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Shakespeare: For All Time? video icon

History & The Arts 

Shakespeare: For All Time?

A current production of Julius Caesar is causing controversy in the USA for allegedly depicting Donald Trump's murder, but what does this tell us about the nature of Shakespeare's plays?

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10 mins
What is Britain's most sacred site? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team video icon

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What is Britain's most sacred site?

Britian is scattered with sacred sites - why do we feel the resonance of ancient religion?

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5 mins
What is a confidence and supply government? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Photos.com article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

What is a confidence and supply government?

One again, there's suggestions we might find ourselves with a confidence-and-supply government. What does that actually mean - and what does it mean for you? Here's what we thought during the 2015 election.

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Election days: 1910 - Asquith rejects foreign interference Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Bain News Service article icon

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Election days: 1910 - Asquith rejects foreign interference

Campaigning for re-election in Scotland, Prime Minister Herbert Asquith tells foreign nations to keep their opinions to themselves...

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Art and life in ancient Egypt Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Trustees of the British Museum free course icon Level 1 icon

History & The Arts 

Art and life in ancient Egypt

Around 1350 BC, the Egyptian grain accountant Nebamun commissioned the walls of his tomb-chapel to be painted with scenes depicting his afterlife, and the world in which he lived. Nebamun worked in the temple of Amun at Karnak during the reign of Amenhotep III (c. 1390-1352 BC). Amenhotep was one of the most important kings of the 18th Dynasty, one of the high points of Egyptian wealth, but his reign preceded a period of dramatic upheaval in Egyptian society. In 1820 eleven pieces were removed from the walls of the tomb-chapel, location now unknown, and were acquired by the British Museum, where they are now iconic masterpieces of the collection. This free course explores the history and meaning of these paintings.

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30 hrs
After Manchester: Can you make venues safer? Creative commons image Icon Hannah under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

After Manchester: Can you make venues safer?

The bombing of a crowd leaving a venue can be hard to prevent. David Lowe asks if we need new strategies.

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History & The Arts 

Witches in popular culture

Western culture can't seem to shake off portraying women as witches. Dr Chloé Germaine Buckley wonders why.

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5 mins
Ramadan Mubarak! Creative commons image Icon By vetman [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license article icon

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Ramadan Mubarak!

27th May - 25th June marks the Muslim observance, Ramadan. Discover how this isn't just a time for abstaining but a time for celebration while showing devotion to Islam.

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How have the Conservatives overtaken Labour for the British Indian vote? Creative commons image Icon Number 10 under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

How have the Conservatives overtaken Labour for the British Indian vote?

Traditionally, Labour has been able to count on support from British Indians - but not any more. Rakib Ehsan asks: what's changed?

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Has media literacy become self-destructive? Creative commons image Icon 1uffster (Jeanie) under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license article icon

Education & Development 

Has media literacy become self-destructive?

Danah Boyd, founder of Data & Society, asks if American society has become too distrustful of experts

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Why is the media still fascinated by Brady and Hindley's crimes? Creative commons image Icon David Brown under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license article icon

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Why is the media still fascinated by Brady and Hindley's crimes?

Half a century on, the Moors Murders remain a fixed point of fascination and horror for the UK media. Two Manchester-based academics explain why.

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Exploring books for children: words and pictures Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Courtesy of Jackie Tuck free course icon Level 2 icon

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Exploring books for children: words and pictures

Many people have fond memories of the stories they encountered in childhood, perhaps especially of those wonderful picture books and illustrated tales which fired our young imaginations and transported us to magical worlds. To an adult’s eye, some picture books may seem remarkably simple, even oversimplified. However, in this free course, Exploring books for children: words and pictures, you will learn how children’s books use words and pictures together in remarkably sophisticated ways to communicate both to young and older readers, drawing on examples from the classics, such as Beatrix Potter’s Tales of Peter Rabbit, and from contemporary children’s authors such as Anthony Browne, author of Gorilla.

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8 hrs
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