by considering the three themes...

Scattering and tunnelling

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Scattering and tunnelling Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
Scattering is fundamental to almost everything we know about the world, such as why the sky is blue. Tunnelling is entirely quantum-mechanical and...

Introducing engineering

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Introducing engineering Copyright free image Copyright free: VIADGRIN shutterstock
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
Engineering encompasses a broad range of disciplines from design to manufacturing. This free course, Introducing engineering, introduces a number...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

BA (Honours) History

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BA (Honours) History Copyrighted image Copyright: Firebrandphotography | Dreamstime.com
Duration 3600 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016
With this degree course you will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from antiquity to the twentieth century....

MA History part 1

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MA History part 1 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 1200 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
Explore British and Irish histories from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries and increase your understanding of a range of key approaches to...

Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity

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Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module introduces Europe’s economic, social, medical and cultural history, as well as political and military developments from the First World...

Dissertation in mathematics

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Dissertation in mathematics Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016 Register by 12 Aug 2016
Undertake independent study of the history of modern geometry or advances in approximation theory, culminating in a dissertation on a topic of your...

Worlds of English

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Worlds of English Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
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...

Arts and languages Access module

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Arts and languages Access module Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Increase your confidence, improve your study skills, and prepare yourself for a range of qualifications in art history, English, English language...

Exploring history: medieval to modern 1400-1900

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Exploring history: medieval to modern 1400-1900 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
A wide-ranging introduction to the study of European and Atlantic history – medieval to modern – and the techniques of professional historians,...

MA Art History part 1

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MA Art History part 1 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
This module explores the foundational concepts and recent developments that have shaped art history, with reference to subjects ranging from...

MA History part 2

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MA History part 2 Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016 Register by 03 Feb 2017
This course focuses on the planning and writing of a dissertation which will test your ability to present a sustained academic argument in clear,...