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What makes a great Christmas number one? article icon

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What makes a great Christmas number one?

What will be Christmas Number One this year? Explore the musical components that make up a great festive chart-topper here...

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Learning from the past with historic buildings

How can we work with our building traditions to create designs that will last?

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The Life of Saint Andrew

This extract from Alban Butler's 18th Century work on the lives of the saints tells the story of Scotland's patron saint.

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Getting started on ancient Greek

This free course, Getting started on ancient Greek, offers a taster of the ancient Greek world through the study of one of its most distinctive and enduring features: its language.The course approaches the language methodically, starting with the alphabet and effective ways to memorise it, before building up to complete Greek words and sentences. Along the way, you will see numerous real examples of Greek as written on objects from the ancient world.

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16 hrs
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Literature and the Environment

Can reading encourage us to appreciate the environment and make sustainable changes to our lives?

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Deconstructing the Moors: Black Presence in the United Kingdom Before and During the Tudor Period video icon

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Deconstructing the Moors: Black Presence in the United Kingdom Before and During the Tudor Period

Dr Carol J. Brown-Leonardi delves into the largely unknown history of black settlers in the UK before and during the sixteenth century in this talk and accompanying article.

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A freelance career in the creative arts

A freelance career in the creative arts is a free badged course which lasts 8 weeks, with approximately 3 hours’ study time each week. You can work through the course at your own pace, so if you have more time one week, there’s nothing to stop you pushing on and completing another week’s study. This course has a specific focus on the creative arts, looking at how you can develop your ideas in the cultural industries and the particular issues related to creative freelance careers. The course is pitched at beginner level, for individuals who already have a creative idea but limited knowledge of freelancing and business. You’ll start by enhancing your understanding of what freelancing and running your own business actually means, learning from the experiences of others in your situation through case studies included throughout the course. You’ll reflect on your current position, analysing the advantages and disadvantages of choosing this career path and considering where you want to get to in the future. You’ll learn how to identify your audience and markets and develop your networks and partnerships, exploring innovative ways to promote yourself and create interest and potentially investment in your business. Finally, you will have the opportunity to identify goals and develop an action plan. Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to reflect on your experiences and learning through a series of short activities.

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24 hrs
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National Novel Writing Month

You know how they say everyone's got a novel in them, just waiting to be written? Well now's your chance! Join writers all over the world as they write 50k words in a month as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), here are our top tips and tricks to get a head start.

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When Edward met Bertha: Mental Health, Colonialism, Race and Patriarchy in Jane Eyre article icon

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When Edward met Bertha: Mental Health, Colonialism, Race and Patriarchy in Jane Eyre

Bertha Mason is described as the ‘insane’ ex-wife of Mr Rochester in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. What does the depiction of her tell us about views of mental illness, patriarchal society and ethnicity in the Victorian era? Siobhán Halliday explores in this personal reflection on race and colonialism as prompted by the novel.

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Arts pathway

Welcome to the arts OpenLearn options for YASS students. 

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Is Anthropology of Religion Racist?

Were early studies in anthropology structured by white supremacy and what does the anthropology of religion look like today? Dr Paul-François Tremlett explores...

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Indigenous ceremonies and climate change

How might an Indigenous artwork transform responses to Climate Change? Find out as a Totonac totem travels to COP26.

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