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Perseus: what’s in a name? article icon

History & The Arts

Perseus: what’s in a name?

As the Perseid Meteor Shower reaches its annual peak, Dr Joanna Paul, a Lecturer in Classical Studies, lifts the lid on the details behind its namesake, Perseus, a mythological character whose story has been told time and time again.

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George Orwell and Nineteen Eighty-Four free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law

George Orwell and Nineteen Eighty-Four

This course will introduce you to the work and writings of George Orwell through a study of his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. By studying the book, well-known for its depiction of a totalitarian state, and the techniques, language and oppressive methods used by such states, you will gain a wider understanding of the meaning of totalitarianism. The...

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10 hrs
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Travelling for culture: the Grand Tour free course icon Level

History & The Arts

Travelling for culture: the Grand Tour

In the eighteenth century and into the early part of the nineteenth, considerable numbers of aristocratic men (and occasionally women) travelled across Europe in pursuit of education, social advancement and entertainment, on what was known as the Grand Tour. A central objective was to gain exposure to the cultures of classical antiquity, ...

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8 hrs
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A woman's place is in the Union - a film by the EIS video icon

Society, Politics & Law

A woman's place is in the Union - a film by the EIS

In 2018 the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) began archiving the contributions of former women activists who played a key role in the disputes of the 1970s and 1980s

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Recording women's experiences and resilience during Covid-19 video icon

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Recording women's experiences and resilience during Covid-19

For International Women's Day 2021, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) recorded the experiences of women during Covid-19

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An education in Religion and Worldviews free course icon Level

History & The Arts

An education in Religion and Worldviews

Religious education is a statutory requirement for all school children in England. This course explores how the teaching and scholarly community is working to ensure this curriculum remains relevant for the twenty-first century. It is aimed at parents, faith and community group members and all others who might be interested in the purpose and ...

Free course
3 hrs
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Exploring the boundaries between religion and culture free course icon Level

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Exploring the boundaries between religion and culture

This free course, Exploring the boundaries between religion and culture, engages with questions about the relationship between religion and culture. Are they different things or synonyms that emphasise different ways of looking at the same phenomena? The course uses ‘either/or or both/and’ to point to those possibilities for understanding how ...

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1 hr
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Ecology and economy under the fig tree in South Asian Cities article icon

Society, Politics & Law

Ecology and economy under the fig tree in South Asian Cities

Trees in South Asia are protected for their religious symbolism, so you’ll find them in crowded cities. Shonil Bhagwat looks at their natural and cultural heritage.

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Why not ‘World Religions’? free course icon Level

History & The Arts

Why not ‘World Religions’?

The idea that there are five or six ‘major’ or ‘world’ religions is so common that it seems natural to us today. What makes something a ‘World Religion’? Why do we group some religions in this way? You’ll explore these questions in this free course. You’ll also look at the potential issues with classifying religions like this and why scholars ...

Free course
1 hr
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Timeline: LGBTQ History activity icon

Society, Politics & Law

Timeline: LGBTQ History

Explore some snapshots of LGBTQ history with our timeline. 

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Young people and religion: creative learning with history free course icon Level

History & The Arts

Young people and religion: creative learning with history

This free course, Young people and religion: creative learning with history, will train teachers and others working with young people on how to engage them in learning about religious diversity past and present through the creative process of making short, creative films (Docutubes). It is based on the RETOPEA (Religious Toleration and Peace) ...

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12 hrs
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History & The Arts

National Storytelling Week

Are you a natural storyteller or do you fancy writing a novel? Look no further than here where we have an abundance of free resources for National Storytelling Week.

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