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Exploring philosophy: faking nature free course icon level 3: advanced icon

History & The Arts

Exploring philosophy: faking nature

Commercial exploitation of nature, such as mining, fracking, or generating hydro-electric power, often damages the way the natural environment looks. What if the environment could be restored to exactly how it looked before? Would that mean that no damage had been done, that the natural environment was as valuable as it had been before the ...

Free course
9 hrs
Methodism in Wales, 1730–1850 free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

Methodism in Wales, 1730–1850

In this free course, Methodism in Wales, 1730–1850, you will learn about a neglected strand of Welsh history and identity. By the mid-nineteenth century, Calvinistic Methodism had become the most popular religious denomination in Wales and a mainstay of Welsh national identity. Where did this new form of religion come from? Why did it become so ...

Free course
4 hrs
Introducing Homer's Iliad free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

Introducing Homer's Iliad

This free course, Introducing Homer's Iliad, focuses on the epic poem telling the story of the Trojan War. It begins with the wider cycle of myths of which the Iliad was a part. It then looks at the story of the poem itself and its major theme of Achilles' anger, in particular in the first seven lines. It examines some of the characteristic ...

Free course
6 hrs
Recording music and sound free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

Recording music and sound

This free course, Recording music and sound, provides an historical introduction to music and sound recording in the creative industries and offers some guidance about making your own recordings. Many of the processes that have been developed and the issues that have been raised in the first 150 years of recording are still relevant today, and a...

Free course
8 hrs
Exploring Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

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 ...

Free course
6 hrs
Creative writing and critical reading free course icon level 3: advanced icon

History & The Arts

Creative writing and critical reading

This free course, Creative writing and critical reading, explores the importance of reading as part of a creative writer’s development at the postgraduate level. You will gain inspiration and ideas from examining other writers’ methods, as well as enhancing your critical reading skills. Examples will cover the genres of fiction, creative ...

Free course
8 hrs
Discovering music: the blues free course icon level 1: introductory icon

History & The Arts

Discovering music: the blues

This free course, Discovering music: the blues, will introduce you to a musical tradition with roots in the nineteenth century but which is still relevant to making music today. You will learn about how the lyrics of blues songs reflect the social environment in which they were created, and about the musical techniques that underpin the ...

Free course
6 hrs
Y Gymru Gyfoes free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Society, Politics & Law

Y Gymru Gyfoes

Drwy edrych ar wahaniaethau a chysylltiadau, mae'r cwrs yn gofnod awdurdodol a diweddar o economi, cymdeithas, gwleidyddiaeth a diwylliant Cymru gyfoes ac mae'n cynnwys amrywiaeth eang o astudiaethau achos diddorol.

Free course
15 hrs
A freelance career in the creative arts free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

History & The Arts

A freelance career in the creative arts

A freelance career in the creative arts is a free badged course which lasts 8 weeks, with approximately 3 hours’ study time each week. You can work through the course at your own pace, so if you have more time one week, there’s nothing to stop you pushing on and completing another week’s study. This course has a specific focus on the ...

Free course
24 hrs
Digital humanities: humanities research in the digital age free course icon level 3: advanced icon

History & The Arts

Digital humanities: humanities research in the digital age

This free course will prepare you for the challenges of doing research in an increasingly digital world. It introduces the methods of digital humanities and explains how research methods in the humanities can be combined with digital media and technologies. After completing the course, you will be able to analyse, understand and use digital ...

Free course
10 hrs
The ethics of cultural heritage free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

The ethics of cultural heritage

This free course, The ethics of cultural heritage, provides the basic theory behind the protection of cultural property in war zones and is presented in three parts: the protection of cultural property; the legal basis for that protection; and accounts of proportionality (that is, on deciding whether or not there is a feasible alternative to ...

Free course
12 hrs
Discovering music through listening free course icon level 1: introductory icon

History & The Arts

Discovering music through listening

This free course, Discovering music through listening, will introduce you to the musical elements used by musicians to create a piece of music: pulse, tempo, metre, harmony, structure, texture, timbre and dynamics. You'll learn how to identify the different musical elements by taking a particular approach to listening to the music, known as ...

Free course
9 hrs