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Introducing philosophy free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Introducing philosophy

Ever wondered what it would be like to study philosophy? This free course, Introducing philosophy, will introduce you to the teaching methods employed and the types of activities and assignments you would be asked to undertake should you wish to study philosophy and the human situation.

Free course
8 hrs
Start writing fiction: characters and stories free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Start writing fiction: characters and stories

Start writing fiction is a free course that helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.

Free course
24 hrs
Visions of protest: Graffiti free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Visions of protest: Graffiti

This free course, Visions of protest: Graffiti, introduces students to contrasting understandings of graffiti. It draws on a wide range of graffiti examples, including mystery zebras in Hackney, fish graffiti in Morecambe, 'tags' in a Milton Keynes underpass, a McDonald's advert and exhibits at a highly established art gallery, the Tate Modern. Students will consider different arguments for and against the perception of graffiti as a form of art or as vandalism and explore how graffiti has been used as a form of communication and as an articulation of protest.

Free course
8 hrs
The moral equality of combatants free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

The moral equality of combatants

This free course introduces and explores the idea of the moral equality of combatants and discusses the question of the basis of liability to killing in war. It invites students to understand and ------ the epistemological argument for the moral equality of combatants and other arguments for and against this idea.

Free course
16 hrs
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What is poetry? free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

What is poetry?

Have you always wanted to try to write poetry but never quite managed to start? This free course, What is poetry?, is designed to illustrate the techniques behind both the traditional forms of poetry and free verse. You will learn how you can use your own experiences to develop ideas and how to harness your imagination.

Free course
12 hrs
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What is good writing? free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

What is good writing?

Does the idea of essay writing put you off the idea of studying? This free course, What is good writing?, will help you to realise that essays are not to be feared. You will learn how important it is to answer the question that is set and that your style of writing is as communicative as possible.PLEASE NOTE: as part of OpenLearn's ongoing review of content, this course will be deleted on Friday 6th March 2020.

Free course
12 hrs
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War memorials and commemoration free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

War memorials and commemoration

This free course, War memorials and commemoration, gives you the opportunity to practise good study techniques using the theme of commemoration and memorials. It will help you to begin to think about how form influences meaning in the arts and how ideas influence approaches to the humanities.

Free course
4 hrs
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What is heritage? free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

What is heritage?

What is heritage? This free course will introduce you to the concept of heritage and its critical study, exploring the role of heritage in both past and contemporary societies.

Free course
10 hrs
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Communication, management and your own context free course icon Level

Languages 

Communication, management and your own context

In management the ability to communicate clearly and confidently is of key importance. This free course, Communication, management and your own context, looks at the role of language in management communication, and helps you identify areas of English language you may need to develop for work or when studying for a management qualification such as an MBA. It includes reading, writing, listening and speaking activities based on material related to the field of management, and encourages you to relate these to your own work context.

Free course
8 hrs
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Reading free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Reading

Reading is an essential skill for all of us and developing our skills in reading is a good investment. This free course is packed with practical activities which are aimed at making reading more enjoyable and rewarding. The course also includes sections on how to read actively and critically.PLEASE NOTE: as part of OpenLearn's ongoing review of content, this course will be deleted on Friday 28th February 2020.

Free course
8 hrs
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The Enlightenment free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

The Enlightenment

The free course will examine the Enlightenment. To help understand the nature and scale of the cultural changes of the time, we offer a 'map' of the conceptual territory and the intellectual and cultural climate. We will examine the impact of Enlightenment on a variety of areas including science, religion, the classics, art and nature. Finally, we will examine the forces of change which led from Enlightenment to Romanticism.

Free course
16 hrs
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The body in antiquity free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

The body in antiquity

This free course, The body in antiquity, will introduce you to the concept of the body in Greek and Roman civilisation. In recent years, the body has become a steadily growing field in historical scholarship, and Classical Studies is no exception. It is an aspect of the ancient world that can be explored through a whole host of different types of evidence: art, literature and archaeological artefacts to name but a few. The way that people fulfil their basic bodily needs and engage in their daily activities is embedded in the social world around them. The body is a subject that can reveal fascinating aspects of both Greek and Roman culture it will help you to better understand the diversity of ancient civilisation.

Free course
5 hrs
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