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Making sense of art history

You can prepare for this free course, Making sense of art history, by looking around you. It's likely that wherever you are you'll be able to see some images. It's also likely that many of these will be intended to have some sort of effect on you. In the course itself you will be exploring the power of images via a study of contemporary art from the 1980s onwards. Taking the time to look beyond the immediate appearance of an art work to consider what the artist might be trying to say can be immensely rewarding.

Free course
5 hrs

History & The Arts

Making sense of art history

You can prepare for this free course, Making sense of art history, by looking around you. It's likely that wherever you are you'll be able to see some images. It's also likely that many of these will be intended to have some sort of effect on you. In the course itself you will be exploring the power of images via a study of contemporary art from the 1980s onwards. Taking the time to look beyond the immediate appearance of an art work to consider what the artist might be trying to say can be immensely rewarding.

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Nature & Environment 

Do animals really raise human babies as their own?

Myth, history and popular culture tells of children raised by wolves and more. Do these stories have any basis in truth?

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5 mins
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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

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.

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Introducing philosophy

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Education & Development 

The secret history of teenage bedrooms

In this transcript from Thinking Allowed, Laurie Taylor and guests discuss the role of the teenage bedroom across history - with a little help from The Beach Boys. 

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Society, Politics & Law 

Review: Chavs - The Demonization of the Working Class

John Booth reviews Owen Jones' Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class and asks how the image of the bulldog breed turned into a narrative of feral children.

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Putting baby in a context: Stephen Lee Naish's Deconstructing Dirty Dancing

In Deconstructing Dirty Dancing, Stephen Lee Naish unpacks the enduring popularity of the film Dirty Dancing, released to mixed reviews in 1987 before going on to become a global hit. Offering a comparative study of the film with David Lynch’s Blue Velvet before a scene-by-scene analysis and reflections on the film’s personal resonance for the author, the book is an idiosyncratic and accessible take on this cultural phenomenon, finds Penny Montague.

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Beyond the babble: social broadcasting and digital citizenship

The expression of emotion is key to the spread of declarations online. But can online identities really address the difficult political realities of migration?

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Blue Monday: An OpenLearn reading list

Blue chat for a blue day: collecting some thoughts on the marketing wheeze that is Blue Monday.

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Henry Tudor: a Welsh hero…?

Dr Richard Marsden of the Open University’s History department recently contributed to Putting Henry on the Map, a BBC Radio Wales programme about the execution of an eight-foot bronze statue of King Henry VII of England at his birthplace of Pembroke in West Wales. Here, he discusses what the campaign for the statue can tell us about the ambiguous reputation of Henry in Wales today. 

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What is a Tunisian dig telling us about female mobility of the Phoenicians?

DNA and archaology are coming together to reveal how multicultural a great Empire was.

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