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Writing what you know free course icon level 1: introductory icon

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.

Free course
8 hrs
Medicine transformed: on access to healthcare free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

Medicine transformed: on access to healthcare

Access to healthcare is important to all of us. Did the arrival of state medicine in the twentieth century mean that everyone had access to good medical services? If you fell sick in 1930 where could you get treatment from a GP, a hospital, a nurse? This free course, Medicine transformed: On access to healthcare, shows that in the early ...

Free course
15 hrs
Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century

This free course, Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century, examines the role that Scots played in contributing to the developments in healthcare during the nineteenth century. The radical transformation of medicine in Europe included the admission of women as doctors and the increased numbers of specialised ...

Free course
10 hrs
Introducing the Classical world free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

Introducing the Classical world

How do we learn about the world of the ancient Romans and Greeks? This free course, Introducing the Classical world, will provide you with an insight into the Classical world by introducing you to the various sources of information used by scholars to draw together an image of this fascinating period of history.

Free course
20 hrs
Introducing the philosophy of religion free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

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.

Free course
12 hrs
An introduction to music theory free course icon level 1: introductory icon

History & The Arts

An introduction to music theory

Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of musical theory and notation. This free course, An introduction to music theory, will introduce you to music staves, clefs, rhythmic and pitch values, rhythmic metre and time signatures. This OpenLearn course provides an introduction to music theory pitched at a level equivalent to Grades 1–3 ...

Free course
8 hrs
John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi

This free course, John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi, concentrates on Acts 1 and 2 of John Webster's Renaissance tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi. It focuses on the representation of marriage for love and the social conflicts to which it gives rise. The course is designed to hone your skills of textual analysis.

Free course
12 hrs
Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners

This free course concentrates on Sam Selvon's twentieth-century novel, The Lonely Londoners. It considers the depiction of migration in the text as well as Selvon's treatment of memory as a vital part of the migrant's experience.

Free course
10 hrs
The poetry of Sorley MacLean free course icon level 3: advanced icon

History & The Arts

The poetry of Sorley MacLean

Sorley MacLean (1911-1996) is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of the twentieth century. This free course, The poetry of Sorley MacLean, will introduce you to his poetry and give you an insight into the cultural, historical and political contexts that inform his work. MacLean wrote in Gaelic and the importance of the language to ...

Free course
10 hrs
Continuing classical Latin free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

Continuing classical Latin

This free course, Continuing classical Latin, gives you the opportunity to hear a discussion of the development of the Latin language.

Free course
4 hrs
Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’ free course icon level 3: advanced icon

History & The Arts

Helen Langdon's ‘Caravaggio’

Accounts of Caravaggio's life are filled with suggestions of murder and intrigue. But does knowing more about this dark artist's experiences help us to interpret his art? Or does understanding his motivations cloud their true meaning? This free course, Helen Langdon's 'Caravaggio', explores the biographical monograph, one of the most common ...

Free course
20 hrs
Philosophy: the nature of persons free course icon level 3: advanced icon

History & The Arts

Philosophy: the nature of persons

What is a person? This free course, Philosophy: the nature of persons, examines this philosophical question concerning the nature of personhood. You will examine whether a 'person' is the same as a 'human being', and look at whether it is our free will that in the end defines us as a 'person'.

Free course
15 hrs