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

Halloween: What’s the devil got to do with it? Creative commons image Geckoam under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
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? 

Design Essentials: are you sitting comfortably?

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Design Essentials: are you sitting comfortably? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 26 Aug 2014
Theo Zamenopoulos, of the OU design faculty, offers a glimpse into the ideological and historical context of design ideas and principles. With Emma...

Doctor Who and human history

Doctor Who and human history Creative commons image Doctor Who Spoilers under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
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...

What makes a great speech?

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What makes a great speech? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 16 Aug 2013
Throughout history great orators have been able to capture a shift in the zeitgeist, and tap into an audience’s emotions. Speeches by John. F....

The History of English in Ten Minutes

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The History of English in Ten Minutes Copyrighted image Copyright: 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...

Black British Jazz

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Black British Jazz Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Oct 2009
What is Black British Jazz? This short film explores the research carried out by The Open University research team led by Dr Jason Toynbee who has...

The hidden history of learning disability

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The hidden history of learning disability Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 29 Oct 2009
How important is oral history in understanding the life of people with learning disabilities? This audio, recorded in July 2009 at the Social...

Building on History: The Church in London

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Building on History: The Church in London Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Oct 2009
How will the church maintain its identity in the face of religious decline in the modern world? This is addressed in Building On History, a...

Spectacular Flirtations

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Spectacular Flirtations Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Mar 2009
Open University Art History professor, Gill Perry takes us through The National Portrait Gallery and explores the relationship between 18th Century...

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Science: microbes

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Science: microbes Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Updated 08 Feb 2016 Register by 01 Feb 2016
Explore the extraordinary world of microbes – the history of their discovery, their dangers, their practical uses and even the possibility of their...

Exploring the classical world

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Exploring the classical world Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Develop your interest in classical Greece and Rome, studying everything from Homer to Roman social history, and evaluating ancient sources from...