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History & The Arts 

Life After Death

Suzanne Newcombe discusses 'what happens to you after you die?'

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5 mins
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Writing what you know

Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what you know, will help you to develop your perception of the world about you and enable you to see the familiar things in everyday life in a new light. You will also learn how authors use their own personal histories to form the basis of their work.

Free course
8 hrs
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History & The Arts

Writing what you know

Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what you know, will help you to develop your perception of the world about you and enable you to see the familiar things in everyday life in a new light. You will also learn how authors use their own personal histories to form the basis of their work.

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English: skills for learning

English: skills for learning, is a free course for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the English reading and writing skills needed to succeed. You will learn through a range of engaging activities aimed at extending your existing language skills.

Free course
24 hrs
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English: skills for learning

English: skills for learning, is a free course for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the English reading and writing skills needed to succeed. You will learn through a range of engaging activities aimed at extending your existing language skills.

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English: skills for learning

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Science, Maths & Technology 

What does Moon music sound like?

Listen to the Earth’s Reflection – a specially commissioned piece of music composed by Yazz Ahmed in collaboration with Dr Mahesh Anand.

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10 mins
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Exploring Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd

This free course, Exploring Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd, is designed to tell you something about Hardy's background, and to introduce you to the pleasures of reading a nineteenth-century novel. Why do we believe in fictional characters and care about what happens to them? You will discover some of the techniques that Hardy uses to achieve an illusion of real people and their relationships in a real world. Through analysing narrative you will think about who the narrator is, and the importance of the narrative point of view in telling the story, as well as understanding how characterisation, the use of dialogue, time and locations work within the novel. Watch the following video in which Sue Asbee, the course author, introduces the course.  

Free course
6 hrs
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Exploring Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd

This free course, Exploring Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd, is designed to tell you something about Hardy's background, and to introduce you to the pleasures of reading a nineteenth-century novel. Why do we believe in fictional characters and care about what happens to them? You will discover some of the techniques that Hardy uses to achieve an illusion of real people and their relationships in a real world. Through analysing narrative you will think about who the narrator is, and the importance of the narrative point of view in telling the story, as well as understanding how characterisation, the use of dialogue, time and locations work within the novel. Watch the following video in which Sue Asbee, the course author, introduces the course.  

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World Snake Day: snakes in religion

To celebrate World Snake Day (16th July), the OU's Graham Harvey explores how snakes have slithered sinuously through sacred ceremonies and stories for many millennia.

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Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

Dr Helen Czerski takes us on a sonic odyssey through the sounds of the universe.

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Introducing the philosophy of religion

In this free course, Introducing the philosophy of religion, Timothy Chappell, Professor of Philosophy, asks what the words 'God' and 'religion' mean, and what it means to ask philosophical questions about them.

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12 hrs
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Introducing the philosophy of religion

In this free course, Introducing the philosophy of religion, Timothy Chappell, Professor of Philosophy, asks what the words 'God' and 'religion' mean, and what it means to ask philosophical questions about them.

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